LaMarr Woodley Talks Rise Of Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders – Oakland Raiders News

LaMarr Woodley Talks Rise Of Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders – Oakland Raiders News

Former Raiders Linebacker LaMarr Woodley

LaMarr Woodley tried telling people back in 2014.

Admittedly, they didn’t listen, but that didn’t stop the former Super Bowl champion from sticking to his message, keenly aware of what was brewing in the Bay Area.

2014 was Woodley’s lone season as an Oakland Raider, and while he eventually signed with the Arizona Cardinals at season’s end, calling it a career just one year later, he saw during that season that the Raiders were on the verge of building something special at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.

“I told people the year I was here, I feel like we had a good team that year,” said Woodley. “We didn’t get it done, but after I left, I told people that the Raiders were going to turn it around in the next two or three years. I told people that. I said, ‘when they turn around, y’all don’t understand how big that fan base is.’ I said, ‘they are crazy.’ I said, ‘those people support the Raiders, and when things turn around up there, it’s going to be a shock across the whole nation.’”

In the annals of Raiders history, the 2014 season will assuredly be remembered more as the rookie seasons for quarterback Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, and not for the team’s 3-13 record, but in hindsight, the 2014 season proved to be an important one for the franchise.

While the team admittedly didn’t find a ton of success on the field, General Manager Reggie McKenzie succeeded in surrounding his young, talented nucleus of players with savvy veterans from winning franchises, who could impart what they had learned throughout their careers, to a roster primarily made up…

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