Since this Al Davis is long gone and never coming back, there are a few things to consider moving forward that I feel this team needs to do to:
a) have a successful second half
b) build for the future
Here's what they can do to accomplish this:
-Convince Al Davis to hire people to help him with football decisions. I love the man, respect the hell out of him, and am one of the last to jump ship here, but I truly believe he is too old and tired to do everything himself anymore. It's not necessarily that he's "lost it" or is going nuts, I just think he's trying to do too much and doesn't have the youth or stamina to hold it all down anymore
-Have Al let go a little so we can get a good, experienced football man to coach this team. This is tied directly to point one, and is absolutely essential. Forgetting his controversy, Cable has simply not been that good of a coach, and isn't the answer going forward. Fire him now? Not necessarily, but keeping him around isn't going to help this team.
-Have Cable coach, and not coordinate. We need a separate entity calling the plays, although I don't think Cable has done a HORRIBLE job; but he hasn't done a good one, either. Trying to be head coach, offensive line coach, and offensive coordinator at the same time isn't wise, and our play-calling, offensive line, and team morale have all suffered as a result.
-Get a new receivers coach. I don't know much about Sanjay Lal, but these guys are terrible. They body-catch the ball, don't fight for it when it's in the air, and can't sell a route to save their lives. They can't ALL be terrible receivers, so we've gotta look at the coaching on this one.
-Hold JaMarcus Russell to a higher standard. MAKE him come to camp in shape, or fine him heavily and maybe even suspend him. Force him to come in early and leave late; force him to stay behind and put in extra work with his receivers. I mean, really, if work ethic is such a concern, stop coddling the kid and threaten his livelihood. He responded well to the benching; keep up that kind of tough love.
There are obviously many other things that need to happen to return to our days of being an upper-echelon franchise, but I've already gone on too long. As I always do.
So thanks for reading!