Being Raiders fans, it's understandable why many expect immediate success. It's easy to forget when the Patriots were not competitive. This actually didn't begin with Bill Belichik who's first year with the team was 5-11 but began with Bill Parcells back in 1993. He took over a 2-14 team and was 5-11 in his first but then went 11-5 his second. His record was 32-32. Pete Carroll followed and was fired after going 27-21 in 3 seasons.
Speaking of Carroll, he came over from USC for reasons that could have been monetary or otherwise but took over a 5-11 team after they fired Jim Mora Jr. after one season. He followed that up with two mediocre 7-9 seasons before discovering an undersized gold mine in Russell Wilson last year and if not for a season ending injury to former Raider Chris Clemons may still be playing for their first Super Bowl championship in their history.
Many don't recall Ted Marchibroda as Baltimore Ravens head coach. You shouldn't considering they were 16-31-1 under him. This team was a mediocre 8-8 in Brian Billick's first year before their 12-4 Super Bowl season (one in which Trent Dilfer took a month to get the offense into the end zone).
My point is the Niners' turn around is the exception, not the rule. These teams all had a foundation to work with prior to their perennial post season appearances. Their fanbases suffered as we have and had a structure in place. I'm only 33 and expecting to be around long enough to see the fruits of this organization's patience in dealing with these matters. Maybe I'm the minority but I am all for cutting ties and not restructuring until these players turn around our W-L first. Please forgive me as I go on a rant now.
I'm tired of reading comments about us being 8-8 2 years in a row and acting like we were one game away from hosting the AFC Championship.
I'm tired of reading excuses for trading away our future for an aging DT who doesn't give a shit to compete anymore or a QB who wasn't ready to perform and will not likely be around in 2 years.
I'm tired of reading comments defending DHB's regression while an undrafted free agent out-performs him.
Sorry about that, what is your opinion? You ok with building a winner slowly but surely if it means short term growing pains?