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Recalling the Seeds of Chucky: Oakland Raiders 2003-???

Article By on 10th July, 2009

... 26, 2003: Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Oakland Raiders would return to contention from 2000-2002 with coach Jon "Chucky" Gruden and riding on the shoulders of aging players like Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Rich Gannon.

Al Davis would also buck the orthodoxy of the NFL Draft by selecting kicker Sebastian Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft because a kicker was seen as their biggest hole for a team that had a small window to succeed.

In 2000, Gannon would lead the Raiders to the AFC Championship game during the 2000-2001 postseason against the Baltimore Ravens, where DL Tony Siragusa would intentionally injure Gannon to sideline him (the NFL fined Siragusa for the hit).

The Ravens...

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