Whenever Marcus Allen talks about the Raiders it is an awkward situation like anytime Dwight Howard is in the same room as Jeff Van Gundy. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with Allen talking Raiders. He is, after all, among the most accomplished men to ever wear silver and black. It’s just tough to ignore all the bad blood that has been spilled over the years.
No matter your ultimate opinion of the situation between Allen and the late Al Davis if you’re a member of Raider Nation then seeing Marcus sporting those hideous Chiefs colors had to make your skin crawl. I know I’ll never forget the feeling seeing him as a Chief for the first time. Aside from that whole debacle there is also the issue of what Allen represents to the Raiders franchise.
You see Marcus Allen was an L.A. Raider. He never once suited up for the silver and black in Oakland. Now he’s not the only player to ever make that distinction. Far from it. Bo Jackson was an L.A. Raider too. That might not mean much to some but given Allen’s history he also represents a sore subject for Bay Area Raider lovers who had to watch their team leave the area they were synonymous with.
But time heals all wounds…I guess…
These days Raider fans from L.A. to the Bay get together on Sundays to celebrate their shared love of the franchise that Al built. And, yes, it is perfectly fine for Allen to share his opinion of that very franchise.
Doug Williams of ESPN (not the one that pwned John Elway in the Super Bowl) recently picked Allen’s brain on everything from the best running back to ever come out of San Diego to his golf battles with Eric Dickerson. Naturally between those two topics there was also some talk of the Raiders.
Allen played with current Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and openly admits he never thought the former linebacker had a future in the front office.
No, I didn’t see the general manager in him. When he was done playing, obviously he had an idea of what he wanted to do. I always was impressed by that guy. I thought he was a student of the game. It wasn’t just X’s and O’s for him. It was much more than that.
Allen might not have seen the general manager in McKenzie but he certainly has seen his approach as a professional and believes he’ll bring that same mentality to the Raiders. In fact, Allen is convinced McKenzie will be a great addition to Oakland.
I have great faith in Reggie McKenzie. I think he’ll do a great job.
Like the entire world knows the Raiders have lacked consistency over the years. Part of what plagued Davis in his final years on the job was impatience. Davis never saw his franchise as rebuilding which is precisely why coaches changed as often as soap opera plotlines and quarterbacks rotated more often than tires in the Indy 500. Allen also believes that is all going to change under McKenzie’s watch.
I just think they need some consistency. They need some discipline and consistency. Changing coaches every other year is not a good thing. They need stability. They need to be stable and consistent at the head coach position and quarterback and they need discipline, and I think they’ll be fine.
Naturally only results will justify anything McKenzie has done thus far. If you believe in any of Marcus Allen’s assessments and buy into the book on Dennis Allen then things should be much different for the Raiders. Then again, depending on where your politics lie with regards to Marcus Allen, you might not have even gotten this far into these writings. That’s more than understandable. Not everything changes over the years.