There is a general disconnect between the new Raiders regime and the faithful to a fault fan base. To be fair a vast majority of us have known only one voice atop the Raider hierarchy so this change is as difficult a transition as possible for all parties involved.
That being said there is no excuse for fielding such a poor product every week. There might not be enough talent on the field to win a Super Bowl but there is enough skill to be more competitive than what we’re torturing ourselves with each Sunday.
The disconnect stems from the belief of the Oakland brass that this is all part of the process.
News flash to Reggie McKenzie: This is an historic string of awful football you’re overseeing. This team is not this bad and not even the worst team in football (those Kansas City Chumps) are this terrible week in and week out.
We all knew there would be plenty of pain during the change. The business decisions of Al Davis combined with the panicked moves made by Hue Jackson left McKenzie Munsoned out in the middle of nowhere before he took the job. I and every member of Raider Nation understands that.
What we can’t wrap our head around is a superior weapon like Darren McFadden being reduced to three yards and a cloud of dust while Greg Knapp insists it’s not his scheme that is the problem.
We have a hard time accepting the fact that Dennis Allen was hired for his defensive prowess yet the defense is worse than it’s ever been. Trust me, its saying something if we’re missing Chuck Bresnahan.
There is no way you can tell me this offense should be this inept after being so explosive one year ago.
Most unacceptable of all is the perceived lack of effort that remains unchanged for the last month save for one half of ball in Cincinnati this past Sunday.
All in all this falls on the coaches that McKenzie hired. Lack of talent is one thing. That cannot be helped. What can be controlled is the motivation of the players. Most players would appear to be resigned to the fact that they are an inferior squad with no hopes of victory.
That, again, is on the coaches. Nobody wants to hear about salary cap and lack of draft picks when a team with comparable talent was one win away from the playoffs a year ago. Therein lies the real issue. You go to war with the army you have, not the one you want. If McKenzie and his coaches are waiting until they have their own team from top to bottom then they’re committing professional suicide.
Raider Nation understands the situation McKenzie was in when he got the job. We’re willing to be patient as he figures out the best plan going forward. However we’re not suckers who will fork over our hard earned cash for a lackluster product.
McKenzie knows the business of football all too well. He also knows the nature of Raider Nation. We’ve been there through terrible times yet have always found something to keep us going. At this point finding the positives is becoming more difficult than finding the untainted versions of the original Star Wars trilogy.