Raiders Attack Rich Gannon Instead of the Broncos

Al's WingmanAnalyst ISeptember 28, 2009

As an Al Davis staff member, imagine getting an order to collect video, audio, and text clips of all things perceived as negative said about the Raiders. This is the exact same sort of tactics used by the former communist secret police. It's called a dossier.

No one is allowed to speak ill of the regime lest they face serious consequences.

A Rich Gannon dossier must exist front and center on Raiders senior executive John Herrera's desk because he is able to rattle off all kinds of statements to try and paint Gannon as a villain. Not just a villain mind you, Herrera wouldn't stop there. Herrera would have us believe Rich Gannon should be shamed in Raiders lore for a lost Super Bowl.

Thank you John Herrera for once again showing you are insecure and immature. Or maybe you are really just a good soldier thinking you are saying what the boss wants you to say. Though you lack the fortitude to admit that and instead, choose to end an interview abruptly rather than confront the main issue at hand.

In the mind of the Raiders front office, the most important issue is getting their side of the story out. That is the mistake Al Davis has believed to be the way to go about solving every problem prior to a lawsuit.

Anything that does not fall in lock step with that side of the story is labeled as hateful or damaging to the organization.

What John Herrera and Al Davis have failed to learn in their many years of experience is their methods have always failed to win fan sentiment. Most of us think both of those guys are insensitive and out of line. If you don't see that, then look at this latest episode and try and come up with a rationale for it that really makes sense.

Unless you just don't like Gannon in which case, it all makes perfect, legitimate sense.

Let's put this latest episode of Raiders vs. Gannon on the back burner since it most likely will go away and rightfully so. It's a disgrace for the Raiders front office to openly discredit the deeds of Rich Gannon and treat him as some wayward journeyman.

The Raiders did not make Gannon great. Gannon made Gannon great and he got beat in the Super Bowl by the man who helped him become great, Jon Gruden. This is ancient history now and for Herrera and/or Davis to not acknowledge that is pathetic.

But onto team matters. Today's game against the Broncos was awful.  It was awful because of the stifling heat. It was awful from the very start when it was plain as day there was no energy on defense. There is no excuse for how soft the defense played.  The goal line stand in the first quarter was nice but it never should have come to that.

So in essence, the team took one step forward in Week One against the Chargers but two steps back by Week Three against Denver.

Also setting the tone was JaMarcus Russell throwing an interception in the first quarter.

Let's just admit this Raider fans, JaWalrus isn't getting it. He's had enough time to develop his skill set. Aside from a few pretty good moments in this career thus far, his consistency is just not there. This year, he should be showing a lot better polish under the tutelage of Paul Hackett.

I won't say JR's a bust but his play is barely marginal. My opinion has always been JR is not about the game. He is about the coin. His heart is not into being a pro football player.

This is where Al Davis has made the majority of his mistakes. He still believes players want to be Raiders and this will bring out greatness in them. He genuinely lives by that sentiment.

One would think a guy as smart as Al would come to his senses by now and see the light through the trees. Players these days want the coin, not the greatness. It doesn't matter what they say. The bottom line speaks for itself.

Al has invested too heavily into marginal players and now the franchise is paying the price. JR's arm is great but he doesn't have the intangibles or the will to take the team on his back as every QB leader must do.

Are we going to see anything from DHB or is he just running in circles out there?

As for Darren McFadden, when your best offensive weapon fumbles three times it's pretty much over.

Not that it would have mattered but the Raiders had chances to score more points today but they beat themselves.

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