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Oakland Will Spend Money, Just Not All at Once

It's the last thing Raiders fans want to hear, but you must be patient

By
Andrew Brandt
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These are salad days for NFL owners. Forbes values 23 of the 32 franchises at over $1 billion, record-level television contracts are kicking in, and there are seven years remaining on a favorable CBA. With young players being squeezed (drafted players must sign four-year contracts at fixed rates) and older veterans being purged (just look at this week’s waiver wire), those now carrying the banner for improved plater economics are the “sweet spot” free agents emerging from rookie contracts who are between the optimal ages of 25 to 27. Two days into free agency, the team to watch is the Raiders, who are flush with salary cap room like no other in 2014.

Under the leadership of the late Al Davis, the Raiders were reluctant to pay market price for coaches, executives and front office staff. But they were always willing to pay—and overpay—players. In the agent community, the best call one could receive was from Davis. He loved players: picking them, counseling them and paying them.

In Davis’ later years, many of those contracts had consequences when the players didn’t perform well. When new general manager Reggie McKenzie entered the picture two years ago, he turned the page on dozens of contracts with years remaining, leaving about $56 million in “dead money” in their wake. While other teams operated on a $123 million cap in 2013, the Raiders were left to compete with 60% of that number, roughly $75 million in negotiable dollars for their active players.

That was then; this is now.

Having atoned for previous contractual sins, the Raiders are now playing at an advantage compared to the rest of the league. They entered the 2014 league calendar with close to $60 million in cap room. And with their minimal spending last year and team minimum spending accounting ahead for 2013-2016, all eyes are on the Raiders’ checkbook.

In its new financial era, Oakland allowed Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston and Rashad Jennings to leave while acquiring tackles Rodger Saffold ($42.5 million, $21 million guaranteed) and Austin Howard ($30 million, $15 million guaranteed). With their ample cap room, the Raiders likely structured those deals with disproportionate cap containment this year, allowing them to exit the contracts later, if need be, with little pain.

Reggie McKenzie was named the Raiders’ GM two years ago. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Reggie McKenzie was named the Raiders’ GM two years ago. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Raider Nation, judging from Twitter and media reaction, was not impressed. After a two year grace period, fans are restless. In their minds, it’s time for a referendum on McKenzie. And then came word of a failed physical for Saffold, compounding the frustration. Evidently, the Raiders’ medical staff had serious enough concern to not sign off on Reggie’s strong interest in Saffold, while the Rams are willing to take him back despite any medical issues. While I am not qualified to evaluate Saffold and Howard compared to Veldheer or anyone else, I can comment on the man who made those decisions.

I worked closely with McKenzie for nine years in the Packers’ front office. When negotiating contracts, I would often rely on him for unfiltered views on players that both the agent and I were using as comparables. He had vast knowledge of players from every team and made it very clear whom he liked and whom he didn’t.

Reggie had his terms of endearment for players. He valued brute strength in linemen, both offensive and defensive, and would slow the film down to watch plays that showed one lineman physically overmatching another. In his Tennessee drawl he’d say, “Look at this big joker…BAM!” When Reggie referred to a player as “country strong,” I knew that was a high compliment. He felt that way about several of the offensive linemen we had in Green Bay, especially Chad Clifton, and I’m certain he feels that way about Saffold (his medical issue notwithstanding) and Howard.

And the slow teardown that the Raiders just endured fits Reggie well. If Reggie is anything, he is deliberate. He walks slowly, he talks slowly, he eats slowly and he will build slowly. Saffold and Howard were supposed to be the first expenditures of the $60 million in cap room, and there will be more, with reports of veterans Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Terrell Thomas set to visit. Cap room doesn’t have to be exhausted in March; it can be spent through December.

Reggie mirrors some elements of the two general managers we had in Green Bay. He has the courage of his convictions about players that Ron Wolf had, including blunt assessments of their talent. But Reggie also has the patience of Ted Thompson; he adheres to the draft-and-develop model of team-building. The latter means trusting scouts to constantly fill a pipeline of young talent, empowering coaches to play and develop young players, and identifying core players to secure contractually for the future.

