This was always going to be a difficult phase for the Oakland Raiders. The franchise is undergoing the most drastic change perhaps any organization has ever gone through. That said this is till the Raiders and this is supposed to be professional football. It’s hard to act as if the way the Raiders have been playing lately resembles anything what you’d expect of a professional franchise. Let alone one that asks ever member to commit to excellence.
This isn’t Kansas City after all. We’ve seen bad ball before. Nothing new there in the last 10 years. That’s why it’s so difficult for Raider Nation to wrap its collective mind around how horrible the product has been lately.
Mark Davis knows all too well the transition his franchise is going through. Davis is in the eye of the storm and even he’s having a hard time selling the best fans in football a product he knows isn’t on the level.
“I apologize to the fans. I’m embarrassed for ‘em. Because they live and die as Raiders fans, and I feel for ‘em, I really do. And we’re gonna get it right. If it’s for anybody, it’s for them. I feel the same way. I’m a fan. And I take responsibility for it, gonna get it right.”
Just when this team is going to get it right seems like a lost cause. Not all is lost this season as there is still time to be respectable…whatever that might mean. Seeing a major improvement is looking a good year or two away though.
This brings us to the inevitable part of any discussions on the future of Raiders football. Davis did say he was quote “disappointed” in how the team has “regressed”. However you’ve got to wonder if he’s at all questioning the Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen hires. Davis said he’s willing to be patient so he’s not going to pull the plug less than one year in. But he’s not handing out passes either.
“I wouldn’t call it a pass. They’ve got contracts, they’re gonna be here.”