Oakland Raiders: Don't Let Anyone Change Your Mind About Them

Jarrod CooperCorrespondent INovember 2, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with his arms in the air while Tyvon Branch #33 runs back an interception against the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Eight weeks ago professional annalist had plenty of negative comments about the Oakland Raiders.  You would think that professionals in the broadcasting business would know the difference between constructive criticism and disrespecting a player or team.

 Fans have a reason to talk out of turn, through out the off-season fans are sold on the idea that their home team is ready for a great season, and when that team does not live up to their promise, that makes fans very upset.

When players consistently hear such negative talk about them through out the NFL, like the Raiders have it is hard to keep a level head when responding to the media.  Especially when your talking to the same media that is crushing you on T.V. and in the papers .  The NFL holds its players to a high level of respect when responding to the media.  The only real way players can get back at all the negative comments from people is to perform well on the football field.  That is exactly what the Raiders are doing right now.

The reason I bring this up,  is in the last couple weeks in the NFL there have been numerous players on T.V. after games sounding like fools as they make up excuse after excuse telling us why they didn't win, or why their not happy with the organization. 

 Every Oakland Raider fan truly knows about the craziness that goes on behind close doors, and the players are on the for front of that craziness.  Some how players have to find balance between staying politically correct and blowing off steam when talking to the media. 

Watching  pre and post game interviews with the Oakland Raiders, I can tell you that there is not a classier group of players than in the locker room of the Raiders.  They sit and talk to the same reporters that criticism them in a manner that is boarder line disrespectful, and still have the poise to hold there tongue when standing in light of victory. 

People, you have no idea how hard it is as a player to hold your tongue when you final get a chance to put someone in their place who has been talk trash on you and your teammates.  Holding back your opinion is a must in the NFL, if a player steps out of line by lashing out at the media he will receive a heavy fine.  An player is obligated to speak to the media or a fine can be given, as you all learned this week when Randy Moss received a 25k fine for not speaking to the media.  So I commend the Raiders for the way they have handled themselves. In the face of a terrible loss or the glory of awesome victory the players of the Oakland Raiders have held themselves to a higher standard that is dame near impossible to maintain while being over criticism.  

In the last two weeks the Oakland Raiders have played the way we all suspected they could if the team started playing together.  A top ranked defense, an offense that is using all of its weapons to the best of their ability.  For the second week in a row I give the Raiders a 10 on their performance.  Last week the Raiders beat the Seahawks and look like they are starting to pull it all together. This week the Raiders confidence is just right, an it is time for the Raiders to take over the division.  I am taking the Raiders over KC in a  close fought game and special teams will end up making the difference.

Jarrod Cooper

8 year Veteran

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