I know the last thing Raider Nation wants to hear is a plea for more patience, especially after the Saffold twist, but a new era of cap prosperity has just begun. I admit to bias, but Reggie is consumed with finding the right players for his team, no matter how long it takes or where he finds them. Saffold and Howard, however uninspiring, were just the start of the book on 2014. Let’s see how the chapters play out.

10 Thoughts on the First Day of Free Agency

1. Although the reported numbers of all these free-agent contracts are splashy, they’re not what they appear to be. Pay no attention to total value; these contracts are essentially two-year deals (that’s the guaranteed portion of the contract) with nonguaranteed salaries in later years at the team’s discretion. In rare cases, portions of the guarantee will extend into the third year. The numbers in the media come from agents, who have every incentive to use the bigger number.

2. One unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequence of the three-day soft opening to free agency—when teams are not supposed to, ahem, formalize a contract—is that some pending free agents returned to their incumbent teams. There may be no greater leverage point for a player than the days prior to entering an open market. The Packers and Seahawks evidently trusted Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Sam Shields and Michael Bennett, and the Vikings trusted David Dunn, who represents Everson Griffin, for an accurate assessment of the market. Those teams responded rather than letting the players look behind Door No. 2.

3. Shields’ contract resonates because it sets a template along with another eye-popping contract: Vontae Davis re-signing with the Colts. While Shields will earn $15 million this year, Davis will receive $20 million in guarantees. With only four-year deals, both should have another bite of the free agency apple before hitting the wrong side of age 30. This is the goal of player contracts: provide financial security yet leave another opportunity to maximize income.

4. The Broncos’ signing of Aqib Talib for a startling $26 million guaranteed evokes memories of their signing of Wes Welker a year ago. The Patriots had a price for both players and were unwilling to go above it to retain them. In both cases, the Broncos jumped their market. Aside from wanting their talent, my sense is Talib and Welker were even more desirable to Denver because they played for the Patriots.

5. One of the most active teams on the first day, the Buccaneers, owe a debt of gratitude to former general manager Mark Dominik for his cap management. He structured many of the team’s big deals in recent years—Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Darrelle Revis—without using prorated signing bonuses, leaving a “clean cap” for the future. That structure now gives the Bucs the ability to part ways with Revis with no cash or cap obligations, clearing the deck for the new acquisitions.

6. It’s déjà vu with two of the most active teams in free agency. Both the Dolphins and Browns took big swings in free agency last year, and they were back at it on Tuesday, with the Dolphins investing heavily in Branden Albert and the Browns in veterans Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby. The Dolphins have awarded two of the top guaranteed amounts in free agency over the last two years: $30 million to Mike Wallace and $25 million to Albert. As for the Browns, owner Jimmy Haslam is certainly not afraid to spend—including tens of millions on fired coaches and executives—to try to get things right in Cleveland.

7. The Falcons’ release of Tony Gonzalez is curious. When a player announces his retirement, it is usually a mutual parting: the player files his paperwork and the team places him on the reserve/retired list, carrying no cap or cash obligations. In this case, it appears that Gonzalez didn’t do his part, forcing the Falcons to actually release him prior to a scheduled roster bonus rather than retaining his rights. Perhaps the explanation is as simple as Gonzalez wanting to be free to sign a one-day contract with the Chiefs—and then be placed on their reserve/retired list—but something seems amiss here, perhaps suggesting that the Falcons-Gonzalez marriage did not end well.

8. The Saints’ signing of Jairus Byrd is puzzling for a team that is quite cap-strapped. Byrd’s contract has to be structured similarly to Drew Brees’ deal: heavy in (prorated) signing bonus with a very low first-year salary. Of course, cap-friendly now means cap-unfriendly later. Brees’ cap number this year is $8 million higher than it was two years ago. I sense Byrd’s Cap progression will be the same

9. Speaking of cap-strapped teams, the Cowboys’ and Steelers’ releases of DeMarcus Ware and LaMarr Woodley, respectively, are the “pay the piper” moments that fans ask about. Neither the mortgaging of Tony Romo’s contract nor the $10 million per-team cap increase this year helped Ware with the Cowboys, who seemed to lack a plan for his future. As for Woodley, he helped the Steelers with short-term cap room in recent years by mortgaging his contract, pushing cap charges down the line. His release accelerates a startling “dead money” charge of $14 million. Although it will be spread between this year and next as a post-June 1 release, Woodley will be one of the highest charges on the Steelers’ cap ledger both this year and next while he continues his career elsewhere. As readers know, I have been critical of the Steelers’ cap deferrals; no team has mortgaged more contracts since 2011. That strategy is now coming home to roost.

