2012 was a learning experience for everyone in the Raiders’ organization from top to bottom. Well…maybe not everyone but certainly for the people in positions of considerable influence and power.
Reggie McKenzie learned that he needs to be more involved in certain aspects. Dennis Allen learned that he doesn’t need to fix what’s not broke. And Mark Davis learned that more hands on deck are needed to restore the glory days in Oakland.
All of that could serve as an explanation for the Raiders’ reported interest in Ray Anderson who currently holds the position of Senior VP of Football Operations for the NFL.
At the moment nothing is official so this could be nothing more than hot wind on a chilly day.
Still, if Oakland’s desire to create a new front office position for Anderson is real then it speaks to the efforts of Davis to get more football minds in the room. In other words, what happened in 2012 cannot happen again and more help is needed.
Clearly McKenzie and Allen were in over their heads last season. Both took plenty of lumps in their first year on the job but the effort and desire to improve is real. At the moment there is no reason to believe that a major shakeup is coming to Oakland but there is reason for concern.
Allen selfishly ruined a top tier offense and McKenzie sat on his hands while the sad story played out. Meanwhile Mark Davis could only express his disappointment as his hands-off approach was tested each week.
If the Raiders are indeed considering a new front office position then there is reason to believe the current staff is on notice. Let’s not even pretend like the glass is half full. Most every decision made by McKenzie and Allen in 2012 was a failure. Sure, the odds were stacked against them but in the end their football philosophy took a major hit.
For Davis his level of paranoia had to increase with each passing week. No doubt there was some second guessing going on. However Rome wasn’t built in a day…but it sure fell in one.