Fast and aggressive in all aspects of our team. I suspect these words are the main reason why Dennis Allen was hired. Fast and aggressive is what the Raiders are built for and what they have always been about. This has to put some of our fans concerns to bed about too much change happening in Oakland. The Raiders are still and will always be fast and aggressive. We are who we have always been, even if we are evolving more so than ever before into a team of now instead of a team of the past.
I can't help but be excited about our future under Allen after watching that press conference. He handled himself very well with the media for his first press conference as head coach. You can tell when he speaks he wants to give eye contact and let you know that he means what he is saying. When this man says we want to instill discipline and be proud of our team again he means it with every fiber of his being. This seems like a man that can not help but demand your respect and attention. This seems like a man that can make a legitimate dent in our penalty problems.
He made sure to include some of Al's mottoes to alleviate some of our fears of the changes we are going through. You can tell that he wanted each of us fans to know that the Oakland Raiders are a team built on their mystique and that he is not coming in here to change that part of us. When asked if he thought we needed broad changes across the board Allen had no hesitation in responding no. The changes that need to be made can be made with a lot of our existing personal. You don't take over a top 10 offense and start selling off the pieces, and I am glad that Dennis Allen seems willing to live by that philosophy as well.
We are a team capable of winning now and our goal remains to win now. This is not the start of a rebuilding stage, its the start of an evolution that has been delayed for a long time. While we had Al Davis on this realm and in control I was O.K. running his antiquated system, but now he is gone and its time for our team to adjust to the new age. Change is inevitable and we held on longer than anybody could have imagined.
Now the inevitable change is here and the initiation of it is going to be looked over by Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen. They are both inexperienced in the positions they hold but are very strong minded, strong willed individuals. We are going to see a decrease in penalties and an increase in production under these individuals. I feel it all the way through my bones.Coach Allen believes that we have a team that he can win with now, that he can make listen to him, that he can add discipline to, and that is going to be proud of who they are. Lets show him that he has a team that has fans that believe in them too.
This is a good time to be a Raider fan again. It will be a very long time before my line of thinking can be proven correct, but the glory days are about to return to our Raider Nation. We might have the youngest coach in the league, but he has fire and brimstone running through his veins. Dennis Allen proved to me today that he deserves to wear the Silver and Black. I can't wait (even though I have to) to see those driven eyes coaching our team from the sidelines. That black and silver striped tie he wore to the press conference looked pretty damn good too.