Oakland Raiders, What Needs To Change?
Al Davis needs to stop assembling a coaching staff before he hires a head coach. If a head coach looses or wins, then you fire or reward him with a new contract.
Al has to let his head coach do his job and assemble his own staff; otherwise that coach is not responsible for their failures, Al is (although he puts the blame on the head coach).
Al needs to hire a General Manager who can make an instant impact in player recruiting, draft prospects, the re-signing of players (such as Shane Lechler and Nnamdi Asomugha) and ultimately dealing with Al.
I'm not saying we will not be successful without one. I'm just saying it is very important (John Madden or Tim Brown anyone?). The last time we had one was the year before our last Super Bowl against Tampa Bay in which we lost our general manager and head coach.
Al needs to quit drafting players we don't need. He needs to use the draft like every other team and use the draft to fill positions of need such as offensive tackle, wide receiver, defensive lineman, and maybe a linebacker.
These are all mistakes that he continues to make and, I believe, we won't be successful until he stops making them.
Now that Al has assembled his assistant coaches, he should not have had John Herrera deny the hiring, or the teams intentions to hire Tom Cable. This is (to Tom Cable and Don Martindale) disrespectful and I wouldn't blame Tom for leaving—although I doubt he would since he is a true Raiders fan and the possible future head coach). Don Martindale agreed and moved on to our rival the Denver Broncos.Let's hope that doesn't come back to haunt like it did with Mike Shanahan.
Tom made some great strides and improvements despite taking over a team drowning in controversy, disloyalty, and a possible losing season. He always stayed positive and got his players motivated to believe they could win again.
Tom made key changes when certain players weren't producing and gave younger players opportunities to step up their game. Although there were a couple questionable trick play calls that I don't agree with.
I do think Cable had the right idea late, last season to make the game fun for the players (just not the right trick plays at the right time).
No matter which assistant coaches Cable is left with, I do believe he is the right man for the job. Let's hope he gets hired and has at least a full year to prove what he is made of with what he is left with. Thanks Al!
John Herrera denies everything the media says and reports, mostly Chris Mortensen. Although he is loyal to Al, I think he needs to be replaced.
His old ways are not fundamentally sound for this generation of media.The media these days are full of, "my source says," and "The rumor is." John Herrera's Nixon like denying tactics don't work anymore, and half the time the accusations and stories are true.
After an injury riddled year, Brad Roll has to get and keep his players in great condition—after all it's his job. So many key players went down one after the other last year, who could blame the Raiders for having a crappy season?
For example, Drew Carter and Oren O'Neal went down before even playing a regular season game! They were two very important key players. Justin Griffith got hurt the seventh game into the season. To list all the injuries would be too long, so here's a link to ponder:
The bottom line is that Brad Roll better get and keep his players in game playing condition for the Raiders to be successful this year.
JaMarcus Russell made some improvement last year with mistakes along the way. One of the mistakes was his inability to put finesse on the ball under pressure such as a screen pass.
Many times I saw him on the screen throw it too hard or to the wrong side of the running back. Russell also needs to learn how to tuck and run the ball when the pocket breaks down.
I would love to see a lighter, leaner, and faster J-Rock burning up some yards when all of his receivers are covered. His pocket presence isn't great either and could also use a little work.
Paul Hackett is J-Rocks new man, listen to him.
JaMarcus showed us last year he was dedicated to improve, let's all hope that continues. For the Raiders to navigate the road to greatness, J-Rock is going to have to drive.
We all know, the current Raiders team is in need of improvement. I am merely pointing out some of the things that need to be addressed for them to be a stellar franchise once again.