The Oakland Raiders Are Bringing Back Their Mean Streak

May 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Once upon a time, the Raiders had one of the most feared defenses in the NFL.
In the days when George Atkinson and Jack Tatum roamed the defensive backfield, the Steelers dubbed the Raiders a "criminal element" because of the "malicious intent" of many of their hits.
The Raiders even embraced their "criminal element." As Tatum once said, "I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.”
These guys were head-hunters who struck fear into offenses, especially any receiver dumb enough to venture over the middle. They gave a damn about any fines the league may institute.
As it stands now the Raiders have lacked hard-hitters for years. The last real hard-hitters they had were Greg Biekert, Rod Woodson, and Bill Romanowski.
But that is about to change. The Raiders are bringing back the hard-hitters, head-hunters, and their mean-streak.
It started last year when the Raiders drafted Michael Mitchell. 
And this year i...

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