10. The Dolphins are trying scrub away the ugly locker room episodes that were detailed in the Wells Report. The head trainer and offensive line coach were fired; Richie Incognito will not be back; and Jonathan Martin was traded to San Francisco on Tuesday. Martin will come cheap: the Dolphins paid his bonus of $1.92 million as a rookie; the 49ers inherit two years of non-guaranteed salaries as Martin gets a much-needed change of scenery.

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KadenL19
KadenL19

I think the Raider's mess goes much deeper than the GM.  The franchise is pretty much a joke at this point, and for a team that was such a great history, it's obvious why fans are upset.  They let two of their best players go in Veldheer and Houston, but kept McFadden and let Jennings walk.

Even with Tuck and Woodley on the team, they hardly have any talent, and those two guys are both aged.  They're lacking at practically every skill position, and even with a draft as deep as this one, there's too many holes that need to be filled on that roster to have unexperienced guys trying to save the team - it's just not gonna happen.  At least Tuck and Woodley have experience on successful teams, so they're well aware of what it takes to be good, and their leadership should hopefully steer the players in the right direction for the future.

67raiders
67raiders

I am (was) on-board with patience, waiting for THIS very FA period. $60M to spend. I agree, no big ticket items, but prefer solid, young players with upside. I'll take 8-10 solid FAs versus 3-4 big names. BUT we just lost the two guys that seem to fit that mold perfectly. WHY??? I cannot fathom losing our top two young studs when we have $ and they were not signed to blown up deals. Both Houston and Valdeheer deals were very reasonable. Especially when Reggie was willing to spend as much 2 year cap hit on Saffold, if not more. Did they not fit the plan for some reason? Were they demanding a huge premium to stay here? Give us some LOGIC, please, so we can grasp the genius of it all. While we may not be GMs or MMQB writers, we have some football sense!!!


Willmac7496
Willmac7496

The best thing about the picture at the beginning of the story is the Raider fan giving the middle finger.   SI missed it.  Classic

VIPOD
VIPOD

Two year contracts on veterans is fine by me provided those vets are supplemented by rookies in the same positions! Free agency is not a science, but the draft is!  The book is still out on Hayden & Watson, while Sio Moore can only get better next to the vets. The 2014 Draft is fast approaching and RM needs to hit a home run on the first 3 picks!


Believe Davis predicated is choice on RM based on his abilities as a talent evaluator...the stage is yours Big Red!

Indyhb
Indyhb

Okay - let's assume Reggie McKenzie is under appreciated when it comes to evaluating talent... My question - where are the players? Yes, the team was over the cap when he came aboard (so were other teams). Yes, Al Davis was in permanent "win now" mode trying to get to one last Super Bowl before going to the big gridiron in the sky. Got it. Yes - the team didn't have many draft picks... but they did have SOME. And they did have SOME money to spend (after all - Reggie wasted $6 mil on a QB who started - and bombed - in only one game last year). So - again... where are the players? We're two years and the start of the third into this Reggime - WHO has he brought aboard that looks like they could be a player on the future winning team Reggie is (allegedly) assembling? How come this under appreciated genius hasn't managed to sign even ONE promising piece to the puzzle? That's why this Raider fan has seen enough. I'm actually hoping we DON'T waste all our money or pick a "franchise" Qb in the upcoming draft because quite frankly, Reggie hasn't shown any promise at all when it comes to evaluating talent. I'd rather we keep our powder dry for the next regime which is sure to be installed sometime between... oh... game 4 or 5 maybe(?) and this time next year.

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

The raiders coach is the problem. There were several games last year for which the team as not prepared. Nick Floes throws 7 TD passes? Was that on Reggie?

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

Letting Veldheer and Houston and Jennings walk showed he is a stupid GM. Patience is fine Stupid is NOT fine.

