I hate to keep beating the war drums about an obvious solution to the Raiders malaise but ...
I read a very pertinent quote the other day that was in reference to the resignation of Kansas City Chiefs GM Carl Peterson. This quote neatly puts a bow on the essence of the Raiders problems. Most Raider fans are painfully aware of the fact that Al Davis is pulling "double duty" as owner and GM. The downward spiral of the last six years is largely due to Davis being negligent in getting the help he desperately needs to move the franchise forward.
Here's the quote from the Chiefs' chairman in reference to replacing Peterson:
"I want somebody who's a shrewd evaluator of football talent," Hunt said. "His job will be 24/7 to think about the football team. That's the most important quality. Obviously I'm looking for a strong leader, a good communicator, preferably somebody who has experience in building a winning team"
In a nutshell, Davis needs an executive GM leader to shoulder the heavy lifting required to get this team back on the winning track.