With the way the Raiders have been playing it’s all too easy to question anything and everything. Mark Davis didn’t just up and share his inner feelings on the team because he was bored. Something has got to be done to right this ship and in a hurry. The season is looking like a lost cause but there are still games to be played. If nothing else pride is on the line.
Part of the collateral damage caused by Davis’ rant has been the questioning of the new Raider regime. Both Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are tied at the hip on this venture. As one goes so will the other.
Questioning the coaching staff is nothing new in Oakland. It’s almost a yearly tradition or at least has been for the last decade. But this time around it feels much different. Even some of worst Silver and Black Sundays haven’t been as black and blue as the last three.
Things are bad. Let’s not sugarcoat it.
If Coach Allen’s message hasn’t sunk in yet there’s still reason to believe it will. At least there is if you ask Carson Palmer.
“I think this team will respond very well to his message. We have to stick together. I don’t think that’s an issue. We know what areas we need to improve on. This is a group that is not going to shy away from that.”
Palmer’s faith in Allen is a good thing. You want your veteran players to help keep the ship steady. Problem is Palmer’s play hasn’t helped his coach’s message and his veteran leadership is having similar results relative to Allen’s coaching. We’re over a full season into the Palmer experiment and let’s just say he’s no Jason Campbell.
It’s hard to stay positive these days but that’s all the team can do. The wheels aren’t off yet but they’re wobbling. Message be damned! If there isn’t a visible improvement in the coming week then Allen will need more than Palmer backing him. We know who Mark Davis’ role model was as an owner. He might have more patience than his father but that’s not saying much.