I know that this may seem as fantasy talking about the management decisions of our team, but this kind of stuff gives me hope for our franchise. The following names are General Managers and Defensive Coordinators that the media has us pegged for but also who I wish the Raiders would hire.
My personal Favorite, Eric Decosta, Baltimore Ravens:
Named as one of the most powerful people in sports under the age of 35, DeCosta has played a strong role in the drafting of Pro Bowl players like Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Jamal Lewis, Bart Scott, Le'Ron McClain, Haloti Ngata, and Ray Rice along with significant contributors Tony Weaver, Mark Clayton, Chester Taylor, Ed Hartwell, Dawan Landry, Jason Brown, Jared Gaither, Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda, Sam Koch, and Lardarius Webb.
Decosta would without a doubt bring the defense back to the Raiders. Me being a fan of defensive minded football programs, this is the obvious choice.
Les Snead, Atlanta Falcons:
Snead began his 13th season with the Falcons personnel department and the third under his title of Director of Player Personnel. Snead oversees both the college and pro scouting efforts and works closely with Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also plays a day-to-day role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster and provides salary value analysis of all player acquisitions, while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents. Don't really care for this guy.
Reggie Mckenzie, Green Bay Packers:
Reggie McKenzie enters his 25th year in the NFL and his 18th season as a member of the Packers’ personnel department. Since he joined the team’s front office in 1994, Green Bay’s 170 regular-season wins over that period rank tied for third most with Indianapolis, trailing only Pittsburgh (172) and New England (180). Also in McKenzie’s tenure, the Packers have captured seven division titles, three conference championships and Super Bowls XXXI and XLV.
A former player, coach and now personnel executive, McKenzie oversees Green Bay’s scouting efforts of all professional football leagues, including the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League, as well as all other pro leagues and international players. He also plays an integral role in judging the Packers’ current players and evaluating potential free agents across the league. McKenzie is heavily involved in all of the team’s moves on a daily basis, including all tryouts and transactions.
During the season, McKenzie provides advance scouting reports on upcoming opponents, working closely with Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff. He also contributes to the scouting of college prospects, making school visits in both the fall and spring, and works in conjunction with General Manager Ted Thompson in preparation for the annual draft.
He was promoted to director – football operations in 2008 after serving 10 years as the Packers’ director of pro personnel. A former NFL linebacker for seven seasons (1985-90, 1992), the 48-year-old McKenzie had been promoted to director of pro personnel by then-Executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf in May 1997 after originally joining the Packers as a pro personnel assistant in 1994.
Chosen by Wolf as a 10th-round selection out of the University of Tennessee in 1985 by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, McKenzie became an immediate starter on defense and went on to win all-rookie honors. After four years (1985-88) with the Raiders, McKenzie spent two injury-plagued seasons (1989-90) with the then-Phoenix Cardinals and one year (1992) with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mckenzie is floating around the media right now as the number 1 target of the Raiders. He would make an excellent choice with his ties to the organization.
Eliot Wolf, Green Bay Packers:
Eliot Wolf in 2011 enters his eighth season with the Packers and first as assistant director of player personnel, spending the past three seasons as assistant director of pro personnel and his first four years with the Packers as pro personnel assistant. He works primarily at Lambeau Field under Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson. Wolf originally joined the Packers on Feb. 26, 2004.
His primary duties include scouting teams in the NFL and in-season advance scouting of upcoming Packers opponents. Wolf also is involved with college scouting during the offseason and is very active in the Packers draft.
The son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, Eliot’s scouting career unofficially began at age 10, when he joined his father in film sessions at Lambeau Field.
He’s also worked 19 consecutive Packers drafts (since 1993), and nine NFL scouting internships — five with the Packers, three with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the Seattle Seahawks. Wolf has attended 19 consecutive NFL scouting combines.
Those internships and prior "unofficial" experiences have provided significant knowledge. Wolf, for example, is familiar with the history of every NFL player, having prepared Packers’ details for every draft since 1993.
Wolf is a rising star and has Raider blood in his veins. This would be another good choice.
Bill Polian, Unemployed:
Bill Polian is the former Vice Chairman of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team. He rose to league prominence as the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills, building a team that participated in four straight Super Bowls, losing each time. Following his stint in Buffalo, Polian went on to become the General Manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers, where his initial success in building what was arguably the most rapidly successful expansion team in NFL history led to his moving on to the Colts. He has won the NFL's Executive of the Year award 6 times (1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2009).
He definitely has the knowledge and experience to help the Raiders. He has drafted the likes of Bob Sanders and Reggie Wayne.
These guys would get me really pumped up for the 2012 season.
Jack Del Rio, Unemployed:
Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1997 as the Strength and Conditioning coach. In 1999, he accepted a position with the Baltimore Ravens as their linebackers coach. He is in part credited for the success of the Ravens' defense, particularly the 2000 Ravens' defense. After the 2001 season, he was named defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In his first season as defensive coordinator, he led them to the second best defense in the league that season.
This, like many in Raider Nation, is my personal favorite. He wouldn't take any shit and would bring the Raiders back to dominance.
Mike Nolan, Miami Dolphins:
The son of former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints head coach, Dick Nolan, he signed with the 49ers in 2005 to be head coach, following in his father's footsteps. Nolan joined San Francisco after establishing himself as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, a position he held with three other teams: New York Jets (2000), Washington Redskins (1997–99), and New York Giants (1993–96). He is doing a good job with Miami this year, as we all witnessed first hand.
Steve Spagnuolo, Unemployed:
Spagnuolo began his NFL coaching career in the Philadelphia Eagles organization in 1999, serving as linebackers and defensive backs coach. He remained there for eight years, learning Jim Johnson's defensive philosophy. It was under Johnson that Spagnuolo cultivated his trademark look, Goatee and buzz cut.
He spent two years in New York, and was the architect of the aggressive defensive strategy against the New England Patriots (the highest scoring offensive team in NFL history) in Super Bowl XLII, which was instrumental in the close victory by the Giants. Following the Super Bowl win and a great deal of praise, Spagnuolo's name was widely circulated for open head coach positions around the NFL. He would definitely develop a swagger for our defense, and he has worked with Waufle previously.
Mike Singletary, Minnesota Vikings:
Following the 2004 season, the San Francisco 49ers hired Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to be their head coach, and Singletary left the Ravens with Nolan to be San Francisco's assistant head coach and linebackers coach. In 2007, Singletary interviewed for the head coaching job of the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, but was ultimately passed over.
We all know his issues, but this team needs strict disciplinarians like Mike.
These names are just a few of many possibilities out there that will help reshape our teams image back to where it needs to be. These are exciting times to be a Raiders fan. Who would you guys like to see fill our key vacancies?