By now the Oakland Raiders being one of the favorites to compete for a trip to next year’s Super Bowl is one of the NFL’s worst-kept secrets. While just how legitimate of a chance the current team has is debatable but when you have two of the greatest men ever to don the Silver and Black say there’s a chance; well you gotta pay attention.
In an article published at NFL.com, written by Nick Shook, the NFL Hall of Famers shared some thoughts on the Raiders’ upcoming season.
“They’re a very good football team” and, “I think they proved last year that they are to be reckoned with. If not for the injury, who knows how last year turns out.”
-Tim Brown on the Raiders last season and right now
While many in Raider Nation and those outside of it have come to an acceptance that last year might’ve been “big” had not it been for quarterback Derek Carr’s unfortunate and untimely injury, the fact is, that was last season, and this is “now.” Though apparently, Tim Brown makes the point that most of us can now agree on regarding last year, but as cliche, as it sounds it’s in the past now.
Marcus Allen for his part expressed optimism as well but is worried about the defensive side of the ball, especially when we stop to think that maybe some of these enormous expectations will lie on rookies.
“You can’t outscore your opponent 40 to, you know you can’t put 40 points on the board every single night. Some days you’re going to struggle. You need that defense to step up. I think they need to get better on the back end.”
-Marcus Allen on the Raiders defensive uneasiness
While certainly there’s much for Raider NAtion to be excited about as camp looms on the horizon but how exactly will the defense improve? Will they be able to step and help close games or will the Silver and Black live and die by Derek Carr’s arm?
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