One thing that is much more refreshing about the Dennis Allen era when compared to the Hue Jackson regime is the honesty. If it were Jackson still calling the shots in Oakland then odds are we’d know more about what happened to Jimmy Hoffa than we would of any injuries that have occurred.
Jackson was notorious for downplaying the injured on his roster, often referring to injury occurrences as “dings”. Jackson strung out the Darren McFadden situation for the balance of the regular season even though Run DMC couldn’t jog let alone play football.
Coach Allen is taking a much more direct and honest approach. The proof of that is in how Jacoby Ford’s foot ailment has been handled.
The Raiders gave Ford just under a month to heal until they shipped him off for surgery. That’s something you might not have ever seen on Jackson’s watch. Aside from that Allen offered some serious insight into Ford’s odds of returning this season. Again, Allen broke far away from the script Jackson would have authored when he said there is a “strong chance” the Raiders will be Jacoby-less for the season.
That’s right Nation. Don’t plan on seeing #12 again this year. Allen is already contemplating putting Ford on the season ending IR. That seems like the most sensible thing to do.
Given Ford’s lingering foot problems (this is the second time he’s hurt the same foot in as many years) and how long it would take him to get up to speed it only makes sense to shutdown the dynamic returner and receiver.
Now the real question is, have we seen the last of Ford altogether?
It might be a little premature to ponder that but the reality of it is the best of Ford could already be behind him. Given Reggie McKenzie’s removal of the scholarship program it is not too far fetched to assume he’ll move on just as soon as Ford is healthy enough to show what he can or can’t do any longer. But that is in the distant future. For now the only future we know is the immediate one without Ford.