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.