Tim Brown and Marcus Allen are among those in Raider Nation getting excited about next season’s chances.
Both Hall of Famers reportedly voiced views that the Silver & Black can win Super Bowl LII. The Raiders legends talked with NFL.com about that possibility, adding that untimely injuries or defensive struggle could derail such a season.
“They’re a very good football team,” Brown said at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Tournament in Truckee. “I think they proved last year that they are to be reckoned with. If not for the injury, who knows how last year turns out.
“I think the excitement should be really high in camp. And you can’t overlook the games you’ve got to play and start thinking about the Super Bowl right now. But I think if this team can stay together and of course, injuries are always going to play a part stay injury free, they have just as good a chance as anybody in the league, as far as I’m concerned, winning the whole thing.”
While the former wide receiver showed strong optimism, Allen toed the line a little more.
“Certainly, I just think they have to get better defensively,” Allen said when asked if the team’s championship window is open. “I think they have tools on offense. They certainly have a quarterback. I think they have the receivers. I think they can move the ball and put points on the board.
“It sounds so cliché, but people do win championships. And you can’t outscore your opponent 40 to, you know you can’t put 40 points on the board every single night. Some days you’re going to struggle. You need that defense to step up. I think they need to get better on the back end.”
OK so Allen is less than fully confident. But he and Brown are clearly on board with the Raiders’ momentum.
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