It’s more than obvious that for a long time the need for the Raiders has always been quarterback. Unfortunately, that position was obtained one wrong-way or the other. Without a mentor who could truly teach a rookie or young quarterback the ropes, show him how to prepare for an NFL game (i.e., study playbook, watching film, workouts, etc…), or just be there for support when the going gets tough, many just fizzled out. Then, the Raiders attempted to bring in mediocre veterans in hopes to find the next Rich Gannon. All the while allowing their defense to dwindle and the offensive line to have too much turnover.
This is how the losing seasons began. Of course I would be remiss to fail to mention the Head Coaching position being turned over way too many times, but this is information that is all too well-known among Raiders fans. With all this upheaval and discombobulated shuffling of the entire team and staff came an undesirable place to land for players and coaches. It was difficult to acquire the necessary talent needed to turn the organization around.
Then, the bloated contracts came, allowing overpaid has-been’s to play out their final days in Silver and Black, only to be killed by the salary cap. The Oakland Raiders team was left in ruins. Something had to change in order to get back the winning ways.
Enter in General Manager Reggie McKenzie. He had a vision, and he is trying to make it come to life. A very difficult endeavor to say the least. So he started with the bloated contracts. Then, he moved onto the dead weight. Now, he must change the face of an organization that has survived on its ability to string together gut wrenching 4th quarter come-backs under the mantra “Just Win Baby.”