Today Reggie McKenzie was slated to sit down with Dennis Allen for a second time in as many weeks. If all goes well then Allen will become the next ex-coach of the Oakland Raiders.
You’ll excuse my lack of enthusiasm. Naturally I’ll be rooting for Allen to have success. I’m just dreading yet another of these bland introductory press conferences in which Allen and McKenzie will praise one another then promise a Super Bowl.
Yeah…ok…sure. We’ve heard it all before from Lane Kiffin, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson and every other stiff that walked the East Bay sideline since Chucky took his talents to Tampa. Wake me up when the trophy is being paraded through the streets of Oakland.
If I sound like I’m talking as if Allen already has the job it’s because it is his to lose. Like a frat boy hitting on the drunkest chick at the bar, at this point he can only talk himself out of sealing the deal. Winston Moss was thought to be the front runner but he only got one interview. Same goes for Marty Mornhinweg. So you do the math. I’ll be in the back of the room counting how many clichés Allen tosses out in his intro to Raider Nation.
If I sound bitter over this whole process it’s because I am.
For McKenzie this is new and exiting. For me this is old and nauseating. After three marriages you tend to lose the butterflies on the big day. Catch me drift, McKenzie?
For the record I didn’t like the Hue Jackson hire but understood it. Tom Cable could get his men motivated but he couldn’t scheme his way out of a tunnel with one exit. Jackson was the offensive mastermind that propelled the Raiders back into relevancy.
Perhaps Allen can do the same with the defense. Knowing the Raiders luck all the attention will go to that side of the ball and the offense will slide. Yeah…I’m as bitter as 40-ounce of Stone Ruination right about now.
So hopefully Allen will tell McKenzie all he wants to hear so we can get on with this thing. I don’t know enough about Allen to hate on him but I know enough about the Raiders to understand how this process will unfold.
McKenzie, you’d better know what you’re doing.