Is it too early to wonder aloud whether or not rookie head coach Dennis Allen still has the ear of his football team? Not if consider how embarrassingly bad the Raiders looked during Sunday’s debacle in Denver.
Losing I can tolerate. If a team is that much better then so be it. I just have a very difficult time wrapping my head around a team with the type of talent the Raiders have being as absent for an entire afternoon of football as they were.
Where was the effort? Not once did Peyton Manning even face the threat of being hit let alone put on his ass.
Where was the commitment to excellence? As horrible as the Raiders were in the first half the game was there for the taking until everything came undone in the third quarter.
Where is the competitive nature of this team? Losing is one thing. No-showing in a rivalry game is quite another. To be honest it is totally unacceptable.
I can’t go on the record with some quote from an anonymous source. But I sure can watch the game unfold, observe the body language of the players and interpret the decisions made by the coaches. On all accounts it would appear as if the Raiders have no desire to put in work for Allen and his staff.
Perhaps this is more about the absurdity of Greg Knapp’s horrible game plans than anything else. Nobody expected much of Oakland’s defense not after how horrible that unit was last season.
However the offense was supposed be able to lift the team with help from the special teams. So far nothing has worked and after a standout performance against Pittsburgh Knapp is back to wearing the dunce hat.
If the players have already tuned their coaches out then some of the blame has to fall on Reggie McKenzie as well. He was the one whose arrival was marked by firings, contract shredding and complete staff overhauls. Not exactly a way to make your current employees feel either welcomed or secure in their jobs.
Wherever the blame ultimately falls there is plenty of it to go around. Maybe the players do enjoy playing for Allen. It certainly isn’t showing up on Sundays. That’s the real sign of something being amiss. Its one thing to be bad. We’ve seen the bad Raiders for more than a decade now. However it is entirely different to be indifferent. These Raiders are highly indifferent to the season. Its obvious changes must be made. The problem is that all we know around the Silver and Black is change. So for better or worse this is the team we’re stuck with for the foreseeable future.