Bucky182
Bucky182

So basically McKenzie is going to be overspending on second- and third-tier guys that don't deserve the money they'll be getting. Interesting strategy.

retro-grouch
retro-grouch

     Here's the rub:  McKenzie has to spend the $60 million dollars because NFL rules now require spending almost all of the cap.  He has a huge pile of cash and no core of drafted players.  He will now be forced to load up on third tier free agents.  The cream has already been skimmed once off the free agent class by the tag and restriction system.  Then the cream was skimmed again when teams target players in the feeding frenzy on day one.

    There is a simple strategy for this circumstance: leverage your bankroll to get young free agents at your positions of greatest need.  Oh, wait…they're all gone now.  Better luck next year (with your new GM).

Ciscos
Ciscos

Justin Tuck just signed with the Raiders. Hmmm. Ok.

Jason1988
Jason1988

The Steelers' release of Woodley had more to do with his decline in performance than their cap situation. Worilds was decidedly the OLB of the future, and they went with it. The Steelers have been one of the best teams in the NFL at managing cap space. That's why Omar Kahn is on every team's shortlist to interview for GM openings. Maybe Mr. Brandt doesn't know what he is talking about, which explains why he is writing for MMQB and not negotiating contracts anymore. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

For all that blather about McKenzie and the level of patience Raider fans need is, in a word, amusing.  


It makes no difference if McKenzie is as strong in his convictions over players as Moses or Raider Nation has the patience of Jobe... The only thing that matters is the patience of Mark Davis.  If reports on his statements, such as "we're out of excuses," etc, are accurate representations of him, then he has little of it left.  Certainly that's one trait he inherited from his father.


Whether or not Mark Davis is a "football" guy is irrelevant.  He can certainly count the number of wins versus losses and balance that against the number of empty seats he sees at Raider home games. More, he's showing he's going to be his own opinion on what being an owner is about.  If that proves good or bad, only time will tell.  However, the one thing Davis has done is he's served notice on any and everyone in that organization that he will fire whomever, whenever - and that includes Reggie.


ColeBuzdon
ColeBuzdon

dont tell the raider nation to be patient... not anymore. The Raiders need to lock up some veterans that can help us win, and win now. The culture needs to change, we have been 4-12 2x's after firing a coach that was 8-8! 

MartyC909
MartyC909

I was worried about overspending in the first day. Aside from the Safforld mistake, not bad so far. Got some good vets coming through. I think that the Raiders are patient and they should be. Don't spend too much at once. 

BrianGochezzi
BrianGochezzi

this is stupid. Mark Davis is telling Reggie what to do. Mark knows that this maybe the last season in Oakland so why bring in big name players? Thats why he kept dennis allen. if they had a new stadium built by now dennis allen wouldnt be the coach they wouldve gone all in on top FA'S.. MARK IS BURYING THE OAKLAND RAIDER BRAND to make it easier to leave town and head back to LA. this is the only logical reason why the Raiders are doing what they are doing..

Geo13dude
Geo13dude

Ummm, Andrew???

How ya feelin' about Reggie's "vast knowledge of players" after the Saffold debacle???

Dude CLEARLY didn't do his homework on this guy, but felt free to offer him 20+million GUARANTEED dollars!!!

I know Reggie's your boy, and all that, but you may want to do a rewrite on this one!

JasonLeman
JasonLeman

Liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!  


We heard last year, (again), be patient, things will get better we have all of this money to spend free agents, and what do we have to show for it??????????  Did we get the big name defensive end?  safety?  qb?  The Broncos just loaded up on 3 of the biggest names in the market, and we got 2 broken down imports, and were dumb enough to resign darren mcquitter????????????


I said it last year, and will say it again, Dennis Allen and McKenzie need to go!  they are destroying this organization

DavidHunter1
DavidHunter1

The Steelers usually know what they're doing as much as any team, but the cap management has been not stellar. More curious is the nearly $10 million they gave to Worilds, who in 4 seasons has had one half season of any success. It was last year when he actually initially lost his job to the rookie Jones. They also seemed to give an awful lot to Mike Mitchell. It smacks of..well...desperation.

