By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 10:28 am in Oakland Raiders.
We’ll know the Raiders have truly returned when defense secretary Robert Gates calls the Raiders “evil.”
By now the end-of-interview comment from former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has made the rounds. Talking with the Financial Times, Rumsfeld, said he was pulling for the Steelers in the Super Bowl and said of the epic Pittsburgh-Oakland battles of the 1970, “Nobody could support the Raiders. They were evil.”
Nice isn’t it? Any outrage in Raider Nation is misplaced.
“Evil” sure beats “disfunctional,” “inept” or “incompetent.” It harkens back to a time when the Raiders were feared instead of mocked.
The Raiders got some of that back last year in going 8-8 and looking dominant in some instances while doing it.
The next step?
Get rid of all the pre-snap penalties and don’t worry about the fouls of aggression. If Richard Seymour deems it appropriate to deck Ben Roethlisberger, make sure it happens in a win instead of a one-sided loss.
Where the Raiders are concerned, evil is good.
WIMBLEY’S SERVICES REPORTEDLY SECURED
According to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com, the agent for Kamerion Wimbley said he expects notice by registered letter that the Raiders have exercised a $3.5 million buyback to keep him in Oakland and NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi is reporting the Raiders have already secured Wimbley’s services for 2011.
Makes sense. No way the Raiders were letting their nickel rusher and strong sideline linebacker get away.
The Raiders have made announcements or updates to their transactions page on Raiders.com since Jan. 5, including Wednesday’s deal with Seymour.