I am perplexed by what has happened to the Raider Organization. The Raiders have gone from a football dynasty, the team to beat, the team of second chances for players to the team that’s barely winning games. The organization is the “franchise time forgot.” I realize all organizations go through a rebuilding period but the Raiders are in more than a rebuilding phase the franchise is dying.
It is obvious there is a lack of leadership in the locker room. The players lack discipline, basic knowledge of the game and no one wants to play for the team. There was a time when every player in the league wanted to play for the “Silver and Black.” It is obvious that changes need to be made in order to bring the team back to its prominence and it does not entail getting a new stadium or moving to a different city.
The owner wants a new stadium? Why, if the team is not winning surely you don’t think fans are going to be chomping at the bit to pay the increased price in tickets. These owners are so ridiculous with their demands for new stadiums. Leaving Oakland would be a mistake for the franchise because that is the core fan base and they are going to support the team regardless. The organization has been through that once and realized the team belongs in Oakland so don’t make that mistake again. Besides, fans visit the stadium on game day, they don’t live there so there is no reason to focus on a getting a new stadium at this juncture. The focus needs to be on rebuilding and rebranding the Raider organization.
Under the leadership of Al Davis, the Raiders were known as rebels. His philosophy of “Just Win Baby” was built on strong leadership and a belief in giving players a second chance. The Raiders were rebels but the organization could stand on that because at its core were some of the best players and coaches to ever play and coach the game. John Madden never had a losing season when he was the head coach of the Raiders. The organization has got to the find its way back to that. Given the teams downward spiral during the years of Al Davis’ declining health and subsequent death the team has not been able to climb out of the hole that has been dug for so many years. We all know that it’s hard to win in the NFL and it’s even harder when the team consist of subpar players, coaches and bad management.
The organization hired Jack Del Rio as the new head coach. Can Jack Del Rio turn the team around? He has his hands full that’s for sure. Coach Del Rio is more of a defensive coach so it’s going to be interesting to see if he has the right offensive coordinator in Brian Musgrave who worked with Coach Del Rio in 2003 and 2004. Based on Musgrave’s experience as a QB coach, my belief is that his skillset is better suited to be the QB coach, not the offensive coordinator. It really doesn’t matter because the NFL owners continue to recycle coaches, which is the reason the teams continue to run the same three offensive schemes but I digress that’s for another blog.
Coach Del Rio’s tenure at Jacksonville was not spectacular. He spent nine seasons with the Jaguars and left with a regular season record of 68–71 and a 1–2 record in two playoff appearances over his nine years.
Del Rio’s Coaching Career is as follows:
New Orleans Saints (1997–1998)
(Assistant Strength Coach) (1997)
(Linebackers Coach) (1998)
Baltimore Ravens (1999-2001)
Carolina Panthers (2012)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2011)
Denver Broncos (2012 – 2014)
Defensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach
Coach Del Rio’s mantra during his tenure with the Jaguars was “keep chopping wood.” Hmm, he will need more than that to motivate the players because they lack the basic fundamental knowledge of football.