Crisis Management 101
This story by ESPN has caused hysteria amongst the Raider Nation. Loyal and dedicated customers (the fans) are debating how much time and money they want to invest in the Raiders.
The story by ESPN has caused a crisis for the Raider organization.
The story by ESPN has negatively impacted the Raiders ability to recruit potential free agents.
The story by ESPN has negatively impacted the Raiders as a business in terms of ticket sales, future fans, merchandise sales.
The story by ESPN has negatively impacted the mindset and outlook of all the Raiders active players.
The story by ESPN could negatively impact wins & losses for 2008.
The story by ESPN has not been adequately refuted by John Herrera (here) to my satisfaction. “It’s not an issue. Lane’s the coach.” Thanks John but I want to hear a more direct endorsement of our Head Coach by the guy who signs the checks.
Some might call this hyperbole but the crisis situation with the Raider organization is the equivalent of a home owner's house being on fire and not calling 911 for the fire department.
Assuming that Al Davis wants the Raiders to be profitable AND a winning franchise, this situation should be addressed by Al Davis in an official, on the record capacity within the next 24 hours or he is being EXTREMELY negligent. Anything less is a slap in the face of the Raider Nation.
Direct communication, accountability, and a sense of urgency ... how bout' it Al?
I'm not pushing the panic button quite yet but I believe that each minute that ticks by without an official response from Al Davis, will be time and fans lost.