The Al Davis method to motivating his coaches wasn’t the most constructive way to the get most out of his staff. Generally people don’t respond well when their job is threatened. But for Mr. Davis it was all about results. Just win baby is more than a motto. It’s a direct order.
While the impatience of Mr. Davis has directly help lead the Raiders into yet another rebuild beyond his time on this planet there is something to be said for holding the coaches responsible for the outcome of games.
Yes, Mr. Davis was a player’s owner. He had their back no matter what almost always blaming the coaches for failing to get the most out of the talent on the roster.
That said there is something to be learned by Reggie McKenzie in the Al Davis method to motivating a coaching staff. Currently McKenzie seems content to let the rebuilding process play out. That would be acceptable if the Raiders were playing in a division where 9 wins gets you the consolation prize of finishing above .500 and nothing else. But in the AFC Worst every team has equal chance of wearing the division crown.
Well…every team except the Raiders this season.
Therein lies the problem with allowing the coaching staff to simply work through the adjustment issues. McKenzie needs to hold Dennis Allen’s feet to the flames. The last thing this team needs is a coaching staff on scholarship.
Of course this was going to be a year of uncertainty no matter what. Almost everything about this franchise is new. Newness takes time to become acclimated. Still, that is no excuse for the uninspired performances we’ve seen this season. If the coaches are coasting knowing they’ve got time to right the ship then that mentality will boil down to the locker room.
Already I’m wondering if Allen has lost control of his players. Perhaps what I should be pondering is whether or not McKenzie is reading his staff the riot act or if he’s simply content to let them learn on the job. Neither approach guarantees success but one assures the coaching staff will be more proactive in searching for solutions.
When McKenzie arrived in Oakland one of his first orders of business was to rid the franchise of its scholarship program for the players. That was very necessary. Now he’s got to make sure he’s not substituting one scholarship program for another. A professional coach with no concerns of job safety is less likely to swing for the fences. Instead they’re content to hit singles.
Now I’m not saying Dennis Allen should be on the hot seat already. However by allowing Greg Knapp to get a pass as if he too is a rookie coach is shameful. Someone must be held accountable for the horrendous start to the season and the one doing said accounting must be McKenzie. Otherwise we’ll be looking at the same problems that have plagued this franchise for years now. Only difference is those problems will appear in a new form.