Friday, November 7, 2008

Rebuilding the Raiders

By Rick Richardson

In a previous post I mentioned bringing in the ultimate general manager Ron Wolf and the wingman of Al’s choice to jumpstart the return of the Raiders. With a protégé in tow, the transition to a day without the Wolf would be seamless, and create an atmosphere of continuity for many years. After this tour de force, Oakland could then concentrate on the head coach.

Jim Harbaugh has been recently mentioned as a replacement, to the replacement, that is Tom Cable. Nothing against Cable, but he is better suited to be the offensive line coach, although if he isn’t retained as head coach, his days as the Raiders zone blocking guru are more than likely behind him. With Harbaugh, the Raiders might find the much-needed discipline they have been lacking. The kind of discipline that Rich Gannon often lamented was missing during his time with the Raiders, and the kind of discipline that Art Shell would have brought with him, if he hadn’t made the mistake of letting his loyalty to the bed and breakfast profession drag him down. Harbaugh has talent, and most of all the grit and expertise of what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. JaMarcus Russell could use his tutelage and maybe, just maybe create a bust in Canton, instead of the very different kind of bust that he is sliding toward with each tumultuous day in Oakland. Russell is beginning to have that deer in the headlights look on game day, and seems to be on his own in terms of development. Poor coaching leads to bad habits and bad habits lead to wasted cap room for the Raiders.

Harbaugh’s career college record is 38-18 while at San Diego and Stanford. He possesses that Rich Gannon perfectionism. He believes in going the extra mile for the win, painstakingly pouring over every little detail. With the can’t do attitude the Raiders players have displayed recently, it would be great to have Harbaugh’s fresh input on Sundays in Oakland, and a quarterback friendly coach for Russell in the process.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you high?? Basic Cable is NOT a head coach in any way! To bring a new HC in here without the hire of a GM will do NOTHING! The Raiders are way beyond the HC cure. The Raiders need to Clean HOUSE of ALL Staff.....John Hurrera and Mike Taylor first please......Scum bags for sure! The Vipers that surround Al are sucking the life from him and us. All the old Raiders that fill the building should find other work.....Feeding at the Davis table should be over. The team is not commited to anything but losing....That is who runs the Team and that is what we see on Sunday.....I am DONE with season tickets and will spend my money on a 50" TV to watch when I can......Until the Raiders put as much effort into winning as I do Tailgating.....Fuck Them....

November 16, 2008 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger MoRaider said...

Nope, not high, and I think if you read the previous post you are agreeing with me. The previous post discusses the pie in the sky dreaming of bringing back Ron Wolf as GM. The current post is discussing hiring Jim Harbaugh, not Tom Cable, and the fact that Tom Cable is better suited as a position coach. I feel your pain; the current version of the Raiders is like watching the "Football Follies", starring the Raiders. Enjoy your big screen TV man, I don't think you are alone. I hope someday soon you will be tuning into something that resembles football and not the dysfunctional mess we have now.

Thanks for commenting,


November 17, 2008 at 6:26 AM  

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