If there was such a award as comeback owner of the year Al Davis would be the favorite after a good draft and making moves that needed to be made. For 7 years the Raiders have been the bottom dwellers in the league with the front office (Davis) making the same mistakes over and over again. From bringing in other teams trash- Walker, Hall, Brooks, Wilson and a list that goes on for a while and drafting only for the guy that run's a fast 40 yard dash or looks good in gym shorts. When I heard " with the 8th pick the Oakland Raiders select Rolando Mcclain" I knew something was up. It just felt different. And then to put the cherry on top of draft weekend Davis sends a 4th rd pick for a proven starter in the NFL Cambell which just made the off season in my opinion and brought some hope back.
I have been a Al Davis basher for the last couple of years. Watching the defense play the same tired old 4-3 man to man coverage was wearing thin on me big time. Watching these fast guys runnin around not knowing how to play football was just as bad. But paying my hard earned money to watch Jamarcus Russell had me on the brink of not renewing my season tickets. Some might call me a fair weather fan or band wagon type, I just call myself a real Raider fan that knows football. Seeing Jamarcus out of shape and not being able to hit a barn in the coliseum grew thin fast. The thing that pushed me over the edge was watching Russell in pre game warm up's over throwing players that were only 15 yards away, im not talking about one overthrown pass im talking 10-15 in a row it was horrible.
When message to Al website was established I was a big supporter. Did Davis even see the sign we will never know. Did Davis see the sign and think hey maybe I need to change things up again we will never know. What I do know is this off season has been completely out of the ordinary for the Raiders. No big time free agents were brought in. We kept our own players. We trimmed a lot of fat off the roster. There is one player I do think we will miss in Morrison but outside of him there is no move the Raiders have made that can come into question.
Why the sudden change in the way the Raiders are run now? Al Daivs saw the empty seats last year. Week after week the Raider games were blacked out in Oakland. The offense was horrible with Russell running the show. Davis just wants to win and realized that things needed to change. Davis has put his hall of fame ego aside and is now in the running to be the comeback owner of the year.