Oakland Raiders 2012 Expectations: Raider Nation Needs a Reality Check

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Oakland Raiders 2012 Expectations: Raider Nation Needs a Reality Check
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Raider Nation, our hopes were high when the Oakland Raiders started the 2012 season.

New general manager Reggie McKenzie had been brought on as the team’s first-ever general manager. First-year coach Dennis Allen was hired as Oakland’s first defensive-minded head coach since the legendary John Madden. He brought on offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to help bring the Oakland offense into the 21st century.

2012, according to many in Raider Nation, was the year the Raiders turn things around.

Now that we’re almost 13 weeks into the season and the Raiders record is currently 3-8, Raider Nation is starting to panic. Here are some comments from my last article post:

Fire the whole coaching staff and bring back Gruden or Hue Jackson.

—Anthony Hinton

We are stuck with Mark Davis. And until he realizes how much Al's wisdom over the years are invaluable and sucks up his pride and at least tries to rebuild the legacy of the attitude of a Raider, we will continue to look like the early 70s version of the New Orleans Saints with Archie Manning.

First things first, get rid of Reggie McKenzie, who is not Wolf by any means. Send the whole coaching staff and the players they brought along for the ride to the waiver list. Get the players a real coach. Get an offensive line that can block, period. If you had to run behind the O-line for the last five years, you would be hurt too.

It starts with having the guts to tell Reggie that this is not it!

—Maury Nichols

 

Have we forgotten about the past decade since former head coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Callahan coached a very successful run with the Oakland Raiders?

Does Raider Nation forget the fact that Hue Jackson traded away their first-round choice in the 2012 draft and their second-round choice in the 2013 draft for quarterback Carson Palmer? With a possibility that the 2013 second-round pick escalates into a first-rounder if the Raiders win a divisional playoff game in 2012?

That left the Raiders with zero draft picks in the 2012 draft until the 32nd pick in the third round.

Did we forget that the Oakland Raiders had a $145.7 million cap number for their top 51 players right before the 2012 season?

More comments from my last article post:

Have we forgot "Commitment to Excellence?"

Just win, baby!

Why is this acceptable?

I have been a Raiders fan since 1970. This is a joke and a nightmare. Raiders fans are putting up with this?

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We need the old Black Hole and need to put Reggie and the coaching staff in the Hole and ship them on.

Let's get back to Raiders football!

—Maury NICHOLS

Have we forgotten the state the team has been in during the past 10 years with the late Al Davis at the helm?

Listen, I love Al Davis and all he’s done for the Oakland Raiders and the NFL. But let’s remember the endless drafts where Al Davis picked players because of their speed (James Jett) and instead of football talent (remember Drew Brees going four picks after Oakland took safety Derrick Gibson?), the short leashes he held on coaches (Mike White, Joe Bugel, Art Shell’s second tour and Tom Cable).

 

Do you long for the days of the Oakland Raiders trying to run an offense from the mid-80s 20 years after it was successful?

The fact is that our Raiders organization has been living in the past for a long time.

Fortunately, many fans do get it:

Tarver is working with the injury-plagued, over-paid and under-performing defense he was given. Don't be a fool. Mackenzie had to let go Wimbley and Routt, who, believe it or not, did help the defense. Routt is still garbage, don't get me wrong. Tarver, however, has switched us from the same predictable scheme Oakland had been running for years.

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People who say get rid of the coaches after one year of play are crazy; continuity is something that you'll see on pretty much every great team in the league.

—Tyler Thornhill

Exacly. It's sad that fans can see how to use the players better than the coaches. This team is way more than talented enough to be at least 8-8. If we would've kept the same coaching staff as last year, outside of Bresnahan, we would've been even better than last year.

—Nico D

And maybe the most rational comment on my last article on who should stay or go with the Oakland Raiders after this season:

 

Raiders have arguably the worst starting defensive lineup in the NFL with no pure pass rushers or even solid cover corners to speak of. Not to mention the LB core is young and sub-par at best.

Bresnahan at least had Kamerion Wimbley and Standford Routt to work with. Tarver? Two near-done DT's, a safety playing corner, a decent LB in Wheeler and a rookie LB still learning.

I, for one, prefer Tarver's D over Bresnahan's D. The Atlanta game rings a bell; you think Bresnahan would have brought up a game plan to slow down J. Jones and R. White with the corners they got?

Big picture, big picture.

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—Ryan Covarrubias

 

I’ve been a fan of the Oakland Raiders since I was a kid in the mid-1970s. I’ve seen this team win and lose Super Bowls.

I’ve screamed and yelled for over 20 Raiders quarterbacks: Jim Plunkett, Marc Wilson, Jay Schroeder, Jeff Hostetler, Billy Joe Hobert, Vince Evans, Wade Wilson, Jeff George, Rich Gannon, Rick Mirer, Marques Tuiasosopo, Kerry Collins, Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper,  JaMarcus Russell, Andrew Walter, Charlie Frye, Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller, Jason Campbell and now Carson Palmer.

What we are witnessing now is something we have never seen before as members of the Raider Nation. We’re seeing the first year of an organization under a new vision, and we should match our expectations accordingly.

Raider Nation, all I’m asking is this: take a step back and look at the big picture. This team will be a Super Bowl contender again. But general manger Reggie McKenzie will need time (and salary-cap room) to build a competitive team. Until that happens, it’s going to be a bumpy roller-coaster ride.

In the meantime, join me, Raider Nation, as we continue to support our Oakland Raiders as they start a new chapter in Oakland Raiders history!

GO RAIDERS!

 

Ray Garcia is a sports radio host and owner of TPSRadio.net (The People's Sports Radio Network). You can follow him on Twitter @tpsray

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