Monday, December 11, 2017

One Postgame Take

Unless the Raiders win out from here, they will at best notch a .500 record this year.  


As such, the Raiders will have gone 15 consecutive years with only one winning season. In a parity-driven league, this is inconceivable.


Reggie McKenzie was hired in January of 2012. Therefore, 2017 is his sixth year at the helm (damn, time flies, doesn't it?).

Yet we will still end this season with a massive to-do list: improving a bottom-of-the-barrel defense; implementing a Beast Mode succession plan; and fixing whatever the hell has gone sideways with the passing game.



The half life of Al Davis's poor decisions has long expired. Mark Davis, Reggie McKenzie and Jack Del Rio are responsible for this collective underperformance.


What I saw on Sunday was the worst you could say about an NFL team that was supposed to be a contender this year, and that was in a must-win situation: they were soft.


Del Rio is a defensive-oriented coach, and yet he is presiding over a marshmallow defensive unit. Our offense was humming last year, and he fired the offensive coordinator. Reggie's draft record is certifiably questionable. Mark Davis is taking his toys and heading to Las Vegas. Based on what I'm seeing, this team doesn't seem to have a lot of  heart (if you think I'm mistaken, please explain).


Frankly, it's a buzzkill, and barring a miracle, we are already facing a long offseason. But Mark Davis is getting his stadium in Nevada, and paychecks are being cashed, and the only thing we can do as fans is wonder when it will matter enough to all of them to raise their collective game and give us something to be proud of.        

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Chiefs Gameday Thread

Every week lately has been a must-win situation, and now we've got another one on our hands.

I have to say I was disappointed to hear this from Bruce Irvin this week:

“Guys saw the Norton situation, and that kind of got guys fired up, I would say, and more focused. Once again, I think guys are looking at that situation and thinking, ‘Man, we can get fired, too.’ It’s not only coaches. It falls on the players, too. It was a wake-up call for us, and guys really started to hone in and get in their books. We’re practicing better, and it’s starting to translate on Sundays now."

So that's what it took to get fired up and focused when the division has been there for the taking since day one?

I still wonder about the culture of this locker room. In the end, we're back to the same old mantra we've been saying for so many years here: Prove it. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Giants Gameday Thread

It's a make or break game today. No way the Raiders shouldn't
thump Geno and the Giants!