How do you think Davis feels now, having been given one of the highest honors in professional football (he was enshrined in 1992), yet his team had the worst win-loss record in a seven-year period? We look back, using hindsight.
Here is the data to remind you "how stuck on stupid" this may have seemed to a lot of people:
Year Wins Losses
2009 5 11
2008 5 11
2007 4 12
2006 2 14
2005 4 12
2004 5 11
2003 4 12
I know of a teacher who received all types of accolades in 1984. She was placed in a high school where the students did not seem to care much about pursuing excellence. She told the students, "A teacher is only as great as her students. If you are failing, then I am failing."
This example points out the need for the Oakland Raiders to improve. They have got to do better in order to re-gain the integrity of the franchise. As there should be a correlation between an outstanding teacher and outstanding students, so there also ought to be a strong connection between good coaching and good performance on the playing field.
There ought to be a very strong correlation between a good coach and a good team. If the Oakland Raiders are stuck on a win-loss record that cannot rise above five wins per season, then, as a joke, we could say, "It seems the team is stuck on stupid."
That is not acceptable. Here are the facts.
From 2003 to present, the Oakland Raiders have a bi-modal distribution in the win-loss category. There were three seasons with 5-11 in the win-loss category. There were three seasons with 4-12 in that same category.
Well, in a few more days some choices will be made. If nothing more, we anticipate more than five wins per season. The pattern that keeps the Oakland Raiders stuck between only four or five wins per season has to stop in 2010.
We want to win in 2010!
What is the message in this bi-modal mess we have been wallowing in for seven years?
It is the message we learn from the story about the donkey who fell in a well. The donkey was so deep down in the well, that the owner decided to bury him in the well.
The owner kept dumping dirt or dung on the donkey. The donkey would shake it off and stand on the dung. Finally, so much dung was beneath the donkey that he stood tall enough to get out of the well.
Well, let's get out of this well 'cause a whole lot of dung is being dumped on the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation.
And, we are ready to get out of this dung.