Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (2), long snapper Jon Condo (59) and linebacker Nick Roach (53) run at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raider Nation: Nothing but a Third World Country

After covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, I almost stopped myself from going further after taking a look at the Oakland Raiders team roster. It doesn’t say much when your best player is a kicker (Sebastian Janikowski) and the only guy to watch for on offense (Darren McFadden) is made of glass and the only noteworthy guy on defense (Charles Woodson) is using a walker. Of the teams in the AFC West, Oakland takes the bottom of the barrel. Nevertheless, to be fair, let’s see what they’ve got and if this team is anything to be concerned about, which they aren’t!

The quarterback position will either go to Matt Flynn or Terrelle Pryor. Flynn had a handful of good games as a Green Bay Packer but wasn’t good enough to win out the job in Seattle. Pryor is no better and played sparingly in unimpressive fashion last season. Whoever the quarterback will be, his halfback will no doubt be Darren McFadden. The good news is the Raiders have a capable full back in Marcel Reece, the bad news is after McFadden there isn’t a clear second running back. It gets better though, there is no clear No.1 receiver and hardly a No.2. Darrius Heyward-Bey is gone and their leading receiver, tight end Brandon Myers (806 yards) is gone. They will have to trust in Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. The only tight ends returning are David Ausberry who had seven receptions for 92 yards and Richard Gordon who had two receptions for nine yards. The Raiders offensive line only gave up 27 sacks, tied for 5th best, which is not too shabby considering this is a division with Von Miller and Justin Houston in it.

On the defensive side of the ball, the line will have their ace Lamar Houston set for a breakout season along side Andre Carter. Vance Walker, Jason Hunter and Pat Sims were all picked up in the off-season to promote the line, but they won’t show flashes of superiority the Raiders had when Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly were around. The defensive line has obviously taken a step back and the linebackers aren’t any better, the only returning starter is Miles Burris after the departure of Rolando McClain and Philip Wheeler. The Raiders drafted Sio Moore and could relay on him to start immediately. Another draftee D.J. Hayden was selected 12th overall and will take over for one cornerback job, with newly signed Mike Jenkins on the other side, cornerback may have been their best upgrade. The teams’ strong safety, Tyvon Branch will get some much needed help with an aging Charles Woodson. The defensive backs might have gotten better but without pressure from the defensive front the back end can easily be exploited and taken advantage of.

The Chiefs and Broncos have loaded rosters and coaches which will be a challenge for the San Diego Chargers. Nothing like a good contender to make the victory all the more sweeter! The Oakland Raiders on the other hand are looking to stink for at least another year. Some experts and power rankings aren’t pitting the Chargers much higher than the Raiders, what’s causing these ranking to show unfavorable to the Bolts is the poor play by Philip Rivers. These experts are still assuming Rivers is done. We’ll more than likely beat out the Oakland Raiders two for two again this year just like last season. It’s a 16 game season and we’ll need the other 14 to prove these critics wrong. Ultimately, Rivers needs to come back to form.

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  • Cgoodness13

    Lets the sore ass raider fans ranting begin!!!!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    All I can do is laugh when I take a look at the Raiders’ roster.


  • Adam

    I wish That this article could be posted to Just Blog Baby. I’m ready for another scuffle

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      It might as well be posted on there.. half of their stalker fans are following me, FitzWilly, and some other guys on here.. Makes me feel loved.

      • Adam

        Wow really??? Actually I’m not surprised. It just further validates my stereotypes about them.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        Replace “follow” with “stalk” and you are spot on.

  • rise2it

    it’s funny but the entire story sounded like ranting to me. Also, could someone tell Mr. Lee that I don’t remember the Chargers making the playoffs either. 7 wins gets you just as far as 4, on the golf course. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

    • Alter Ego

      We have won the division 5x in the last 10 years…what part are you having difficulty with son?

      • Johnny Contreras

        Nik name CHOKERS……Duh!
        Your just mad that we have home games at your stadium. …lol

        • Alter Ego

          No I’m not…no one whips that Raider ass like the Chargers do.

  • espngrl

    I don’t understand why raider fans always seem to comment on the Chargers websites and postings

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      They have lots of time to peruse our site wishing they were wearing Charger blue. Can you imagine how sad you would be if you had to wear silver and black? Ugh, the humanity! ;-)

  • Luis Hernandez

    This article is stupid. More raider hating, the norm of this off season. This division will be far more competitive, in which the raiders will have a part in as well. We’ve upgraded every part of our roster, cut the dead weight and have guys that are hungry to compete. It’s better that people don’t see us as a threat, makes it easier to sneak up and steal some wins. Chargers… Playoffs… Super Bowl… I don’t think those words have ever been used in the same sentence, ever. The Broncos have maybe 2 years to rely on Manning under center, then what? Doesn’t seem like they have a back up plan, because Osweiler who??
    As for the Chiefs? Alex Smith? Enough said. Dude will revert back to his old days now that Harbaugh isn’t holding his hand.
    Raiders will prove a lot of people wrong this season. Raiders baby!

    • Alter Ego

      Yeah, we lost in the SB…not as bad as the Raiders did their last go around though. The Raiders got no shot this year or next.



