After a drama free off-season one year ago, Al Davis is back at it again. Last year Davis didn’t have to defend any moves he made. The only headlines were whether or not Tom Cable would return and even those proved to be a big waste of time.
But, hey, even Brett Favre’s ego needs a little downtime.
This off-season is already feeling a lot like what we’ve come to expect from the Raiders in recent history. There’s already a coaching search going. That’s very familiar. We’ve got all kinds of roster moves yet to be made. Who knows where the axe will fall? For good measure we’ve even got another Nnamdi Asomugha contract conundrum. It’s 2009 all over again!
Needless to say, Mr. Davis has some serious work to do.
Already Al is in the process of putting together Hue Jackson’s staff for him. No doubt Mr. Davis missed those interviews. Keeping Cable and his entire staff must have made Davis as bored like JaMarcus Russell watching game tape. This year Al will get to makeover the entire staff all over again.
Oh, the excitement!
As far as personnel goes, Davis has plenty to do. The list of potential Raider free agents is daunting. Asomugha, Stanford Routt, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery, Richard Seymour and Michael Bush are among those who will expect Al to show them the money. With a new CBA looming Al’s most valuable weapon of all – his checkbook – could be limited.
Of course, Al could always revisit 2008 by handing out ridiculous contracts to worthless talent. The free agent market features some prime talent this year and I’m sure Davis would love nothing more than to turnover his roster to reignite the slow build to 8-8 all over again.
All in all Davis has done his best to make sure the national sports media has plenty of fuel for their Raider hating bonfires. But the biggest arena of all for off-season drama could be void of any Al Davis meddling. This year the Raiders are without a pick in the first round of the draft.
Last year Davis got high marks for making some very inspired picks. He stayed sensible early and rolled the dice late, grabbing future value in Rolando McClain and unearthing another gem in Jacoby Ford. There were none of those moments that left Mel Kiper speechless, a far cry from the Darrius Heyward-Bey/Michael Mitchell madness of a year earlier. Quiet as kept, that Mitchell pick is showing some promise. As for DHB…yeah…
While I don’t have a single source inside the Raider war room, I’m guessing Davis is plotting some way to get back into the first round. How can Davis resurrect the dysfunctional Raider mystique without a mind numbing draft class? Stay tuned, Al is just getting warmed up!
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