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Ever since their Superbowl run the Raiders have made awful mistakes in terms of coaching hires and personnel moves.
The blame falls at the feet of Al Davis.
Al Davis values speed and athleticism more than skill and production. This is obvious when you look at his draft choices and free agent acquisitions.
Such bad choices in player management are Randy Moss, Derius Heyward-Bey, Jamarcus Russell, Robert Gallery, and many late round picks that have not worked out.
His coaching hires are worse. Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Norv Turner, and Tom Cable have all been part of the Raiders coaching carousel since their last Super Bowl appearance.
The dumbest move Davis ever made in regards to coaching was letting Jon Gruden go. The year after his release he went to Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl against the Raiders, beating them badly.
It was an awful performance by Oakland and was caused in large by the fact that new coach, Bill Callahan, barely changed the offense, audibles, or play calls that were in place when Gruden was the coach.
That is pure idiocy, and the main reason Oakland was shut down offensively in the game. The next year Callahan went 4-12 and was fired, while Gruden enjoyed several more successful years in Tampa.
One of the worst parts about Davis is how he has fired the coaches for personal reasons rather than professional.
Lane Kiffin deserved to be fired, but the way in which Al Davis did it was awful. His prepared statement and press conference was little more than a smear campaign against Kiffin. Personally, my favorite part was when Al Davis said "Jamarcus Russell is a good quarterback, deal with it."
Lane Kiffin was right Al, Jamarcus is not a good quarterback. Maybe you should listen to your coaches, or anyone who actually understands football.
Sadly, Davis will probably still be leading this franchise for a few more years, which leaves Oakland in a bad spot.
Whether it be bad personnel decisions, bad coaching hires, or imposing his will on disgruntled coaches, Davis will be running this proud franchise into the ground for years to come.