Fear and Trepidation In The 2009 Draft

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Published: April 10, 2009


... receiver with the seventh pick of the 2009 draft.  Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, and even Darius Heywood-Bey have all been proffered.  That’s the conventional wisdom. 

Conventional wisdom also tells us the Earth is flat.

The Raiders started the offseason in structural disarray although they finished the season with some bright hope for the future.  The team structure and organization evaporated, almost all of the coaching contracts expired, some key players were going to become eligible for free agency, and there were significant numbers of under-performers and toxic attitudes on the roster. 

The word “dysfunctional” was ubiquitous when talking about the team and even that seemed to fall short.

The Raiders had glaring deficiencies.  It was generally accepted that the defense couldn’t stop the run, the offensive line ...

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