Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) and defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) react on the field in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Suffer Through Another Long Year

Reflecting and reviewing the Raiders’ season this year it was a season to remember. Kinda like the bad date you had in high school, you wanted to go out, and you wanted everything to go well but everything was awkward, clumsy, and forgettable. That pretty much sums up the Raiders campaign of 2012.

A change of management, and coaching staff-has not brought the desired results into a team, community, and fan base they have been waiting for. Players have been traded, dismissed or cut for the improvement of the team or the reduction of the salary cap.

Raider Nation has all the excuses in the galaxy to explain our current malfunction. Injuries, poor trades, bad draft picks, Venus and Mars did not line up correctly. The Aztec calendar was wrong. There are several more —please feel free to add in the comment section.

With all the changes, the Raiders remain the same. Desperate times demand a calculated response and reaction. Tough times make tough people, and tougher decisions. One decision that must be made is the removal of Greg Knapp. He is not a players’ coach; he is sold on one way, his way to run a program. The strengths of the offensive players may have never been considered. It was the Knapp zone scheme or nothing.

The defense looked early in the year to be ahead of the offense in scheme and technique. As the season wore on, dismal performances were more common on the defensive side of the ball. Poor tackling, bad angles, and a secondary that couldn’t cover Shamu with a blanket.

Changes have to come on the defensive side of the ball as the secondary has proven to be inadequate for the majority part of the season. Rolondo McClain is on the Raiders’ roster, but don’t expect a happy ending here. A draft bust with a bad attitude. Looks like he could be moving on.

The Chargers will be the last blast for the Raiders and for many of the players that are on the roster. Norm Turner, head coach of the Chargers, may be on his way out as well. Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor may be having tryouts during the game to see who is back next year.

The last game of the season brings hope and expectations for next year.

Just win baby!

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  • Drew

    Time to clean house. Time for them to declare that we are rebuilding. Get rid of Knapp and let Al Saunders take over the Offense. We only need a right tackle and maybe an interior brawler and we can go pack to some power running which is what DMC thrived in. Get our running game dominant again and then we can unleash Carson with our receiving core. DHB is gone at $7MM a year. Streater and DMO can handle the position with Ford in the slot and Criner as our fourth receiver.
    On defense let’s draft Tao from Notre Dame and get the linebacker we have longed for ……Seymour gone. Go with Bryant and Kelly up front and draft another pass rushing end if Carter doesn’t come back. We need Tyvon Branch to play FS and let’s move Mitchell to SS. Huff stays at cornerback or we cut him. We need help at corrner if Huff and Adam aren’t the answer.

    Let’s give Dennis and Tarver one more season to see real progress before we pull the trigger on these guys….

    • Blu Spikes

      If Tao is available that would be a great pick. Im afraid that we beat KC twice and they will beat us in the Draft for Tao. Tyvon Branch has has blown assignments especially in coverage he plays the run support very well, but may be needed to add to a trade up deal. Al Saunders or Norm Turner excellent coordinators, not head coaches.

  • chucka1122

    I could not agree more with this article. Knapp has got to go!!! When an OC has his way or nothing to move forward with the strengths of your team, it is time to move on. The D needs so much work, but with all the salary dumps that are about to happen, it should help tremendously. Get rid of DHB, Seymour, McClain, and more to dump salary. We need depth more than anything on this team. Take the high first round draft pick and trade down with someone that is wanting to move up to get a specific player. The Raiders need more than one player to turn things around. We need so much help, this will be a very telling off-season to see what direction this team is heading. I do have faith in McGenzie, but I am not sold on D. Allen as the coach. D. Allen has a lot to prove to Raider nation and they need to show much improvement next year for him to be around for the year after that.