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GREAT article! It’s also very interesting to note that Green Bay is clearly not better for Reggie leaving. Everyone points to Rodgers but there’s less talent on both sides of the ball and they’re struggling while the Raiders are turning into a powerhouse. As Lowell points out, others have left the Green Bay braintrust too, but clearly Reggie was a guy they miss having in the room during the draft.
Every time you write that the Raiders are a sure playoff team, I close my eyes and try to un-read it. I’ve seen enough collapses in my time, enough eggs not hatch, to feel safe about anything.
I would love to be seated next to Ron Wolf on a cross country flight, just to hear some old Raider draft-day stories. Heck, make it a non-stop to Europe.
Dennis Allen was a huge mistake. But,all that matters is now. Reggie,right now has it in high gear.
Carr.Carr has grown faster then the Raider receivers..he’s putting the ball right between the number or hands as the case might be…and they are dropping a high number of easy catches.
I see that as really going to hurt Oakland in the playoffs. Crabtree has leveled. As in water seeks its own level after a great start this year. Cooper too has had drops of ez caliber.
Still 9-2 feels like making woo. I’m a poet too.
Reggie did end one bad new Raider tradition. The attitude player. Who unlike the 70’s Raiders who went their own way,the new ones didn’t produce anything but huge contracts. Randy Moss,JaMarcus,Rolando McCain,Napolean Kaffman, NAMDY, and of course “I have an owee” Darrin McFadden who could run for 3 hours once a week- and make that seconds worth per game -right? While LeBron James had the VERY SAME foot problem ..and played NBA seasons like that -and well.
Reggie Bounced them …Richard Seymour- came to me-..and no more of that nonsense. The Raiders were like a team of lotto winners!..Didn’t matter they couldn’t or wouldn’t play. They was rich!
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.