The attitudes have been around for a while, this not a new concept in Oakland and the NFL. Most teams are able to harness those attitudes and they aren't as pronounced with other teams. The Raiders, however were different for a variety of reasons, chief among them they had an owner that sided with them and they always knew that wasn't necessarily a big issue as Davis felt the players were usually right even though that wasn't the case. To suggest that coaches are the reason players have the attitudes they have is somewhat short sided. No one including me is around these coaches and players on a daily basis, yet many fans usually want to point the blame at coaches. The men are supposedly professionals and as such they know what is expected of them on and off the field, they understand the consequences of failing to be accountable. I'm curious why former players that played under Allen in Denver spoke highly of his ability to prepare, his intensity etc. yet he comes to Oakland and suddenly he's in over his head, can't relate or motivate players? This franchise has failed because the inmates still believe they are running the asylum, and the sooner these types of players are removed from the equation the better off the organiztion will be. One cancer in the locker room can undermine the entire direction of the franchise. This year has been a complete disaster and everyone from the top down can be held responsible, but in the end players either make plays or they don't and when you have bad attitudes all the coaching in the world won't make a bit of difference, unless you send messages that those types of attitudes and behaviors will not be tolerated, regardless of your salary, draft position or status on the roster...
Originally Posted by Skvllz
"You can't Appoint, Hire, or Declare Leadership" ~ Sonny Barger
"Al Davis thought all owners were dilettantes with a new toy. He said to me many times through the years that owners are often the problem with their franchises, that too many of them think they can run things when they cannot, and the teams that succeed are the ones where the owner hires the best people he can and turns the game over to them."