They say teams take on the personality of the head coach, but what if the head coach has no personality? Does Dennis Allen embody the Raider mystique? Is he a rebel? Does he have that, us against the world mentality? Do you take one look at him and say, "yeah, that guy, that guy is a Raider?" Or, are you more likely to think, "who's the pencil neck?" Throughout the history of the franchise our best coaches had something special about them, something different. They had something that inspired the players to play that much harder for them. The players would play with bloodied noses and busted knuckles and an assortment of sprains and muscle pulls and continue. They'd continue and they'd win in dramatic fashion.
Whether their name was Madden, Flores, Gruden and yes even Hue Jackson one could find an edge to them, a warrior. Didn't even Tom Cable come across as a bit of a tough guy backhanding his snot-nose assistant? It was crude, but in a way, we kind of liked it. Imagine our team taking the field with that type of personality. When the Raiders come to town someone is getting bitch slapped, aw yeah! Our coaches had charisma, swagger, a quiet confidence, a fire in them and an attitude that reeked of defiance. We adored them for it. After all, that's what we are in Raiderland, nonconformists. Does Dennis Allen seem like a nonconformist to you? Is he corporate and cookie cutter? Will what he does and who he is work here?
They say when E.F Hutton talks people listen. When D. Allen talks I try my best not to fall asleep. And when the team took the field I tried my best not to, hooyaawwwggghhh, excuse me for yawning. Another D. Allen presser, another snooze-fest. I feel as though he's just the next guy we're going to get rid of. The question is, will it be his coaching or because he's just plain boring. Sure, obviously it's a bit early to tell, but in the same manner Dennis hunches his shoulders at the end of the day, I just don't know if I'm feeling it. What do you think Raider Nation?