The "blame game" is going strong in the Raider Nation.
We want to blame somebody for our "trail of tears" during these seven years of Oakland Raiders' history.
Yes, I am using the phrase that is historically connected to the displacement of some native Americans who ended up in other locations in early American history. A part of my family has a heritage of the "trail of tears," since many of them are from Cherokee County, in Texas.
I am tired of tears.
So, I am a part of the generation who rebels and shouts for change. Now, I am shouting for a change in the pattern of wins for the Oakland Raiders in 2010.
I can bear no more sorrow!
Our "trail of tears" must end. From our sorrow must come our passion for recovery and victory. The Oakland Raiders must do better, much better in 2010.
Now most people want to call a player a "bust." Let's consider calling any coach who is unable to produce victories a bust.
Why? Well, if for example, students don't learn and don't perform on some of the standardized tests, some school districts in some states blame the teachers. Note that a teacher is also a coach, in many ways.
So, if the team is not doing well, then the coaches need to take some of the blame, too. JaMarcus Russell cannot coach himself. Tom Cable and others must coach him. This concept applies to other players as well.
If Russell falls short, then perhaps he has not been taught. Of course, sometimes we do get people with attitude problems and other problems who are not teachable.
I agree that a change in head coach might be disastrous, causing too much loss of continuity.
Another alternative is to add more expertise to the coaching staff, or replace those who have not had a productive unit.
Too much calamity for too long is not good. I am taking the liberty of defining a calamity as a situation whereby a trail of losses, back to back, over seven years, are sprinkled with a few victories, here and there. And the pattern of wins and losses is also peppered (to bring tears to our eyes) by the absence of a series of consecutive wins.
Now that we are in the season of preparation, something needs to be tweaked as soon as possible so that our hopes for a better season in 2010 are not so farfetched. Do we want to sound like we live in a dream world.
No, we want to have realistic expectations.
Now to get back to the thesis question: Is there a coaching calamity?
What is your answer? In my case, I am still researching and gathering data to support whatever conclusions I come to before the beginning of the 2010 season.
Go Raiders! Get us off this "trail of tears."