Raider Nation Deserves More Transparency

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIMarch 30, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at the thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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     The past 2 seasons, Al Davis made 1 appearance in front of the media and he straightened out the facts.  In September 2008, aside from firing Lane Kiffin, Al Davis explained how the fans had been mis-guided by the media.  He called out ESPN and local writers on national television to set the record straight.  Davis also revealed he was considering hiring a GM to help with roster decisions.

     Between the '08 and '09 seasons, Davis spoke again to declare Tom Cable was head coach.

     But this off-season has been full of questions and uncertainties.  What is the role of Hue Jackson?  Is this Russell's last chance?  Will Davis ever hire a GM?  Is Tom Cable officially staying with the team as head coach?  What is the probability of trading for Donovan McNabb?

     With some questions, we have answers or educated guesses.  Hue Jackson said he will call plays, but didn't specify who he likes at QB.  Tom Cable hasn't been fired and has worked with the team for the whole off-season, but he was never confirmed by Al Davis as coach this year. 

     Lately, the biggest question is the status of the McNabb trade rumors.  Reports have said that Oakland would trade the 39th overall pick or Nnamdi Asomugha.  But these reports are from the "professional liars" Davis warned us about. 

     There is so much speculation and rumors that I don't know what to think of this mess.  We Raiders fans are the most loyal and passionate fans in pro sports.  We deserve to know how our team is operating and what is going on behind closed doors in Alameda.

     Once a year, the president of the United States adresses Congress and the citizens of what is happening in the nation in the state of the union address.  Raiders fans have formed a nation, and this nation needs Al Davis to hold another press conference to bring transparency to the fans and let us know what the hell is going on.