    • Alter Ego

      no…they won’t

  • Johnny Contreras

    What a waste of time. Same old CChoking Chargers.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I never really understood why someone would ever want to stick two swords into their head. Maybe it’s because they want to kill themselves because their team is so freakishly bad.

    • Rob Base

      Here you go buddy. Now kick rocks!

    • Alter Ego

      It looks just like Al

    • Johnny Contreras


  • Silvia Arredondo

    Hater…Cry me a Rivers

  • Fukpowderblue

    You guys are such idiots! When you mention the RAIDERS, the NATION reads about it. What I find funny is that your sorry asses are to busy worrying about the RAIDERS, this is what the RAIDERS have and don’t have. We will still beat your sorry asses.

    • Blue&gold_blood

      beat the chargers, hey it’s cool to dream I guess. Good luck with that. I’ll never ever forget the year were the chargers were out of the playoffs , and all the raiders had to do was beat us to get in, and couldn’t even do that . Lol. You can thank us for helping you raiders not embarrasse your self in the playoffs .

    • Alter Ego

      Beat us ? When….your getting swept this year – next year doesn’t look good for you either…when do the Raiders stop sucking? Millions of people will die from old age before that happens – crap…think of all the fans who are going to kick the bucket this year…the last thing they will remember is…

  • Fukpowderblue

    strut on by like a king telling everybody they know nothing long live what you thought you were time aint on your side anymore.. anymore

    and so you tell me i can take my chances but i told you one too many times and you were cryin like a bitch!

    im tougher than nails i can promise u that
    stepped out of line and you get bitch slapped back
    and you can run your little mouth all day
    but the hand of just slapped you back into yesterday!

  • Lamont Brown

    Yea we suck…HAHAHA….Laugh while you can.
    We won trophies 30 years ago, yea yea yea, same ol Raider fans.
    But until you win one……..we will keep saying it. HAHAHA
    3 Trophies years ago is better than no trophies now…HAHAHA!
    Keep talking, that’s what you all do best.
    Have a nice day.

    • Alter Ego

      We are laughing at you…your team is funny

    • joerockt

      Lamont, where’ve you been dawg? Get ready for another loosing season and disappointment on most Sundays. It must eat at you that your season’s over before it begins. Just a pathetic roster that will be lucky to win 4 games. Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience this year:

      • Lamont Brown

        I respect you Joe, we’ve had some good debates. Looking forward to seeing all of your faces when we surprise you all. HAHAHA.
        Stay classy San Diego….HAHAHAH
        GO RAIDERS!!!!!

        • joerockt

          Can’t wait for Oct. 6th to see more of those sad panda faces.

          BOLT UP LAMONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • arnie

    Good article Jonah, you did the best you could, with what you had to work with. unfortunately, here we go again.. ” we have Superbowl wins…..you didn’t make the playofff..blah blah, blah. typical raider response, aaaaand Que. insults…..

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      It’s kind of boring and predictable, just like the Raiders offense. (sorry, that just typed itself!)

  • Bath Tub Man

    You ARE correct, the Raider Nation is Third World and the team does suck right now. However, we peasants can take solace in the fact that our team has nowhere to go but up….Your Chargers on the other hand are the greatest underachievers in the NFL you should have at least been to one SB in the last couple of years, but you always have an excuse why you didn’t. Face it, your team is old, soft, injury prone and going nowhere but down. The Raider Nation knows who they are and what the team is capable of. Charger fans though, you guys are delusional.

    • Alter Ego

      Your looking up from under our shoe…what did you say?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Of course we are delusional. All of this perfect weather and beautiful living does that to a person.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      We’re delusional? Uh huh…

  • Johnny Contreras

    How many Super Bowls do the Chokers have? A big fat 0…….lol

    • joerockt

      Funny, its the same as your IQ. Don’t you have a burrito to make?

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  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Looking forward to the season where this Chargers team upsets all the faider nation. Hope Philip Rivers gets all vocal on their asses. I have confidence that every member of this coaching staff will prepare this team to beat whoever steps up. Ladanian Tomlinson comented on how Mike McCoy ran his training camp similar to Marty S. That was a coach who was famous for destroying the Faiders. This staff will definitely worry about Oakland and not sleep on their talent or potential. That is why as a fan of the BOLTS, I am not worried about the sloppy faiders. They will get dealt with!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Gonna be a fun year… GO BOLTS!!!

  • smokey530

    Charger fans are the biggest front runners ever. Back when they had LT in his prime and pushing for a Superbowl birth they were giving out free bolt tattoos everywhere and fans decked out in charger gear. Now i walk around SD and see no charger gear anywhere, hell last Raider vs Charger game here I think the stadium was filled with more Raider fans.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    You just had to poke the hornets nest, didn’t you.

  • Rigo C Garcia

    Third World Country? More like the arm pit of a third world country. They are on a steady decline soon to hit rock bottom. Hope they get their s*** together cuz with all their suspensions and injuries (really need to invest on a good strenght & conditioning coach) will get them on a fast track to nowhere! But on a lighter note, I would want the Raiders aka “Faiders” to once again be contenders for the AFC West to give our Chargers some competition. I almost feel a bit sorry for the crying Pandas cuz they’re at the bottom of the barrel in the NFL.
    With that being said, Bolt Up!!!