In a brief interview featuring ESPN senior writer John Clayton, affectionately known as “The Professor”, was asked about the quick turnaround of the Oakland Raiders.
“Reggie McKenzie has done a great job building roster in particular getting Derek Carr and Khalil Mack. You win games with a quarterback and a playmaking pass rusher, edge rusher.”
“The star players are there.”
-John Clayton on current Raiders’ star players
Today’s NFL is no longer predicated on “short passing situation” philosophies or any that are deemed “conservative”, in fact, it has morphed into a game built for lighting up scoreboards through the air.
The secret to McKenzie’s success has been his drafting prowess and finding a franchise quarterback and a destructive force for the defense has been his highlights. In addition, the Derek Carr we saw last season will continue to light up those scoreboards with weapons such as Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Jared Cook.
“Let’s get guys in their second contract as opposed to guys in their third contract.”
-Clayton on loving what coach Jack Del Rio said to McKenzie about the roster.
Going younger while getting stronger and faster has helped turn this franchise in three short years. The Raiders have catapulted themselves into the Super Bowl conversation as legitimate challengers to the New England Patriots; a complete turnaround in Alameda that Clayton himself realizes.
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