The Oakland Raiders haven’t lived up to their slogan of “Commitment to Excellence” for a decade. Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders have been plagued by questionable personnel decisions and bad player contracts. Reggie McKenzie, who was the Green Bay Packers director of football operations before being hired as general manager in January 2012, is overseeing one of the NFL’s most difficult tasks in his attempt to rebuild the Raiders.
Like all NFL teams, the Raiders are getting ready for this week’s draft. John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew the Silver and Black are better prepared than in the past.
This was supposed to be a year where the Raiders would finally have a winning season and possibly challenge for a playoff spot. But under new head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie, the team’s rebuilding efforts were largely unsuccessful. A few players showed promise but overall, it was a frustrating season for the organization and the team’s long suffering fans.
With the Raiders mired in another losing season, now is the time for quarterback Terrelle Pryor to get his chance to prove to his coaches and the fans what he can do. The Raiders are guaranteed a top five pick in the upcoming NFL draft so there’s nothing to lose by playing him. In fact, a loss by the team only helps to ensure a better draft pick.
The 3-10 Raiders continue to make roster cuts to players who aren’t performing as the front office expected. This week featured the release of cornerback Ron Bartell and the reinstatement of disgrunted linebacker Rolando McClain. There is also speculation that long-time punter Shane Lechler will not return next season given his advanced age and high salary.
The 3-10 Oakland Raiders have three games left on the schedule. Owner Mark Davis has already expressed his frustration with the team’s struggles over the last month and the status of head coach Dennis Allen is in question. Many speculate Allen could get fired if he does not end the losing streak.
With three games left, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie are deciding which players are deserving of playing time, most notably rookie wide receiver Rod Streater and cornerback Phillip Adams. Allen also says that it will continue to be an ongoing process to improve the team.
Despite the years of losing, the Raiders continue to be newsworthy for all the drama associated with this once storied franchise. Even after the passing of owner Al Davis, controversy surrounds the team. Following a fifth straight loss, head coach Dennis Allen abruptly left to be with his ailing father who passed away Monday night. Now rumors are swirling that former coach Jon Gruden may return to the Silver and Black..
The Raiders have assured themselves of another mediocre season with their eighth loss. As professionals, the players owe it to themselves, the organization, and most importantly the fans to play with some pride the final five games.
With new head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie, the Raiders are 3-7 and appear headed for their 10th straight non-winning season.