Sunday, October 24, 2021

Eagles Gameday Thread

Little late to the post here, nearing the end of the first, kind of a rough start but plenty of time to turn it around. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Broncos Gameday Thread

Well, here we are. A new era upon us, once again. May the team circle the wagons; reach a record of 4-2; and show that they are still playing for a playoff run. GO RAIDERS!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Just Win, Baby

Amid all of the drama and chaos, let's not forget that the whole point of being an NFL team is playing to win, and doubly so for an organization that has prided itself on slogans such as "Just Win, Baby" and "Commitment to Excellence."

But is it just me, or does it seem like, every time the camera finds Mark Davis since he moved to Las Vegas, he looks contented, despite the fact that the team continues to be mired in an epic stretch of mediocrity on the field. Does he share his father's fire to win? If so, why don't I sense his father's rage at losing?

After getting a sweetheart deal from Sin City, Mark Davis coaxed Jon Gruden out of coaching retirement with a ridiculous 10-year, $100 million deal. Make no mistake, this hire was as much about making a splash and generating star power as it was about winning, timed perfectly for the move to a city that is all about the glitz and the glamor.

As of last Sunday, Mark Davis clearly wasn't getting his money's worth, but there was no way he was going to fire Gruden anytime soon, no matter what happened on the field, because there was too much invested in the "idea" of Jon Gruden. That's what happens when you factor publicity into your coaching hire, costs be damned. 

In other words, thanks to Davis's grandiosity, Gruden's job security was ultimately going to be  untethered to winning and losing--an extraordinary circumstance for any NFL head coach, let alone one hired from the television booth. Just win, baby? How about: Just sell PSLs and luxury boxes, baby.

Mark Davis now has the unexpected opportunity to repent from the shallowness, misplaced nostalgia and fiscal irresponsibility of the Gruden contract. He should thank his lucky stars and hit the reset button, hard. 

Let's talk about Mike Mayock for a moment. Either he has had a strong say in our drafts and personnel decisions, which would mean he's done a poor job; or he hasn't had a strong say, which means he's unproven. Neither of those options sound very appetizing to me.

Raider Nation, stay focused. Keep your eyes on Mark Davis. He suddenly has a chance to get out of his own way and do this the right way. What is the right way? For starters, it will look nothing like the old way. Clean house. Reset. Modernize. Delegate. Innovate. WIN.

Mark Davis, your turn.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The End of the Gruden Show

No excuses. The Gruden Show has ended. The Raiders once again find themselves starting over. The only constant is chaos with this organization. Time to hit the reset button. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Bear’s Gameday Thread

 Right the ship, go Raiders!

Monday, October 04, 2021

Chargers Gamenight Thread

This has to be one of the most pivotal and exciting games to come along in years for Raiders fans. 

Sure, it's early in the season, but there's still a lot on the line; namely, first place in a highly competitive division. When you go two games up early on a team like the Chiefs, you have to keep the pedal to the metal. 

It feels like both a marathon and a sprint right now. Time to keep it rolling. GO RAIDERS!