This is a reaction to a recent post stating the easy fix to Oakland's defensive woes is to simply fire Chuck Bresnahan. Seriously, as if it were that simple? Everyone that has been following this team for longer than a decade will tell you we all know who the defensive mind sometimes to a fault of the Oakland Raiders is. It is and always will be Al Davis. He is the guy who will scout like a mad man for potentially the next breakout star at cover corner and if said player pans he will be rewarded whether it be with the franchise tag or with a deal comparable to the 8-digit figures handed out to Nnamdi or more recently Stan Routt.
This system does not put heavy pertinence and never has really placed much importance on linebacker or bothered to place significant reps on cover 2 or zone coverages. It is a very simple system in place and the coach has no value other than in reality delegating responsibilities to the staff. This includes game day as evidenced by Rod Woodson's constant berating of one Chris Johnson this past week while continuing his support for the younger and less experienced defensive backs such as Matt Giordano. Maybe the coach is making due with what he has as Al who is the final say on all Raider personell decisions never really believed OLB or even a second cornerback comparable to Routt was already on the roster to begin with. So I believe this team needs to stand pat at least on the coaching side but needs to make a move before the trade deadline for either a solid 4-3 OLB or disgruntled ball hawk at the corner position perhaps. I would go as far as to suggest a trade which would include Michael Bush and a 2013 draft pick since we have so few in 2012. This would provide reps for the potential breakout star we have in Taiwan Jones, more long run oppurtunities at a position which would remain a strength, and also more goal-line oppurtunities for the under-utilized DMC. In a perfect world I would hope Al would hire a true NFL GM he has enough respect to take over all personell decisions including showing coaches this is a place where they are free to implement their own defensive philosophies and be treated on even keel with the players. In the meantime a trade would be nice.
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