Oakland Raiders: Is It Time To Party Like It’s 1999?

February 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Someone once said that, "those who can not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
I guess that statement can be a matter of perspective depending on whom it's applied to and what part of history is being repeated.
Al Davis has seen this statement come to pass as the Raiders have revisited the mid 90's. During those dark times the Raiders were plagued with underachieving players and coaches that were as equally ineffective. The greatness of the Raiders trickled away with the great players like Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson and Howie Long, all leaving one by one. The long legacy of the Raiders winning ways faded into mediocrity.
In 1998 Al Davis hired a young head coach named Jon Gruden. After a disappointing 4-12 season the year before, the Raiders had glaring needs and they answered by drafting Charles Woodson, Mo Collins and Jon Ritchie.
After reaching 8-8 in 1998 Davis and Gruden once again approached the draft with glaring needs. Matt Stinchcomb, Eric Barton an...

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