Contrary to what we saw in 2012 the Oakland Raiders have a talented offense that features a dynamic weapon in Darren McFadden. If Dennis Allen wouldn’t have tried to fix what wasn’t broke there would be no need to remind the world of what Hue Jackson accomplished with the exact same pieces Allen inherited then pissed away to Greg Knapp.
The reality is all Allen should have concerned himself with during his first year as a head coach was his area of expertise – defense.
In consecutive seasons the Raiders went 8-8 on the strength of their offense. An improved defense was all the team needed to get over the hump.
But that is now water under the bridge. If Greg Olson can’t get better results then we’ll know this ship is officially dead in the water.
Now if Reggie McKenzie wants to give his young head coach a chance at showing his true worth then he’ll find Allen a dynamic defensive player in the 2013 NFL Draft. That is by far one of the biggest priorities there is one McKenzie’s lengthy list.
During his time in Denver Allen had a budding defensive star in Von Miller. During his first year in Oakland Allen pretty much said that’s what this team needs. Before Allen arrived the Raiders front four was among the most feared in the game terrorizing quarterbacks every Sunday.
That was hardly the case in 2012 and when asked why Allen said his team needs a perimeter pass rushers.
So perhaps Damontre Moore, an A&M Aggie like Miller and Allen himself, is the remedy for what ails this woeful defense. Or could a Haloti Ngata type defensive tackle such as Star Lotulelei be the answer? Perhaps a versatile linebacker like Georgia’s Jarvis Jones is the solution.
Whatever the case McKenzie needs to get Allen a can’t-miss-prospect on defense in this draft. As it stands the Raiders have some good but not great pieces on defense. Adding that one dynamic element to the D combined with a resurrected O could quickly turn the tide in Oakland.