Also, the control that you keep talking about, what an executive oversees is what I've mentioned in my prior post, meaning that he does give up some control in how much money is given to draft picks/UFA's and who is brought in through free agency. Kind of like a Bruce Allen type of position, i'm sure you've heard of him and his work prior to taking the job in Tampa.
Okay. Given that there are 3 rough possibilities:
a) Hire an expierienced coach with a solid resumeé to get leadership and respect to the sideline (e.g. Billick)
b) Hire a young gun with no (or very little...) experience to inject some motivation and fresh air into the Raiders (e.g. Harbaugh (or Kiffin last year...)
c) Keep Cable who belongs to Cat. C but brings stability
C is right down the middle in my estimation. It's okay. Allthough I don't think that Cable can win us 10 games in either of the next two years (Which should of course be our long-term goal)
He NEEDS X&O Nerds around him, and he needs above average ones because he is not. He is a tough person who has the respect of the players and has proven he can get their mindsets right on Sundays. Plus he has some sort of chemistry with our 70 Mio $ QB which is not the worst of things.
However, as I said before, we would need an extremly talented support cast if Cable sticks around, especially in terms of evaluating talent, he certainly has no knack for that (Kwame... and the roles of Fargas/McFadden/Bush).
Well this has been really interesting to read. Im just going to add my little piece for the heck of it.
I do realize that Al Davis is the GM here and he isnt going to give that up. He loves that and the control. I understand that it isnt going to change.
But still I feel that he does need to hire a real GM and take a step back and that is what would really like to happen. Im probably going to keep saying it too.
Is it going to make a difference? No and I know that. But hey this a message board for fans and one of the biggest parts of that is stating what we would like to see. So sure Al is going to change and do anything different.
While I know this it doesnt change the fact that I feel he needs to and that I want him to. So here it goes again. Al Davis needs to hire a GM and step back I really wish he would. But Im sure he is just going to bring in some one to assist in some manner but not have any real say.
RIP Al Davis you will forever be in our memories. I know I was very critical of you but I always have and always will appreciate all you accomplished as a RAIDER!! I will root no more or no less for the Raiders and be no more or no less a Raiders fan now that you are gone.
Raider Nation 4 Life!
I was at the Atlanta game and the team was a COMPLETE disaster in all phases of the game. Donnetel is going to be Cable's Tom Walsh. Anybody see Washington play last year. Possibly the worst team in division 1 football in the last 10 years. What a joke!!!!
One of the true legends of the game. It was an absolute pleasure to play for the man. The only thing is, I wish I could have won more for him. He embodies everything that the NFL is. He's unmistakable. Recognize greatness when you see it, because it won't be around too much longer. I love Al. - Warren Sapp 4.9.09
You're actually wrong about Jerry Jones. When he was in charge the Cowboys were terrible, his best move was hiring Parcells, who should be credited with how the Cowboys have looked. He was the one that made the major roster moves and decisions. And now that he's gone, and Jones started making his own moves, look how it has worked out for them. They signed Pacman, who isn't on the team anymore. They went out and threw a lot of draft picks at the Lions to get Roy Williams, who had less than 200 yards total in the games he's played with Dallas. So to say Jerry Jones is "doing a good job" is laughable
IMO, the "GENERAL MANAGER" overlooks free agency, contracts, the selection of picks, and the hiring of coaches.
From my understanding of Al Davis, he's overlooked all of those things that I've stated. The particular areas that may change in talking about this "local guy" is scouting free agency and handling the contracts of UFA's and draft picks. Why? Everyone saw what happened last year with BIG CONTRACTS and poor free agency signings.
With all of that being said, Al is still going to hire the coaches/fire the coaches and he's still going to have the FINAL SAY in the draft room about certain picks in the draft. IMO, that's all WE(as fans) could ask for right now, instead of beating the phrase "GM" down repeatedly on this board, DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
1. we've been too young across the board...
2. didnt bring in the right kind of veterans (Brooks, Moss, Jordan, Sapp) to counter-balance poor coaching hires (Turner, Shell, Kiffin)...
3. Have made poor choices in free agent/trade acquisitions
4. Drafted poorly... ( I like the last two drafts however)\
We need someone upstairs who can help Al make better decisions... someone who Al trust and that can work with him... He'll NEVER hire a Scott Pioli or Bill Parcells type, and honestly I cant blame him for that... but he does need to find another Bruce Allen type GM who can get the job done without stepping on Al's toes...
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