A team that showed a lot of promise in the first month and a half hit a midseason spiral that resulted in another crash landing that Raiders fans have painfully become accustomed to for more than two decades now.
Were there some bright spots? Absolutely. But those shiny plays were overcome by the shadow of numerous others that would have been comically bad had they happened to another team. Instead, in their debut season in Las Vegas when they should have been the hot ticket on the The Strip, the Raiders fizzled into another season of being an NFL also-ran.
Silver and Black Illustrated takes a look back at some of what went down in 2020, the things that are worth remembering and the ones that you’ll never want to think about again.
Offensive MVP: Darren Waller added to his incredible comeback story with a record-setting season that came as no surprise to anyone who watched him week in and week out. Waller burned defenses all year long, working to find creases and openings even when opponents knew the ball was going his way. He had his biggest game against the Jets (13 catches on 17 targets, 200 yards, two touchdowns) and had seven games total in which he caught six passes or more. Waller finished with 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns while breaking Hall of Famer Tim Brown’s franchise record for catches in a single season. “I know Tim Brown and I’ve got a great history with him. I know what an unbelievable player he was,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “When you start throwing Tim Brown’s name around, and you say ‘Breaking Tim Brown’s record’ you’re in rare territory.”
Defensive MVP: With apologies to linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski who was the team’s leading tackler and one of the few players who had a respectable season, Maxx Crosby was a beacon of light in a storm. While the Las Vegas pass rush as a whole was pathetic, Crosby was able to follow up his stellar rookie season with another strong year that bodes well considering he had little help from his fellow defensive linemen. He also had 13 hurries, 14 tackles for loss and put in overtime on special teams with a pair of blocked field goals in the season-ending win against the Broncos.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
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Tune up Fallout 4’s settlement system.
This is not your same old Bills
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Breaking down the two Las Vegas deals
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Bills Trade Wr Jones To Raiders For Pick
Zay Jones’ turbulent time with the Buffalo Bills came to an end on Oct. 8 when the Bills traded Jones to the Oakland Raiders for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
Gavin fires the dream for Wood's Raiders
If he so wished, Aaron Wood could put one hand on his heart, the other on the bible, and solemnly swear that he runs a record-breaking footy outfit.
ALAN: I'M CARR CRASH DUMMY!
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SIM SETTLEMENTS 2
Tune up Fallout 4’s settlement system.
YOU CAN'T RAID US OF IDENTITY!
CHAIRMAN Stephen Harris insists there are “no plans” for Worcester Raiders to get swallowed up despite a takeover by the owners of the city’s rugby club and League Two Morecambe.
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