Change can be good, but it can also be viewed as something negative. People, especially fans, have a hard time with change, but in order for the Raiders to become a contender change had to come. So McKenzie is making the changes he feels will put the Raiders back on the Championship map. It won’t be overnight, and it may take a lot longer than the fans are willing to wait. Still, it has only been two years ago that the team began its new change/overhaul. Unfortunately for the new regime, the Wins/Loss column have not proven anything. As a matter of fact, it feels like the team has taken a further step back. Yet, there are times when a step back becomes the best thing that can happen.
How do you ask? Well, when McKenzie took over he had no money to work with. He had to beg, steal, or borrow players, coaches, and staff members. This was done in order to have the cap space necessary to really do the things he wanted to do in the first place. His plan now had an engine, and he warmed it up and placed it in first gear.
This is where the Raiders are now. The engine is running. The free agents that McKenzie wanted are here. Veteran leadership with a younger generation waiting to be taught. The only thing missing was a quarterback. Now, in the minds of the Raiders organization, that void has been filled. It will again be addressed for the future to come in the 2014 NFL Draft. There will be a quarterback taken somewhere between the 1st and 3rd rounds. Between that quarterback and the current quarterbacks on the roster will emerge the future. The question is who?
Schaub will not be the long-term future of this franchise, but he will be the short-term answer. He will usher in the new quarterback of the future by teaching him how to become NFL ready. This is the plan that McKenzie has had all along, but it is the first year that he is able to propel it into motion. Only a winning season will prove his theory correct, and Raider Nation is dying to see this. I know, I am a fan. I always will be. I, too, am dying to see a winning season, and I believe that the direction the Raiders are headed will allow for this to happen.