By now, it has been established that the Las Vegas Raiders need help, more specifically, on defense. Be that as it may, does this mean the Silver and Black will make a trade? So far, fans aren’t too happy with the lack of activity by the front office.
Pulling off a trade in the NFL isn’t exactly easy, many factors have to come together, namely the price tags. For the Raiders, we can see that general manager Mike Mayock treasures the team’s draft picks ever since he joined the organization. There’s nothing wrong with this philosophy as the former NFL Media personality and Raiders brass have drafted some studs these past two years.
The problem is that these draft selections can sometimes take time to develop, case in point the Raiders 2020 draft class. So while it is great to have young in-house talent be developed in the team’s mold, the Raiders, they need help now. Well, that is if they are serious about making a playoff run.
The defense in particular needs reinforcements by way of safeties and some more help to mount a pass-rush. Head coach Jon Gruden said there will be ‘changes’ but no one really knows what that means other than the man himself and Mayock. With teams actively making deals as we speak, fans recently voiced their opinions as we took the case to Raider Nation. We asked our readers if they are ‘surprised’ or ‘disappointed’ with the apparent lack of activity. As always, Raider Nation did not fail us.
Fans Are Not Thrilled With The Raiders Front Office Right Now
You know what to do 👇
— RaiderRamble.com™ (@TheRaiderRamble) October 28, 2020
Most fans expressed a feeling of disappointment but at the same time, they did not appear surprised. It is almost as if they are accustomed to being let down by the Raiders. One reader pointed out, in particular, their displeasure with the team dropping the ball on Carlos Dunlap.
Disappointed especially knowing the likes of @Carlos_Dunlap was easily available this week.
— IMP Advertising (@IMPAdvertising) October 28, 2020
I don’t think they are going to make any trades. We will ride and die with what we have currently. Got to save all the draft picks we can. I don’t know if I agree right now. We could get into the playoffs.
— Rick Johnston (@rick_j1022) October 28, 2020
Of course we are disappointed. We have seen stars come here to die, and then leave and be great again. We have seen people cut, only produce in other schemes.
I want Wade Phillips and I believe we have the talent that we need, just not the coaching.
— Imperfect Mike (@ImperfectMike) October 28, 2020
Not surprised. We need to go back and listen to mayock and gruden. They want sustained success and figure that comes with draft capitol. Don’t see them giving up any picks unless they get more in return. I highly disagree but this is a 5 yr plan. 😔
— Cameron Eckmann (@cameroneckmann) October 28, 2020
Raider Nation usually has their finger on their pulse and judging by the responses we got, they all made great points. The fact is, there is a good chance the Raiders do not make any trades and hold onto all their draft capital. A smart play though fans surely are hoping the 2021 draft class will have a more immediate impact.
Other fans like the talent that the roster already has and that what the team needs is new coaching. Gruden is not going anywhere but it’s true a new defensive shot-caller would be a fresh breath of air. It will be interesting to see what happens between now and November 3, Ramble On.
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