I want to make this post to the Raider Nation Fan Base.
The OAKLAND RAIDERS are trying to rebuild what was once the GREATEST FRANCHISE ON EARTH. Because of very poor management by the last Owner of the Team, the team was brought to it's knees. It had no assets, no decent draft picks (traded for washed up malcontents) and the core of the team was completely corrupt. On top of that, the last regime left the team drowning in DEAD MONEY so that no top players could be signed because there was only enough room to get a full 53 man roster at bargain prices.
The son of the last GREAT Owner, now took ownership once the passing of his Dad had occurred. Mark had watched his Dad go from the GREATEST to the worst in less than 2 decades, he saw that his Dad had his flaws and it was hurting the team. Mark knew he could not follow in his footsteps because it would be instant failure.
After the passing of Al Davis, Mark turned to one of Al's favorites, John Madden and one of Al's disciples, Ron Wolf. They highly recommended Reggie McKenzie as the man to lead this Franchise back to respectability. Because of the horrible situation the team was in, Reggie knew that it would have to be a " look down the road" kind of job. He hired a young HC who he could work with and help develop over the course of time it would take to build this team back to where it should be.
They had to dump divas who made way too much money, change the atmosphere in the building, remake the roster with less than 70 million in cap space to get it done with. I am sure, MANY coaches looked at the situation in Oakland and wanted NO PART OF IT. The 1st year was probably very difficult to convince ANY COACH to come to Oakland, it was a patchwork coaching staff with a patchwork roster.
This year, the coaching was solidified and the roster turned over again. No depth, no cap space to get quality players and a tough schedule where half the games were vs playoff teams.
AND HERE WE HAVE, in the RAIDER NATION, fans, SCREAMING FOR THEIR HEADS. REALLY? REALLY? You should be thanking them for taking the job, it was a enormous mountain just to get this team pointed in the right direction, it is, give them the credit they deserve instead of trying to tear it all down again. HAS THE RAIDER NATION NOT LEARNED A DAMN THING FROM ALL THIS LOSING?