"The Media hated Davis because he kept his mouth shut when it counted and didn't bend over to their tactics. Most NFL owners hated Davis because he was a 'them', having worked his way up, and also because he had no problem hiring minorities when no one else would. You can only have so many people saying bad things about you before the sheep believe it...And now, the sheep don't even know why they hate the Raiders, it's just always been that way..." - Sir Pig
I hope Knapp does go. Last week against the Chiefs was just horrible. The Chiefs are a horrible team but yet we couldn't score a touchdown against them. The excuses are just getting old and they aren't justified anymore.
I have been back and forth on this coaching staff and ultimately I think they ruined more than they have fixed. First, they use a scheme that fits NO ONE on our roster. Palmer, McFadden, O-line ... 1st glaring wrong choice and bad sign from a coaching staff when you can't even evaluate your personnel properly. They have preached patience, patience for what? a 15-0 win by way of 5 FG's against the worst NFL team in the last 10 years?
Dennis Allen has no balls what so ever. Why not go for it 1 of the 2 4th and goals vs KC? What do you have to lose? I'm sorry but I was not impressed by last Sunday's game at all. In fact it made even more frustrated as a Raiders fan and makes me question this new regime even more. The Chiefs are horrible, I won't let the 'shutout' fool me. Allen just seems in way over his head in all this and I know he just lost his Father and is going through some tough times but let's face it, he was supposed to be a 'bright young defensive coach'. Our defense sucks. I haven't seen anything worth a damn to get excited about, especially not shutting out the horrid Chiefs.
If Knapp comes back, I'll be pissed. Tarver, whatever, I could careless and Allen, I am impartial and would give the guy another year to fully judge. I would, however like to see Dennis Allen grow some ****ing balls. Say what you want about Hue, at least the guy had some dick and swagger. Sometimes Allen just looks pathetic on the sidelines.
My issue with Knapp isn't the system he is trying to implement. It is his play calling. The hideous, predictable, repetitive, negative play calling. If I can see what we are about to try and do I'm sure the opposing defensive co-ordinator can see it as well. I have already said that I hope coach Knapp isn't here next season but if he is I hope that the play-calling duties are stripped from him. It is easy to scapegoat individuals when there are multiple issues to deal with but I'd like to see some imagination in our play calling and I just don't see that happening with our current OC.
If they make the dumb decision to retain Knapp, don't expect to see the Raiders on TV next year. We will have half full stadiums and be blacked out every home game. You can give Knapp all the years he wants and be the most patient fan in the world, but the Raiders will never have an NFL caliber O under his watch. Jano will have to be a $10 mil/year kicker, because he will be our O.
If you're not a Raider Fan you ain't $H!T!!!
Basically Allen's overall scheme of things for the team is to ball control, keep the defense well rested on the sidelines. That's what a WCO does, and specifically what a ZBS does. It's goal is to gain yards, 1-2-3 yards, but not lose yards, to set you up for a 3rd and short, where then you just find a soft spot in the zone and boom first down. Major problem is when you want to completely revamp a system in the NFL, its hard to get the personnel to accomplish this, first your line has to change, your back has to change and your receivers has to change to sure handed guys. Given the pieces to work with in terms of cap and picks, the cupboard was bare, at best, you trade DMac for 2 late picks, but that wasn't practical franchise wise(as for RM crying/complaining, it's all media driven, the media keeps asking, and asking, so he's answering and answering honestly, he has said we are getting football players, guys with passion for the game...so he should be Al and keep quiet, seems that's what you want)
Do we see Knapp again....given what we've seen and heard lately, unfortunately, it adds up to him being back next year. My major flaw I have in Allen's thinking given the schemes, changes, etc., was that he completely revamped the offense with little personnel adjustments, yet given Tarver-Allen as 3-4 guys, they don't change the base defense at all, concluding, due to lack of personnel to fit the 3-4 profile....JesusAllen didn't you see our offense was the same, we didn't fit the WCO-ZBS profile, we had big people movers on the front line, not ballerina dancers with quick feet, we didn't have a sure handed receiver for Palmer to get 1st downs. Allen just was not very consistent across the board offensively and defensively.
Now is it a system that's going to work going forward, sure, but I think Knapp's going to need to be more creative with play calling, RM's going to need to find those players to fill the system. LG, RG, RT needs to be upgraded and chain moving receiver (Myers played himself into that role), but it'd be nice to trade in DHB for a Decker-Welker type who understands finding soft spots. Boy the toughest one is DMac, hate to move him, but cap wise, you might save some cash going with a lesser name(while adding some picks), Shanahan made a living putting 1,000 yard no names back there after Terrell Davis was done.
It is my opinion that this offense is failing primarily because of the run game and o-line. Here is my biggest argument with Knapp, for long stretches he simply abandoned the run this year. That to me was a disaster. He was so stuck on running McFadden, he wouldn't do anything else. I think that cost us a ton. It is hard to go downtown when you have no threat in the run game.
Talk is cheap.
A few weeks back when Mark Davis said "The team is regressing and this is not good enough" , he should have followed that up with the announcement that Mckenzie and Allen were fired. Instead , when asked by a reporter about those two, Davis said "they have contracts, they will be here".
Davis saying "this is not good enough" is cheap talk. If he wants real change he needs to bite the bullet , eat the contracts, and fire people.
I hope like HELL that Mark Davis makes sure that Greg Knapp is on the first Bart Train out of Oakland as soon as the clock hits 00:00 after the San Diego game.
Knapp, Tarver, Hossman, and all the bum players need to go. Period.
If we keeping people around just for the sake of not having consistency of keeping people then the Oakland Raiders (who possibly could be playing their last year in Oakland being the least is up in 2013) will continue to stink.
Just Win Baby and Commitment To Excellence hasn't meant a god damn thing since 2002.
Disclaimer: Any of my comments posted here are not directed at any RFN members. It's just my opinion.
Knapp also abandoned the run in Seattle....he wanted to get with the times and provide a good passing game which yes I admit would be better with a true #1 WR..and yes He can probably coach up a QB but his play calling will always hold the offense back...His retarded choices of formations and receiving options in pass plays makes me think his play design and calling is terrible and uncreative.
The only way this offense will be at least decent is with a new creative playbook and OC.
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