Sorry Al, Oakland Needs a New Commitment

Joseph LopezCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2009

Sorry Al, these "Raiduhs" need a new commitment. Oh and by the way it does not include you.

Since the Oakland Raiders appeared in Superbowl XXXVII they've finished with losing records in each of the past 6 seasons. Al Davis, Raiders Owner, and ruthless leader is fading along side the Raiders tarnished NFL image.

Davis' declining health should be enough of a reason to step down as the Raiders leader.

But, Davis does not seem to see it that way. He's fired coach after coach, nothing changed—they still lost.

Not since the 2002-03 season have the Raiders clinched a playoff spot. The "Just Win Baby" slogan that the Raiders love so much isn't as convincing as it was 6 or 7 years ago. Some of the blame must go to Al Davis—he is the one is charge isn't he?

Over the past few years the Raiders have wasted first round, first pick draft picks on players that aren't a force in the NFL. JaMarcus Russell has talent, yes, but he doesn't have what I think it takes to be an effective quarterback in the NFL. Russell has a rocket-arm, but doesn't have the accuracy and awareness that is essential to every quarterback in the NFL. But, who knows—Russell could over time emerge as the offensive leader the Raiders desperately need.

But if the Raiders actually want to "Just Win Baby" then changes must take place. The changes must start in the front office, though. Al Davis has won three Superbowls, but over the past seven years the Raiders have struggled offensively, defensively and more importantly, they've struggled with management.

Al, if you love your "Raiduhs", you'll do what's right. You'll step down, and let someone else run the show. The Raider Nation is tired of 24-0 blowouts and home-game embarrassments. The Raiders need a new commitment—one that doesn't involve you so much.