thanksfella asked: what are your thoughts of DA possibly getting axed this season? I read on rotoworld that they think the Raiders should clean house... most ridiculous thing i have heard. considering the Raiders just finished cleaning out the junk... people need to remember it takes time to build multi year winning team. Maybe DA isnt the head coach for us, but i believe in Mckenzie.
My case against Reggie McKenzie:
Coaching strategy: Fired Hue Jackson, who as offensive coordinator and head coach had led us to consecutive 8-8 seasons with the support of the players and the fans, and bring in Dennis Allen, the defensive coordinator of a rival we had beaten that season, and who would go on to hire an unproven defensive coordinator (Jason Tarver), a proven to be bad offensive coordinator (Greg Knapp) and the QB coach of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne (Greg Olson).
Deconstruction strategy: Gut the roster of young talented players like Jared Veldheer, LaMarr Houston, Rashad Jennings, Matt Shaughnessy, Desmond Bryant and Mike Mitchell, as well as team leaders like Carson Palmer, Richard Seymour and Shane Lechler, all in the name of getting under the cap, while teams like the Cowboys, Steelers and Panthers continue to be competitive even with terrible cap situations.
Drafting strategy: From the 2012 draft, only two of six players remain on the roster: Tony Bergstrom, a third round bust if such a thing exists, and Miles Burris, a solid depth piece at linebacker. From the 2013 draft, three of ten players are already off the roster, with four more spending most of their time on injured reserve (DJ Hayden, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore and Latavius Murray). After last week’s game, Mychal Rivera can add fumbling to his resume of not being able to run and block. The jury is still out 2014 draft class.
Rebuilding strategy: Bring a combination of former Green Bay Packers practice squad players and washed up veterans, including quarterbacks Matt Leinart (out of the league) and Matt Flynn (lost the starting job and cut), running back Mike Goodson (out of the league), offensive lineman Mike Brisiel, Andre Gurode and Tony Pashos (all out of the league), as well as Roger Staffold (failed physical and returned to the Rams), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (spent most of the time on injured reserve or on the bench), defensive linemen Dave Tollefson, Andre Carter and Jason Hunter (all out of the league), cornerbacks Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer and Pat Lee (the latter two out of the league), safety Usama Young (on the bench), Chris Kluwe (out of the league), Josh Cribbs (out of the league).
Successful free agent signings: Rashad Jennings (let go), James Jones, Austin Howard, Donald Penn, Pat Sims, Vance Walker (let go), Nick Roach (injured), Philip Wheeler (let go), Kevin Burnett (let go), Mike Jenkins (let go), Tracy Porter (let go), Philip Adams (let go), Charles Woodson.
Current free agent signings who have not played well through two games this season: Matt Schaub (on the bench for $8 mil), Maurice Jones-Drew (injured), Greg Little (cut before season), Kevin Boothe (on the bench), Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Carlos Rogers.
*The jury is also still out on cornerback Tarell Brown, who has been up and down in his play.
Positives: The cap situation is finally under control (although it might not be next season when we have to cut all these washed-up veterans). Penalties are also finally under control (the Raiders have the lowest penalty yards in the league). The 2014 draft class is already looking strong (Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson are already in starting roles, while TJ Carrie, Justin Ellis and Shelby Harris also look promising). The team has veteran leadership (Charles Woodson, Justin Tuck and Maurice Jones-Drew). The offensive line is looking solid. The special teams is looking good as always. The Raiders might just finally have a quarterback of the future (Carr), and the rot from the final few Al Davis years has been all but gutted out (expensive busts like Michael Huff, DHB, Rolando McClain are all gone).
Conclusion: The Raider mystique is losing its luster because of moves made by general manager Reggie McKenzie, which include the hiring of head coach Dennis Allen. Making matters worse, the Raiders haven’t had a winning season in over ten years, and the stadium conditions continue to worsen. Over the last two weeks, this team has been dead on arrival when it takes the field. This issue points to the coaching staff, but I also think it goes deeper than that. The Oakland Raiders need change, big change, and they need it now. Maybe McKenzie gets another chance with his 2014 draft, but the 2014 free agent class will continue to haunt him for many years to come, and maybe out of a job. In short, DA is done, Reggie’s on the hot seat.