Oakland Raiders Need a Big Dose of Inspiration From Head Coach Hue Jackson

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IISeptember 5, 2011

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 5: Head coach Hue Jackson of the Oakland Raiders looks on during practice at the Oakland Raiders training facility on August 5, 2011 in Napa, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Sometimes it makes sense to revisit a lesson in order to guarantee learning and retention. Here is an article that repeats an earlier lesson, directed to the Oakland Raiders.

I am going to make some ridiculous comparisons in this article. Most of us in the Raider Nation are ready for Hue Jackson and his staff to light a flame under the behinds of these young, talented, well-paid (or overpaid) Oakland Raiders.

Here is our call to action: Hue Jackson, please ignite a fire and get these guys to put more effort into the game!

As one fine writer points out, Darrius Heyward-Bey has only two touchdowns in two seasons. This means, in a humorous comparison, that each of those touchdowns have cost the Raiders $3.5 million. Well, all we care about are touchdowns, in most cases. Right?

Now if we were to compare what Art Powell and Warren Wells may have earned during each of their first two years with the Oakland Raiders back in the 1960s or '70s, we conjecture that some of these young guys today are not cost-effective players. Their productivity has to increase.

I set up a proportion equation, using a salary of $42,000, which is a fictional number to roughly estimate what Powell and Wells may have earned during their best seasons. With that number in mind, we set up the following equations:

  • Powell:   27 TDs/x  =  2/7,000,000   =>    x = $1,556/touchdown, for first two years with Oakland
  • Wells:    17 TDs/x  =  2/7,000,000   =>     x = $2,411/touchdown, for first two years with Oakland
  • Heyward-Bey:  $7,000,000/2           =>     x =  $3,500,000/touchdown, for first two years with Oakland

Next, I visited a Department of Labor website to use the CPI Inflation calculator.

Notice that $42,000 in 1970 is worth about $243,455 in purchasing power in 2011.

After inputting the data to do a backwards extrapolation, we find that $7,000,000 in 2011 is worth nearly $1,207,616 in 1970 for Heyward-Bey in this outrageous comparison.

In a humorous way, if Heyward-Bey were in the locker room back in those days with George Atkinson, Powell, Wells and others, they would have kicked his rear end for not getting more touchdowns. Back in the day, those guys were rough, tough and very serious about getting touchdowns and winning football games.

I know you think these numbers are outrageous, but what may be more shocking is that some of these young guys are paid very well, and yet they perform very poorly. The seniors in the Raider Nation know exactly what I am talking about because they saw those fantastic plays during the good old days.

I agree with one of our fine BR writers whose article indicates that Heyward-Bey needs to do better or get his contract re-written. According to my fun calculations, his new salary should be in a range of $244,000 to a maximum of about $1.2 million, based on his current productivity. Of course, if he comes through in 2011 and becomes more productive, then we may re-think our calculations.

Do the math!

Come on, Heyward-Bey and others! Act and play like authentic Oakland Raiders!

We love you guys, but we are raising the bar on you. Commit to excellence!


If Powell had a contract in 2011 he would make about $94 million, based on getting those 27 touchdowns in two years.

If Wells had a contract in 2011 he would make about $59.5 million, based on getting those 17 touchdowns in two years. DHB needs to PRODUCE!!!!! LOL