AL always made sure that there was a designated scapegoat in case things went bad. When AL promoted Cable, CABLE was the designated scapegoat. When AL hired Bresnahan, BRESNAHAN was the designated scapegoat.
Who will be the next designated scapegoat?
If I were the new GM, I'd be worried that it was me.
AL also believed that 'winner's WIN and loser's LOSE' and he hated .500 because it violated his sense of value. AL kept track by looking at a team's/ player's record. AL made sure that Campbell had a winning record as a starter. If I counted correctly, Palmer ended up 5-4. The pattern repeats.
Hue ended up 8-8. Hue's playoff record is 0-0. AL's secret strategy given to Hue was - finish at least .500 for the regular season and at least .500 in the playoffs... anybody believe that we'd have beaten Pittsburg? [I'm not saying we lost on purpose, but it's hard to argue after the fact that the way we finished the season fit AL's strategy]
AL is still in charge, de facto of course. The 2012 Raiders will look remarkably similar to AL's Raiders, with a few tweeks and a few new faces.
I predict it.