Oakland Raiders: Coaches Must Trigger Winning Attitude in the Team

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Oakland Raiders: Coaches Must Trigger Winning Attitude in the Team
The red line shows the pattern of win-loss for Oakland in 2009. The blue line shows the pattern for the Seahawks in 2009.

Oakland Raiders, please respond to this "trigger," an article intended to catapult you to a winning attitude.

The experiences I have had in urban education programs remind me of those participants who were easily "triggered" to act out certain behaviors. The word is used in an interesting way. Here is the definition:

  1. [noun] an act that sets in motion some course of events
    Synonyms: induction, initiation
  2. [verb] put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
    Synonyms: trip, actuate, activate, set off, spark off, spark, off, touch off

Now take a look at this data and tell me what it triggers in you. It represents the win-loss chart of the Seahawks and the Raiders in 2009.

Seahawks Oakland
5 0
0 5
0 0
0 0
5 0
0 5
0 0
5 0
0 0
0 5
5 0
5 5
0 0
0 5
0 0
0 0

If we were to chart the win-loss behavior of the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 preseason, it would be a flat line, so far. In the medical world a flat line indicates "death." Of course, things can get resuscitated. So the Oakland Raiders need to be resuscitated. Right?

Yes, I placed a yellow background in the chart. This is a warning light. The intent of this discussion is to trigger new behaviors in the Oakland Raiders.

In 2009, so many fans were "upset" that the Oakland Raiders did not manage to get consecutive wins during the entire 2009 season. In 2010, there were three consecutive wins after the fantastic defeat of the Broncos. There was a short period of encouragement in 2010.

Yes, I know that the preseason games don't count for some of the readers, but in my opinion, everything counts. Everything gets calculated into the equation for true and consistent victories.

The red line in this chart represents the Oakland Raiders. At no point in the chart do you see a horizontal segment connecting two wins, each valued as a "5" in this discussion.

And, when we look at the Seahawks' data for 2009, it only has one such horizontal segment.

The warning is that, in 2009, there was no constancy, no consistency, in the win-loss record. The curve bounced from 0 to 5, and the win-loss behavior of the team shows that oscillation.

Let's hope the Raiders do not revert to the 2009 performance level. Again, let's hope they exceed the 8-8 record of 2010.

In 2011, we want to see more horizontal line segments in the graph. Or better yet, why not have a horizontal line segment with the equation y = 5, from x = [1, 16]—a 16-0 regular season?

If someone could forward this article to the coaches and players on the Oakland Raiders, just tell them that we want to "trigger" them, and get them fired up, so that they get "sick and tired" of losing and start winning more games.

Go Raiders!

Note: The value of "5" for a "win" is an arbitrary choice. Obviously, "0" is a good choice for a "loss." I like "5". It symbolizes "grace" in another type of discussion.

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