DwainSmith
DwainSmith

I've been a die hard Raiders fan for a long time. All I hear is be patient. All the while its been over 10 yrs since we've been to the playoffs. I watch every game with faith and undying loyalty, then almost every Monday I have to listen to friends and coworkers talk smack about my beloved Raiders. The entire time all I hear from the front office is be patient, we're rebuilding. Well...... We've been rebuilding for 10 yrs now. Talk is cheap, and we finally have enough money not to be cheap. I've been watching this free agent frenzy for two days and seeing great players move all over the country, and we're lettings players go. Well as far as I'm concerned its either time to sh*t or get off the pot. Enough is enough. I want some smash mouth Raiders football, and I'm tired of waiting. ..!

atticusfinch00
atticusfinch00

Slow and steady wins the race. Just look at how the nation reacted last yea when Phillip Wheeler took the huge payday in MIA and we didn't break the bank to keep him.


Now look at Phillip Wheeler.


Exactly.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@ColeBuzdon BOOM!  That is sooooooo painfully true... clock is ticking on Dennis Allen and it looks like it's down to minutes and seconds. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@MartyC909 Saffold technically wasn't a bad move. I'm sure they had no knowledge on the severity of whatever shoulder problem he may have.  Certainly it was enough that Davis said no.  If a non football guy believes it's objectionable, then chances are, it probably is.

JoshCorrington
JoshCorrington

@BrianGochezzi  They aren't going back to LA, they will never go back to LA, LA is not even a feasible option for various reasons.. They won't be moving to Portland or OKC. Mark Davis thinks he has the leverage but has yet to understand that it's not totally up to him where the team goes. he will likely extend again, or he will move to Santa Clara and share with the 49ers.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@BrianGochezzi You really think that's his plan?  Moving the Raiders back to LA (Farmers Field) would require him relinquishing a part of the team.  A lot smaller part than AEG originally was asking for, but a percentage just the same.  But that's all for naught because the assumption you made provides that Los Angeles wants the Raiders back.  I'm not talking about the last remaining fans, I'm talking about the City of Los Angeles.  Trust me, the COLA wants a team back in LA and so does AEG, but the Raiders are nowhere close to the top of the list.  The number of issues and the element the Raiders attracted to the Coli isn't exactly what AEG and COLA want at Farmers Field.

Then you have the other proposed venue somewhere outside of LA proper. They may be more willing but that venture is so far down the road, just to complete their environmental study, build the infrastructure just to build the stadium is going to take years.  Downtown LA is ready to go - just not for the Raiders.

If the Raiders were to move, you'd hear a slight cheer, but you'd hear more groans. A lot of people remember Raider games at the Coli and it wasn't pretty. Not on the field and not in the stands. 

The Raiders home is in Oakland.  Always has been and always will and this is coming from an Angeleno.

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

@Geo13dude I'm more worried about ownership getting involved . He played for the Rams most of last season with that same shoulder problem and they obviously liked what they saw . I would like to know if any FA will want to visit now and what will all that FA money be spent on . What FA with options would want to visit after this ?

PackMan82
PackMan82

@Geo13dude  "Vast knowledge of players" doesn't extend to knowing a guy's medical history, ya know... How could McKenzie know that?


The burst of free agency is nearly always done without medicals, which follow afterwards but before the agreed contract is signed.

FredFunStuff
FredFunStuff

Clearly you don't understand the mess they inherited in Oakland. Al ran their cap into the ground so badly that they have had to deal with a terrible roster that cost full price. Last year they did the right thing and gutted it, but the price was a noncompetitive team. Now they have all this cap space but are a little nervous to shell out 5 or 6 year contracts and burton themselves again. Bringing in established vets like Tuck or Woodley on 2-3 yr contracts will allow them to use these guys as a bridge to hopefully paying the players that they draft now. Letting Valdheer and Houston go is puzzling, but better than overpaying and establishing a bad precedent.

Overall, Dennis Allen deserves a medal for winning 4 games with that roster last year, so let's give him a chance with a roster that actually has the same talent level as their opponents.

ColeBuzdon
ColeBuzdon

@DwainSmith  If we are a couple of lineman away, why are we letting Veldheer go for less than Saffold, who is now not on the team either. And why are we drafting, heart condition DB's in the first round? Im patient, and loyal, but all these moves are baffling. I love what he did last year to put us in the great spot with the $, but to lose out, not sign any big names, is puzzling. Im frustrated Ill admit, but im not behind these moves. And I wont be behind drafting Bridgewater which is what Im sure we'll do, because that is exactly the type of "project" we draft. 

