Oakland's front office telephones are bound to ring. The legal department is going to be working overtime. After yesterday's display, Ringling Brothers is going to be suing us for stealing their act.
That's right, break out the elephants and the seal who can balance a ball on his nose. Bring in the tight rope act and the bearded lady. Oakland's game has become little more than a strange spectacle, attracting curious football fans who wonder: "How much worse can these guys get?"
There is little doubt that thousands of lifelong fans such as myself have grown tired of defending the organization they were born to love. Frustration sets in, and nothing is worse than feeling like you have wasted time, emotion and energy by spending 3 hours having your heart ripped out by an organization that refuses to right itself.
Long since passed are the days of John Gruden and Bruce Allen running a respectable organization. The veteran stars that would come to Oakland proud to don the Silver and Black are nowhere to be found. We are in an era where the reputation of the organization is so bad, we have to make bums like Tommy Kelly the highest paid player at their position just to stay in Oakland. The only guys willing to come to our team , are those that are not wanted by any other team in the league, and thus at the end of their career long before arriving in camp.
I understand and love the "Us Against The World" mentality, but it's gotten to the point where the masses are starting to make some valid points. At this juncture, we're in love with our storied past or the uniform because anything at all that even remotely resembles the Raider mystique, is gone.
Tom Cable is a great offensive line coach, and I love the zone blocking scheme. Ironically, that scheme would work well with an offense like....say...John Gruden's. That's right, I said it. John Gruden, please come home and bring Bruce Allen with you. Anything less, and it is going to be a cold day in hell before we get a proven veteran quarterback into camp and try to clean up the mess left by the overweight, unmotivated idiot behind center right now. Keep Coach Cable as an offensive line coach, and allow him to do what he does best.
The nucleus is there. Louis Murphy and Chaz Schillens are good young wide receivers. Thomas Howard and Kirk Morrison are one of the league's best tandems at linebacker.
Asomugha and Chris Johnson have done a really nice job in the secondary so far. Michael Huff had a 3rd solid game and Mike Mitchell looked like he could prove everyone who doubted the Raiders and Bears for wanting to draft him him dead wrong.
Zach Miller is one of the league's best young tight ends. Michael Bush, Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas are all legitimate running backs ready to carry the load in Oakland.
There are just 3 major problems:
1. Poor quarterback play
2.Poor offensive play calling
3. Poor defensive play calling
There is only one man who can right this ship. One man who can tolerate our medaling owner. One man with the required obsession for exquisite attention to detail. He is sitting in the booth on Monday Night Football tonight, the question now is: For how long?
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