Morrison On Raiders: "I'm Not A Big Picks Guy"

First-round picks give fans optimism, but they're not a sure thing, Kirk Morrison says

Reiter Than You
October 29, 2018 - 10:15 pm

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The Oakland Raiders aren’t the first NFL team to rebuild, and they certainly won’t be the last. But there’s something about this rebuild that’s different.

“They’re rebuilding within the season,” former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison said on Reiter Than You. “That’s the hard part. A lot of teams will rebuild in the offseason. Teams and fan bases, you kind of understand: ‘Okay, this team is not going to be very good this year, but (understand) because of the moves that they made. But I think it hurts the most because this team had superstars, and they were traded away during the season in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, and then you see the team not playing well. The coach is telling you, ‘Hey, we’re doing what’s best for the team,’ and you’re like, ‘No, you’re trading away the best players.’

“So I get it from a fan perspective,” Morrison continued. “But I think for me, I look at some of those players on the team, some of those veteran guys who are in the (last) years of their career and kind of at the end of the road – and yet this team is not very competitive.”

Indeed, the Raiders are 1-6. Their only win came at home against the Browns in overtime. Their last three losses have all come by at least two touchdowns, including a 42-28 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

“I’m not saying the Colts are bad, but they’re not two touchdowns better than the Oakland Raiders,” Morrison said. “So it’s going to be hard. Everybody’s going to focus on the three first-round picks, but I’m just not a big picks guy. Picks don’t really mean much to me. It doesn’t give you (wins right now). You might get some guys who have to work their way into a rotation or a lineup or to start. They just don’t come in and light it up on fire. Yes, that gives you optimism, but for Raider Nation right now, they’re just going to have to be patient. It’s just hard when you look at a league in which you want to see immediate results.”

The Raiders will face the Niners (1-7) in Santa Clara on Thursday. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.