As Raiders beat writers Jerry McDonald and Steve Corkran pointed out recently, comments from former Chiefs and Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer were posted in the Raiders rocker room in an effort to fire the team up. These comments were from Marty's Sirius radio program.
Unfortunately, the quotes were misquoted in an embarrassing way. Whoever posted the comments stated the Raiders would "fold" late in games. Marty said something different (though alluded to the team folding if things don't go their way).
We can learn from this mistake about how the Raiders coaching apparatus functions. It tells us they are sloppy. It tells us they did not bother to verify anything. They just went by word of mouth, perhaps even third hand. It tells us they have nothing else to fire up the team other than an accurate quote from a former rival coach sitting in the catbird seat on satellite radio.
Without knowing who posted the comments, with who's permission and other details, it still ends up with one solid message. The Raiders coaching staff paints themselves as a joke.
If you can't get an accurate quote on your locker room wall how are you going to be trusted to analyze game film and come up with strategies to win games?
Maybe I'm reading too much into a small error but it seems with every step they take, my confidence in Al's bad coaching hires just collapses more and more. It would take a trouncing of the Chargers on Sunday to convince me this team is on the right track.