Two weeks ago Mark Davis broke his long silence to voice his great disappointment in the 2012 Oakland Raiders and to encourage the players and coaches to continue to improve.
Two weeks later and things are worse than they’ve ever been.
If losing at home to the Cleveland Browns, a team that hasn’t won on the road in over a year, isn’t rock bottom then I’m afraid of what awaits this Thursday against Denver. It’s not so much that the Raiders lost to the Brown. It’s more so the fact that once again this contest was a non-competitive affair that was pretty much over before it started.
So where do we go from here?
Raider Nation has grown tired of being subjected to such uninspired football. Mark Davis himself is becoming more and more like his father in the patience department.
With one month left in a season that was over long before it started it feels as if everyone in the organization is going through the motions.
Like all new head coaches in Oakland Dennis Allen preached accountability. Well…here we are at 3-9 with no hope of beating another NFL opponent and Allen seems to be saying the same things after each lackluster loss.
Problem is his regular routine has become so routine that the players are clearly tuning out Allen and his staff. This team hasn’t taken a step forward in any area relative to where they were a year ago. In fact we’ve seen nothing but regression across the board.
The obvious blame falls at the feet of the players. They’re the ones that execute the supposed game plan. But when the coaches are suspending, benching or just ignoring players then it is obvious there is a disconnect.
Absolutely nothing has worked this season. All of the obstacles Reggie McKenzie dealt with during his first offseason have become a crutch. Anytime any talk of Oakland’s struggles are raised we have to hear about the salary cap, lack of depth and injuries. All are problematic and all are legit reasons to struggle. However not one of those has anything to do with the coaches ability to scheme and the effort given by the players.
If nothing else Coach Allen and his staff will be held accountable for the consistent lack of effort given each week. No matter the salary cap or lack of talent the effort given is one thing that every coach can control in the NFL. The great coaches get the most of whatever talent they’ve got. The good coaches are able to inspire on occasion but never on a consistent basis. The bad coaches see the same results pile up and before long they’re looking for work again.
Coach Allen and his staff would be wise to update those resumes.