Raiders Begin New Year With Another Coaching Search

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The more things change the more they stay the same. Doesn’t matter who it is that’s running the Oakland Raiders. Every year seemingly begins the same way. It’s as if the Raiders’ annual New Years resolution is to destroy any chance of continuity in the coaching staff.

Oh, but don’t get me wrong. Greg Knapp had to go and the three other coaches that joined him on the way out all had some serious explaining to do as to why the units they coached underperformed so massively.

The problem this time is Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen already seem to have their fingers hovering above the Reset button after only one year on the job.

Now Knapp should have never had the job in the first place. I fully realize he wasn’t Allen’s first choice but I think we can all agree the easy fix was to keep the previous offensive staff in place. But that’s spilled milk at this point.

By committing a full year to a failed offensive scheme the Raiders are right back where they always end up these days. It’s back to the drawing board. Back to the NFL coaching emporium. It’s back to same old song and dance of starting over.

McKenzie had a lot on his plate, perhaps too much for a first year general manager. His season of misery began last offseason and it looks like that is starting all over again.

There are plenty more personnel decisions to be made. The NFL draft preparation shifts into overdrive. But the one constant is the coaching carousel in Oakland.

Try to wrap your head around this.

McKenzie’s goal was to institute a sense of continuity in Oakland. So how does he go about doing that? By firing the entire coaching staff (save for a couple fortunate souls) then firing a decent amount of the new staff his new coach hired after only one season.

So just when is this continuity thing going to kick in, exactly?

It’s a New Year which means it’s a new list of coaches on the Raiders rumor report. This time around we’re digging through the offensive coordinator pile. Oh look, there’s Norv Turner. Wasn’t he in Oakland once upon a time? Maybe that should be the move to make. Worked well recycling Knapp didn’t it? Oh, hey, Ken Whisenhunt is available. But can he get the most out of Darren McFadden? Well, since the Cardinals were such a great rushing team during his tenure I’m sure he’s game. Oh, wow, Chan Gailey! So many options!

Whoever the new OC is in Oakland he’d be advised not to get comfortable. Same goes for Coach Allen who will learn very quickly that an impatient owner will always trump a patient general manager.

Yep, the only thing constant around the Raiders is change. Just watch and see how much different this team looks in 2013. You’ll hardly recognize the Raiders but you’ll already know exactly what to expect.

Topics: Oakland Raiders

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  • http://www.facebook.com/santino.soprano Oropeza Ant

    I can’t believe they let morons write articles .

  • J.J.

    At least we’ve got the continuity of a head coach not getting fired after one suck ass season. Keeping my fingers crossed for an offensive coordinator that will know how to utilize a HEALTHY Darren McFadden, and create some nice packages for Terrell Pryor to continue to develop into a playmaker. I’m not set on Carson Palmer as our quarterback, and am certain that he’s not gonna be our quarterback after another 2 or 3 years, but for the time being we should definitely utilize the arm he still possess and get back to pounding the ball with McFadden, sending our speedsters (DHB, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore) deep, allowing Streater and Criner and Myers to develop and allow our offense to gel with Palmer and eventually (hopefully) Pryor. This season was ass, but at least our defense started to show some signs of life towards the end of the season. Allen is supposed to be defensive minded so maybe (again, HOPEFULLY) in the next season or so our defense can continue to grow too… A lot of hoping on my part, but I stand by my team. Raiders all day.. It would be nice if they gave those of us who still support them something real to cheer for!

  • Ruth Lange

    Like no other teams make coaching changes Some wait too long…Look at andy reid & the Eagles they kept him way too long. Sometime change is good at least Coach Allen is staying so is Carson Palmer and DHB a guy who performed well this year. So give them a chance just rule out Norv Turner or Reid this time Coach Allen should have his sayRaiders need a coaching staff them work together ,lets get something done Right and work towards a winnin team again been TOO LONG!!!

  • CognizantImpiety

    Dude bitches about Knapp and rightly so, but then he bitches about needing to replace Knapp?

    They bitch about no continuity for years, then whine that Allen should be replaced after 1 year.

    Hell, Al gave ‘em two years.

  • Frank

    What about Al Saunders? Did this writer forget that Al was in the front office?

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