Reggie McKenzie, and Dennis Allen have enjoyed a nice honeymoon since taking over the franchise. All questions are answered swiftly with" look at the mess they inherited ". The mess they inherited was 8-8, one win away from the playoffs. Granted The Raiders had a cap mess, some due to the previous regime, and some of McKenzie's own making. Caps are manageable. Yes we had overpaid underachievers, but so did Seattle, high priced players such as Rice, Miller, Harvin have never played up to the contracts they were handed . So where exactly does the rubber meet the road for Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen.
Now Look at two teams that have had successful turn arounds in this same span. The Colts went from worst to the playoffs in a year after losing the likes of Peyton Manning, and Dwight Freeney, The Seahawks have become NFC contenders with 2 drafts and a half dozen free agent signings.They had just as many bad contracts on the books as Oakland. So where do the Raiders fit in.
We all know the Raiders will have allot of money to spend next year, but is that going to solve all the problems in Oakland? When you look at the list of free agents next year our own players are the cream of the crop, there are very few difference makers on the list. In addition we will have around 21 roster spots to fill, that money doesn't go so far when you have to resign or rebuild nearly half the roster. So now that McKenzie has dismantled the Raiders how long would you say he has to rebuild them, and become competitive. The NFL franchises we are watching on the rise have been competitive in 3,2, even 1 year. How long does D.A. have to show he has what it take to lead this team, and become a threat?
I personally feel with 75 % of the roster turned over , two drafts, and 20 games under their belts the honeymoon is over, and excuses go out the window. It is time to lay the cards on the table. The cap excuses go out the window next year, and with three full drafts, and three years of personnel decisions, by the end of next season the verdict should be in. The teams we started rebuilding with are off to the races the Raiders should at least be on their way back to .500, where we were when this experiment started.