It seems as if by the end of the week, all the haters here will get their wish. It seems as if Donovan McNabb will come to the left coast, however, it will be across the bridge in Oakland. Before you begin to cheer, stop yourself. Alot of folks here in NN, (myself included...) have called Al crazy as (place your own moniker here...) But, there is no mistaking that Al has a history of taking guys that were thought to be throwaway talent, and turned his Raiders into a perennial contender in no time at all. Does anyone remeber "Snake" Stabler, Jim Plunkett, or maybe even Rich Gannon? One of those guys is in the HOF, another should be in there, and another, could've gotten in there if not for a malcontent former HC that knew them inside and out.
I have railed long and loud about trying to bring McNabb to Frisco, with mixed reviews. To those who backed my claims, I thank you. You know who you are. For those who fought me......Pray you don't reep the whirlwind. McNabbs stats over the past 5 yrs speak volumes about his worth. He is now stepping into a great situation where he already has a decent running game behind formere 1st rd pick Darren McFadden. Underrated speedster Justin Fargas, and an emerging wideout in Darious Hayward-Bey. If that weeren't enough, he has a tough as nails, old school Hc in Tom Cable. Who through all the sceptisism, and back talking, squeezed quality wins out of a terrible bunch of players that took to his mantra. Too sweeten the deal, his owner is an open check book, willing to pay and get the players necessary to compete, even if they don't seem like it on the field. Ever notice how every team from time to time wants to strip the Raiders of their players, even though their record may not show it? Beware I say.....
Last year the Raiders ranked 31st in the league in offense. I say beware, as adding McNabb will only boost this rating, as the Raiders played QB by commitee in '09. Lamarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, and Charlie Frye all played a little under center. With McNabb taking the snaps, the offense will have 1 General to run the team, and this will create Chemistry. (Something the Niners have had a sever problem with the last 3 yrs.)
The league should prepare themselves as this season, the Raiders have the 8th overall pick in the draft and a high pick in the 2nd rd as well. Add to this mix, two 5th rd picks and two 7th rd's as well. If done right, this could give the Raiders amazing depth on their team. This being Cable's 2nd yr at the helm, one can only wonder what this team can accomplish in the next 2 years. Don't laugh, Davis has been known to cut awesome deals fior p[layers who do well. This includes getting his team out of the doldroms. McNabb's arm strength could make Hayward-Bey a very deadly target downfield. The type of hookup Davis covets and McNabb was cultivating with Jackson in Philly. The AFC West, aside from San Diego, is a wide open territory ripe for the pickings. And with San Diego losing their premiere back in L.T., that puts the entire load on Darren Sproles, a back that has shown he is great as a COP, but, wilted as the starter. so, Oakland could easily be in the drivers seat for their division. I know this isn't a true niners post, but, I only bring this up due to the fact, McNabb was available, and we didn't pull the trigger. I only hope that our hesitance, hasn't killed us once again.