Why the Raiders may have just saved their season, and what we can learn from them

Firstly I want to say congratulations to Hue for swinging for the fences. Reckless, maybe. Foolish, possibly. A big gamble, Absolutely! This is a guy that is going to take a big personal risk for the win. Whether he made a good judgement concerning what he gave up for Carson is debatable, but he took a gamble that could make or sink his career with the Raiders.


via This man's legacy may be "He was a fool, but he gave it all he had" or it could be "He swung for the fences and hit a home run"

The following are some reasons I believe this could be a good move and worth the sacrifice.

* At 4-2 the Raiders are in clear contention for a division title. This is a critical juncture in the season. Kyle Boller was not the answer. The Raiders want the playoffs this year. With the trade deadline looming less than two days after Campbell was injured, Hue had to act fast to save the season, even at a huge cost.

* The Raiders are loaded with offensive talent. DHB, Moore, and Ford are very dangerous. See last year in Oakland. They have a CONSISTENT top rated ground game. The offensive line is serviceable. What is the missing piece for this offense? A quarterback. No one else was out there. The difference between a bad and a great offense can be as little as a great QB.

* Palmer is a California kid and they are bringing him back to California to finish his career, and if all goes well, he will probably retire as a Raider.

* Carson Palmer was a talented quarterback. As we all know, the pro bowl may not mean a guy is a great QB, but he was there in 2005 and 2006. He won the Heisman trophy in 2002. In 2007, his last full year with the Bengals before his injury he had a 64.9 completion percentage, and threw for over 4,000 yards.

* The Raiders may have overpaid but they had to. With the deadline approaching, and the Raiders being desperate, any team with sense would try to get way more than they should get for a QB out of a trade with the Raiders. It was just the price that had to be paid. I don't think old Huey liked parting ways with a 1st and 2nd rounder but he didn't have much to bargain with, and the situation was dire.



Now for the good stuff. My uncle, who was like a father to me told me once, "if you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space". The idea he wanted me to understand is that in life, you don't get a second chance.

You have one shot, give it all you got. Take chances, live outside of the box, go against the grain, take the road less traveled. Another phrase I like is, "life begins where your comfort zone ends". In the words of another well known author, H2E, (or a close paraphrase.) "Winners take a chance, and sometimes end up (BeeP) the prom queen. Loser's end up at home alone (BeeP) by themselves." Not classy, but a good illustration nonetheless.



What the Raiders are doing with the future of their team

Sometimes you just gotta take your chances in life regardless of what anyone thinks, and against popular opinion. That is the mentality in life I want. Not a safe in the box boring hum drum walk in the park mentality, but a take advantage of every second and shoot for the stars, cause either way it's over soon.

Huey made a huge gamble that could not only save the season, but transversely cost him his job. He is definitely living in the moment and trying to make the most of his opportunities. Understand that Hue is not playing it safe. He believes in Carson Palmer. If Palmer fails, the Raiders future looks like poop.

Hugh is taking a huge risk gambling that Palmer is going to be a good QB. The man hasn't played a down in over a year. His age is against him. He could be a slob now. He stunk it up in Cincinnatt (whether justified or not I don't know) choosing to retire over finishing a contract that he himself signed and committed to. He had a partially torn elbow ligament in 2008, and it's unclear if he is the same QB However Hue made a choice that he wasn't gonna lay the season down, he was going for gold. He may have saved the season.

I think this is a valuable lesson for the Chiefs. Don't get comfortable. Don't be afraid to do something no one expects you to do. If Matt Cassell goes back to pathetic play one more time, put him on the bench. And if he isn't great at the end of the season take a swing at Luck, or Robert Griffin. Don't hand the ball off on every first down. Throw it down the field, you just may win a game. Start the Raiders game with a bomb to Baldwin. Do whatever it takes, but above all, leave all the chips on the table cause you will never be here again.

Here is to Carson Palmer being the Raider's biggest bust next to Purple Juice Russell! Jroc1_medium


This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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