Time For Raiders To Hold Defensive Players Accountable

Enough is enough. If Hue Jackson is serious about getting this franchise back to playing the Raider Way then he needs to stop building a bully and instead focus on being a bully. We’ve seen of that ugliness in Jackson’s demeanor since the season ended on a worse note than Ashley Simpson singing the national anthem. Problem is all that public scrutiny came a dollar short and a day late.

The other problem is that the Raiders are again looking to replace most of their defensive staff. As if the coaches are the problem.

Oh, it’s a fact that Chuck Bresnahan and his assistants were a part of the problem. That is undeniable. Last time I checked though it was the Raider brass that determined they had more than enough talent on defense to go at the 2011 season without any key additions.

Losing Nnamdi Asomugha was one thing. Al Davis priced himself out of the Aso market so that just was what it was. Nothing but respect for Nnamdi and to be sure I do miss seeing him in Silver and Black but Philly got minimal return on a maximum investment.

Then again, so too did the Raiders when you look at how much scratch Stanford Routt and Kamerion Wimbley were rewarded with.

Yes, Bresnahan was not the man for the job. Of course most of Raider Nation was knowing that like anyone with common sense was aware of how big a waste of time the Kim Kardashian wedding was.

After it is all said and done though it was the overpaid and under qualified defenders that didn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

We’ve heard all along about how much talent there is on the defense. By my count the only man you could rely on every week was Tyvon Branch, who is now due a raise. Let’s see how the front office handles that.

Let’s also see how the process of rebuilding the defense goes.

After all, the front office is the real culprit after it is all said and done. I’ve been preaching the need to improve the D since last season ended and I was far from alone.

Coach Jackson could have gone about calling out Bresnahan in a more private manner but that is irrelevant at this point. What is relevant is Jackson failing to hold his defenders accountable. You see, accountability is more than just calling out those that fail to honor their commitments. It is also sending guys to the pine when they don’t heed their warnings.

It is one thing to use choice words in a team meeting or on the sideline. Quite another when you send a message by sending a player to the bench.

Maybe Bill Romanowski was right…in a drunken Forest Gump kind of way. These Raiders are a bunch of bacon eaters that need to hunt instead of shopping at Safeway.

The time has come to yank the scholarships.

Rolando McClain’s draft status can’t be his saving grace. Lamarr Houston’s potential can’t be accepted as accomplishment. Guys like Kamerion Wimbley can’t be treated like franchise defenders.

Simply put the time has come to have open competitions at every defensive position. Get the hungriest, most determined and committed 11 men on the field and forget the rest. If that means Richard Seymour takes a seat to make room for Desmond Bryant then so be it. Should Stanford Routt become the highest paid nickel back in the business then that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

It starts in the front office where the team is assembled. From there the coaches put the plan into play. After that it is all in the hands of the players. That is true for every professional franchise. However the difference between the good teams and great ones is that every person in this process holds the other accountable.

It starts right now for Oakland Raiders. This is where champions are built.

Last year Al Davis proclaimed 8-8 was not good enough yet he stayed with the cards that were dealt on defense. That is called a mixed message. The time has come to make the message clear by removing all the hype and just getting this thing right.

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Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Chuck Bresnahan Desmond Bryant Hue Jackson Kamerion Wimbley Lamarr Houston Nnamdi Asomugha Richard Seymour Rolando McClain Stanford Routt Tyvon Branch

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