Personally, I think that Reggie will do a great job and I like what he's done so far. Until I see it translate to on-field success though, I'll remain a tad nervous.
That doesnt matter anyway. There isnt an owner (GM) who hasnt gotten cross with players at some point. Granted most people would have simply traded Allen away and Al didnt handle it well but neither did Marcus.
"If thats the world you live in"
If only, Closed minds came with Closed mouths!
Regardless of that, what Al did not do made a difference. Underfunding coaching and scouting has predicable results.
Main thing that went wrong is the draft. go to the site drafthistory.com and start with 2001. all you need to know.
We want to win. The Raider fans deserve it. The Raider players deserve it, even my organization deserves it. You have to win and you have to win with a vision for the Super Bowl. That's our passion here. - Al Davis
Al tore up his contract twice in his first four seasons. The whole thing started when Dickerson was traded to Indy. Marcus felt he was under paid after ED became the highest paid back in the NFL. Marcus had a sub par year in 86 and had just gotten a raise after the 85 season when Al very generously tore up his contract.
For the second time in 2 years.
Then, in 1987, when the players went on strike, Marcus, in addition to striking, joined the OPTIONAL NFLPA lawsuit against the owners. Then, as if that wasn't enough, Marcus went on KTLA in Los Angeles slandering and blasting his boss who had been very good to him. He childishly did the media tour around L.A. bad mouthing Al. Then, claiming he was underpaid, he held out after the players returned from the strike which was a stupid move when your back up is Bo Jackson. I lost all respect for Marcus that year and don't see what possible points you could see that justify his conduct.
He got what he deserved.
Marcus wanted another pay raise when Dickerson became the highest paid back in the NFL. He didn't deserve it after his sub par 86 year and had already been given two raises in his first four seasons. I would love to hear what you think he was right on.His O.J. like charm had the media on his side when in reality, he personified the greedy egotistical athlete who was never happy.
He didn't deserve a 3rd raise after 86 and Al stood firm on a spoiled brat who badly needed to be told no.
That's what the conflict was over.
In order to say he had a valid point, you would have to argue he deserved a 3rd raise in 5 years and he did not.
I am just saying what the media never did in their zeal to smear Al.
I lived in Los Angeles when that happened and remember it very well.
What went wrong you ask? the 2001 playoff game in Gillette Stadium at Foxborough where we got robbed if we would have won that game Gruden would have still been the coach til this day i tell you!!!!
I agree, like I said before. However, Al held on to Allen for another 6 years, out of spite. Great management.That's what the conflict was over.
The gannon era ending in failure combined with terrible drafting is what happened.
Ive also felt like had gannon won a ring or two al davis's legacy would have been different. He would rank with the rooneys and jerry jones versus a flameout GM/owner.
That whole ravens/patriots/gruden saga really put a dent in the raiders image to this day. Terrible drafting doesn't help but I think davis was drafting for the biggest hype/franchise player even when they had signs of a bust so he could win now before his time was up. (jamarcus, gallery, getting sapp ect).
It was the fact that when Gannon and other good players went by the wayside, there was no one of equal or greater value to take their places. Drafting JaWalrus Coughsyrup didn't help, either. Should have made getting a LEGIT starting QB a priority.
Of course with the revolving door of coaches here, he wouldn't have done as well here as in NY or Miami.
When you look at some of those players we could of drafted, then again we didn't have the the coaching staff stability to be confident we could develop any of those players anyhow. Look what we did to Gallery, Gallery should be right now what Joe Thomas / Jake Long is
STill I thought Norv's Raiders had some promise even if he wasn't the right coach
I was actually thinking about the Golden state warriors and how awful they are and it was like they transferred their franchise energy to us in the last decade
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