Monday, January 04, 2010


The Raiders finished the 2009 season setting a new NFL record in ineptitude. The Ravens beat the Raiders primarily by doing the 3 things that most good teams do;

(1) Run the ball (240 net yards rushing; 6.9 YPC)
(2) Stop the run (Raiders ran for 51 total yards; 2.5 YPC)
(3) Win the turnover battle (Raiders had 2 turnovers; Ravens 0 turnovers)

The Raiders lines got beat down on both sides of the ball. Frye got knocked out of the game at the end of the 1st half because the OLine could not protect him. Russell came into the game in the 2nd half and had a costly INT and fumble. Game over. Season over.

The 7-11 store logo is in reference to the dubious distinction of 7 consecutive seasons with 11 or more losses.

2003: 4-12 "The Dumbest Team in America" Bill Callahan

2004: 5-11 Norvell "Deer in Headlights" Turner's 1st year

2005: 4-12 Norv Deux 2: The infamous "Norv Face" on the sidelines

2006: 2-14 Shell II: 7 step drop designed by B&B Walsh

2007: 4-12 Lance Kiffin: "Im In" but looking to get out as soon as possible

2008: 5-11 1/4 Lance + 3/4 Cableman = Hang another 11 loss season in the rafters

2009: 5-11 Consistency is a foreign word when Russell & DHB are in the lineup

This post might sound like I'm negative. For the life of me, I would love to feel more optimistic about the upcoming 2010 season. However, the status quo of an 80 year old owner wearing too many hats (owner, GM, Personnel Director, Board Director, etc) and a Head Coach who has no business being the playcaller and OC doesn't bring sunshine and rainbows to me. The obvious remedy and sensible solution is to hire a capable GM to help shoulder the football operations load.

One of the MOST important roles a newly hired GM would play in Alameda is a mediator and trusted advisor. A mediator between the HC and Davis. The reason we enjoyed so much success in the Gruden/Allen years was that Allen provided a buffer or conduit of communication between Gruden and Davis.

The reality is that Gruden, Allen, and Davis worked in an imperfect yet successful partnership. To think that Davis does not need executive support at age 80 going on 81 is bending spoons. I feel like a starving man who is offered 1 saltine cracker. That cracker looks like a buffet ... I would gladly take ANY executive support over the status quo of Davis wearing all the hats. Take the Gruden/Allen duo out of the equation and the last 25 years has been a complete, unequivocal failure.

To get us out of the 7-11 store, Davis needs to take a long look in the mirror and ask himself 2 simple question, "Do I need executive support?" and "Is winning the #1 priority?". Once these questions are answered affirmatively, tangible change can take place and real hope will be realized.


Blogger Leighraider said...

It's the big IF again.Whether Al will be able to admit that things have to change, and that he cannot achieve it on it's own.The org needs to be put right properly, and it will need a strong personality.One that can work with Al, and let him feel that he is still involved while getting on with the job regardless.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Bdizraider4life said...

Hey The way i look @ it is the Chargers choked so i am happy. The Raiders will get better and get back on Top of the AFC west so for now im not worried unless we keep Jamracus Russell as out starting QB. Which i cant see them doing. Gradkowski looked way better and the players really liked him. Hes not lazy and actually OPENS his eyes when he throws the ball unlike #2. I will sit and wait to see what will happen this year. We have to start making things work and last year it looked almost as if Cable had the right formula except for we had a lazy ass QB for most of the year. I hope we keep Seymour and Cable and also Gradkowski. Well just have to see what happens but as for right now we are STILL the last team in the AFC west to make a superbowl appearance and have more SUPERBOWL wins then anyone in our division since 1963, so as Raider Nation we can smile for now. I just hope things start to get better for the Raiders and also that we can GET a GM. All these things arent too far fetched( in my mind) but we really need a winning attitude back in Oakland and then all of these last few seasons wont even matter anymore. I am glad that al least when we were good we didnt loose in the playoofs as bad as the Chargers have recently. I know my history and the Chargers......they have none. LOL SO heres to a great start of a new era with it being 2010 now. RAIDER NATION for life. Good post Calico. Its all very true but i think we should keep our heads up.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Great post, Bdizraider4life. The offense definitely got kick started with Ski under center. He deserves to compete for the starting role in 2010.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

Semper Xenos, Calico. Things will turn. Whether before Al's passing or after, things will turn. Till then, we enjoy the small victories. Good 7-11 reference, BTW.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tooz72, things will once again turn for the Raiders, but not until someone other than Al is calling the shots. Al no longer has the ability or know how to run the team, and as long as he is in charge, we can look forward to more double digit losing seasons. I truly believe that.

Sarasota Raider

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

At least we're not the Knicks! Holy moly.

11:57 PM  

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