It's no secret that the Oakland Raiders have gone through their fair share of struggle. The last time they were an over-.500 team was back in 2002 when they had an 11-5 record. Since then, the franchise has made plenty of bad decisions, which have led to one disappointing team after another. Last year, their star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha decided to void his contract and leave the Black and Silver for the greener grass of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Upon his arrival at Philly, Asomugha noticed a huge change in the expectations when it came to their football team's performance. In an interview on WIP with Anthony & Glen, Nnamdi voiced his opinion over the differences between in playing in Philadelphia versus competing in Oakland.
“It’s true. The 8-8 in Oakland? We were perennially the last team in the AFC West. We would win maybe two games a year or four games a year. When we got to 8-8 and it was like, 'Wow! There is so much improvement.' You’re not excited you didn’t make the playoffs, but you’re excited that we were moving in the right direction. I love how different that it is over here because 8-8 is not acceptable. It doesn’t matter where you have come from, 8-8 should always be that we are playing below where we should be playing. Out here that is the mentality. 8-8 shouldn’t be anywhere near what we are thinking. That was great.”
With back-to-back 8-8 finishes, Raider Nation should feel that their team is on the cusp of bigger and better things. In addition, these comments by Asomugha should be all the motivation they need to prove they are ready to compete at the next level.