25 March 2006

Aaron Brooks Signs with the Raiders

Well, A.B. is going to get his wish: he will probably remain a starting quarterback. He signed a deal with the Raiders this week, probably the only team left he could have started with. He should fit in perfectly with Oakland, a team notorious for being a haven for dysfunctional players and aging stars who have never reached their potential (until they got there).

I predict that he will be the opening-day starter. They've already dumped their previous starting QB (another former Saint--Kerry Collins). His competition is a apparently a never-will-be (Marques Tuiasasopo) and a 2nd year guy that the jury is still out on (Andrew Walter). Of course, there are also a lot of rumors that the Raiders are also where Vince Young will eventually wind up.

My initial reaction is that Brooks and the Raiders deserve each other. They are a joke of a franchise right now too. But there are at least two things working in his favor. First, the last two Saints quarterbacks who signed free-agent contracts elsewhere (not counting Jeff Blake who was washed up after his injury) are (drum roll please...) Jake Delhomme and Kerry Collins. Both guys were in the Super Bowl in no time after leaving the Saints in their rear view mirror. Second, it should be easy for Brooks to succeed in Oakland--at least statistically. All he has to do is chuck the ball 70 yards downfield and wait for Randy Moss to throw the defensive back down and not get called for pass interference, catch the ball, and score a touchdown.

But hopefully that's all he will remain: a guy you'd take for your fantasy football team but you wouldn't want running your real-life team under any circumstances.


At March 25, 2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

I hope AB goes 16-0 in Oakland, runs through the playoffs, and then loses 62-0 to Brees and the Saints in the Super Bowl. I seriously do wish him only the best.

At March 26, 2006 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with mr.clio. I liked AB when he was in New Orleans and I still like him even though I hate the Raiders. And I wish idiots like the guy who wrote this article would stop hating for no reason. Stop hating on AB, because its you who is the joke.

At March 26, 2006 7:46 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...


I wouldn't say that Mr. Dardar hates AB. I just think he was not satisfied with AB's indifference and apparent lack of heart. I feel the same way. Another thing: I've been saying for the past several years thats its possible the previous coaching staff and their philosophy led AB to not making good plays. H was most dangerous when he scrambled, but yet the coaching staff didn't want him to scramble. Think about that 2000 season and what AB did. I think its possible Haslett and co. coached his skills/stregnth right from him. Perhaps a change of scenery (and coaching) in Oakland is exactly what AB needs . . You gotta agree with the Randy Moss assessment, right?

At March 26, 2006 11:11 AM, Blogger Commish said...

I'm not trashing A.B.. Pay attention. Maybe you should read my previous A.B. entry, where I said people should stop trashing him (what you said I was saying). I'm just saying that he's a good quarterback but a bad leader. That can't be disputed. Listen to what his former teammates have been saying to WWL and other media outlets.

At May 11, 2006 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you really have to had seen ABand the Saints play to really understand AB just had bad timing. Anyone remember the Saints/Bucs game. The Saints were up 7-0 and had the ball inside the Bucs 10 yardline with less than 2 minutes left in the half. On 2nd down Joe Horn, not Stallworth, Joe Horn, drops a pass in the endzone. On 3rd down, Bucs blitz, AB looses the ball and Tampa Bay scoops up the fumble and returns it for a TD. o instead of Saints being up 14-0 at the half the score is now 7-7. The bucs win the game 14-7. That game pretty much sums up the Saints and AB. And please let's not forget the Jaquars game where our kicker misses the extra point after the greatest NFL play in history where AB not only throws the pass but makes the key block down field to ensure Pathon's dive into the endzone.


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