Oakland Raiders' Coaches Need To Know Their Jobs From A Thru Z

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 31, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03: Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after losing to the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There seems to be a cognitive gap in expertise of the Oakland Raiders' coaching staff. However, new coaches are being added so this gap is being addressed. All that is needed now is for the men to learn how to work together for one goal, victories for the Oakland Raiders.

Here is an example of what needs to be done.

In 1977 a lawyer named Jim Lemond hired me to work with him in a small construction company named Standard Development Corporation.

The company was owned by Mr. Mack H. Hannah who was a mentor to Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who made historical speeches during the Watergate hearings.

Mr. Hannah would tell us that any leader of an organization or CEO must know his company from A to Z. Otherwise, Mr. Hannah who was 74-years old at the time, added that the CEO is not fully qualified to run the company.

This wisdom applies to the team of coaches for the Oakland Raiders. After looking at the experiences of many of the coaches for the Oakland Raiders it is evident that many of them have some type of coaching experiences, but there is no true dominance of NFL coaching experiences at all levels.

A couple of coaches have not missed the mark. They are Willie Brown, Lionel Washington, and Kevin Ross. These three men have a wealth of experiences as players in the NFL, and they have moved up the ranks.

If Mr. Hannah, who, by the way, was the first African American millionaire in Texas according to the records, had something to say, he would only approve the men who have moved up the ranks in the NFL, and who know the NFL from a to z, both in playing and coaching at various levels.

If there is a collective gap in experiences for the coaching team of the Oakland Raiders, it makes good sense to do what they are doing. According to some articles, they are adding new talent to the coaching team.

This is a sign of hope.

Quite frankly, a perusal of a professional football database is what prompted this article. Once the tally for total years of experience as a player and coach was completed, it seems that there are gaps in the composite experiential pool for the Oakland Raiders' coaches.

The only way to correct this gap or fill this gap is to bring in coaches with more NFL experience, in my opinion.

Can college coaching be sufficient to prepare a man to become an NFL coach?

I imagine the answer is yes.

Would it make sense to bring in guys who have a lot of experience from other successful NFL teams, and build up the expertise of the Oakland Raiders by hiring them to enhance the coaching staff?

Why not?

Do Oakland Raiders' coaches really know their jobs from A to Z?

If so, they must now move from knowing about the job to doing the job.

I am reminded of how small children often say their ABC's almost perfect until they get to the sequence of letters, L, M, N, O, P. Too many times, I have chuckled when I hear the children mumble the letters in a strange way.

What does that mean? It means that if there are words containing the letter that they do not know very well, then the phonetics and the pronunciation of those words will not be clear.

Similarly, if there are aspects of professional football that are not completely comprehended and made operational by a team of coaches, then the team will not be taught how to execute, for example, the plays or routes completely or correctly.

Thus the gap in the coaching team leads to a gap in the performance on the playing field.

So, heed the wisdom of a great man who made history in so many ways during his lifetime. And this man, Hannah was also an All American college football player.

If a man is going to be a part of the coaching team for the Oakland Raiders he must either build a team that is enhanced and closes whatever gaps he may have in his understanding and execution of the role as coach. Otherwise, hire someone to fill the gap.

Go Raiders!

Source of biographical information of Mack H. Hannah


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