If you watched ESPN’s 30 For 30: Al Davis vs. the NFL, you will no doubt have been treated to a litany of the late owner’s famous phrases. The documentary, charting the many disputes of Al Davis and then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, frequently cut to old footage of Davis espousing the core ideals of the Raiders organization. “Just Win Baby” and “Commitment to Excellence” were of course the common phrases.
Yet, one favorite phrase of Davis may be most apt as a body double, draped in Davis’ infamous white tracksuit, wandered the stands of the new Allegiant Stadium, “The Greatness of the Raiders is in its future.”
The future is now for the Raiders
Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported NFL teams may be interested in trading for Derek Carr. Bonsignore adds that the Raiders quarterback would be a “hot commodity” among teams searching for a new quarterback. This doesn’t mean the Raiders will be moving on from Carr anytime soon.
Instead, of all the things the late Al Davis uttered, none might be as pertinent as the one that states the Raiders’ greatness lies in its future. If this Las Vegas team is serious about its future, they have to make a trade for Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson formally asked the Texans’ brass traded him and removed all images of the Texans from his social media. He felt immensely disrespected and devalued when the team disregarded his input in their head coaching search. He favored Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, but the Texans did not even request to interview with him (at least at first). They eventually opted to hire David Culley, a former Ravens assistant.