I've been in the minority over the past few weeks in praising this team for making due with the lack of healthy bodies available to them and having the best record they've had since their Super Bowl run back in 2001. However with that said I believe if a team two games over .500 was to ever fire one of it's most important assistants twelve games into the season & it be justified it would be this Raider team. A team that is giving up 26 points per game and is 28th in overall yards when the team is 7-5 knows where it's weakest link lies. I understand Chuck Bresnahan is a mediocre coach at best who was out of the league for years after being fired by the Raiders only to be hired and fired again by the perennially bad Cincinnati Bengals only to be brought back by the Raiders only because Al already had his vision of what he wanted from this defense. Of course we all know what happened and with the exception of the game only twenty four hours following his passing this defense has failed time and time again in nearly all aspects.
The coach is not solely to blame either, the front four reads it's press clippings too often. They have been average in my book. It doesn't matter how many sacks you pick up in a few games against below average lines and statuesque QBs like Kyle Orton or Phillip Rivers to make your overall stat line look better than it really is. Richard Seymour has been a waste of a roster spot this year resting on his laurels with the only news about him being either thrown out of games or getting stupid personal fouls after the whistle. Hey Fucking Dick, how's about showing the guy in front of you how tough you are during the play instead of after you've been blown five yards back into the endzone? Huh?
This team needs leadership and the players are making too much money to be taken off the books and made examples of (eg. Rolando McClain) so I am calling for a promotion from within to show no one is safe. The defense needs a voice and I suggest none other than Rod Woodson. A smart ex-Raider that always led by example and is a class act that the players will pay attention to when he talks. The time is now, make it happen Hue otherwise be prepared to have nobody to thank but yourself for starting the Tebowmania all the way to an AFC West crown, meanwhile we are on the outside looking in.