They’ve all seen the sparks, the glimpses of what it could be.
From Head Coach Jon Gruden, to Derek Carr, and players up and down the roster, the flashes have been there – they’ve seen them.
That said, in a season that resulted in just four wins, those glimpses just didn’t last long enough for the 2018 Oakland Raiders.
“We finished the season not making the playoffs, obviously, not the record we wanted, but you see those little glimmers, those little spots of light, in different situations, in different games, and we just have to figure out how we can multiply that, and keep that spark lit up,” said Jalen Richard following the team’s 35-3 Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. “Instead of it lighting up and then getting blown out, we have to figure out a way to get it back sparked up again, just keeping it lit. We just have to figure out how to do that.”
Across the board, the Silver and Black’s loss in the season finale was a tough one; squaring off against a team – on the road no less – that needed a win to secure home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs proved to be just too much for the Raiders to handle, and a halftime deficit of 21-3 eventually resulted in a 32-point loss for Coach Gruden and his team.
That said, a look at the bigger picture for the 2018 Raiders will show reasons for optimism going forward.