John Madden coached for more than a decade in Oakland, winning a Super Bowl at the height of the Raiders’ glory years.
Naturally, he’s finding it hard to see his team relocate to Las Vegas.
“Maybe this is just me being oversensitive, but, doggone it, if you’re going to go, that’s really tough, but leave us something,” Madden told SiriusXM on Wednesday night (via ESPN). “Leave us something here in Oakland. Please.”
This isn’t the first time the Raiders have relocated. In 1982, four years after Madden’s last as coach, the team moved south to Los Angeles.
Madden, 81, says it’s different this time. A Louisiana native who opted to stay in-state after a tumultuous childhood (thanks to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina), Fournette truly is one of the most special running back talents we’ve seen since Bo Jackson. He’s not as impressive anticipation-wise as Ezekiel Elliott or as finished as Todd Gurley or Adrian Peterson were coming out of college, but Fournette is freakishly balanced, explosive and controlled.
Despite being a 240-pound running back, Fournette is able to accelerate naturally after he takes the handoff. While he does not have great initial lateral quickness, he does NHL Jerseys Cheap display shifting control and subtle movements at the second level. He is phenomenal at Cheap USA Basketball Jerseys adjusting his body to encourage arm tackles. Fournette’s occasional frustrating games and need for adequate offensive line play should not drop him. If he lands with a team that can harness his upside, Fournette could quickly become the most talented running back in the NFL.