Oakland Raiders Mid Term Report Card

The Raiders generated far more excitement off the field than they did between the lines. The once proud tradition that once was Stabler, Blanda, Hendricks, Brown, Haynes, Long, Connors, Casper, Biletnikoff, and Branch today seems like a distant memory

TEAM: Oakland Raiders

OFFENSE F

DEFENSE D+

SPEC. TEAMS C-

COACHING F

FRONT OFFICE F

SCOUTING D

OVERALL F

STRENGTH RB, DC, TE, G, LB, K, P, DT

WEAKNESS WR, FS, OT, Owner

OFF. MVP Zach Miller

DEF. MVP Gerard Warren

TOP ROOKIE Darren McFadden

Comments: The last time the Raiders found themselves in this situation Tom Flores was the team quarterback and the late Eddie Erdelatz, Marty Feldman and Red Conkright were patrolling the sidelines. That was forty-five years ago and after their disastrous start the clubs managing partners decided to hire a relatively unheralded Chargers assistant named Al Davis to the position of head coach. The decision proved to be one of the greatest moves in football history, but four decades later, it now appears that the person most responsible for the team's success on the field (Al Davis) is the one great deterrent to the team future successes.

There are some young talented players on this roster that can contribute to the clubs future successes, but based on my exposure quarterback JaMarcus Russell is not one of them. Making the right decision with the first pick in the draft is critical, although they have certainly not given out on this wide body, I really question his quick decision making ability, accuracy and mobility leave much to be desired.

Ownership is far too involved in the team's day to day operation and commenting on the coaching staff at this stage of the season, since in less than two months the entire staff will be history. The big question today is what coach in his right mind would accept the job given the level of interference?

The scouting staff is a talented veteran group, but they do not and never have had the final decision making powers. Wow, what a surprise!


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