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

@DwainSmith  Its his drafting that puzzles me . I get patience and spending smart but the draft picks and the Flynn debacle leave me wondering how well he can evaluate . Go Raiders ! 

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

@DwainSmith I feel your pain, I'm Silver & Black to the bone.  However, it doesn't make any sense to me for the team to sign any high-priced FA's right now because they're not a player or two away from the playoffs.  They're a group of lineman or two (and a QB) away. 


I think Reggie will get it done.  It will be slow, and it will be painful, but when it is done the team will be in a position to be good for an extended period of time.  As long as they continue to draft well and finally find a QB, that is.

MadDoser
MadDoser

@atticusfinch00  He is "slow and steady" because his body is broken down from playing football.  Im sure his brain is also pretty jacked up but HEY thats all good after all its the raiders!

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

@Ciscos @ColeBuzdon How is Dennis Allen supposed to win with Reggie screwing the pooch on players? Can't be done. We need to get players, not let our best walk!

el80ne
el80ne

@Ciscos @MartyC909How can you call signing Saffold to what would have been the 2nd highest paid contract for a guard 'not a bad move' when the guy has 1) logged 4 games at guard in his career 2) started barely more than half the season's games over the last 3 years?


Offering him more money than Veldheer signed with the Cardinals for was insane.

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

@Ciscos @BrianGochezzi They won the Superbowl there, how is that not good on the field? I like the Raiders in Oakland too, but come on man, get your facts straight!

Geo13dude
Geo13dude

@yummypeaches @Geo13dudeHey YP!  Great point on "FA's with options".  

Looks like Tuck and Woodley are getting out of town, and may not come back. 

I'm sure phrases like "mind-boggling", and "mystifying" being thrown around by NFL analysts (ESPN, NFL Network, etc) regarding recent Raider moves certainly don't help make potential FA signees feel warm and fuzzy about Oakland.

Hold on!  We may be sinking deeper into "laughing stock" territory!

Geo13dude
Geo13dude

@PackMan82 @Geo13dudeGood points, PackMan (with that handle, I understand the McKenzie love :)), but, like I said--it's all about "doing your homework". 

As to your question about "how could McKenzie know that?", however, l did a quick Google search on my phone and came up with Saffold's FULL career stats--INCLUDING injury reports.  I don't have a staff, scouts, league sources/connections, or ANY of the stuff that McKenzie supposedly has, yet I saw enough to raise my hackles. 

There was PLENTY of information out there regarding Saffold's fitness--or lack thereof--yet Reggie was all too eager to dump a truckload of guaranteed dollars at this guy's front door (MORE guaranteed $$$, BTW, than Eugene Monroe signed for) without regard for any of the facts.


Add this to the Matt Flynn fiasco (yet MORE wasted--and guaranteed--millions), last years' "Red Cross" draft class of already-injured players (DJ and Menelik),  the recent bungling of the Lamarr Houston Free Agency (I could go on), and Reggie's not exactly painting a pretty picture here.


As to your statement: "The burst of free agency is nearly always done without medicals, which follow afterwards but before the agreed contract is signed"--I guess MY question is: Why does this NEVER seem to happen with OTHER teams???  Even the BROWNS are doing better than this!  Maybe because someone is actually doing research??? (Just sayin').

Looks like Mark Davis is starting to get concerned as well, given his latest actions to put the kibosh on this deal!  I guess he's tired of delivering checks to the infirmary.


R-Mac is a former Raider--so I AM rooting for him, despite all of my rhetoric.  I have to admit, however, this guy is REALLY scaring me! 


BY
BY

@FredFunStuff  I am ambivalent about the Raiders and I totally agree with FredFunStuff. Dennis Allen is doing a hell of a job with a roster of mostly sh*tty players.

JasonLeman
JasonLeman

@FredFunStuff  I watched all of the games last year, and yes I heard the salary cap and dead money excuses, but I also saw horrible coaching, clock management, and the inability to make defensive adjustments, (lets see the thanksgiving day choke job vs the cowboys when we were leading and played prevent defense from halftime, the inability to coach against the screen pass in the Titans game we had a chance to win, and basically the surrender at the end of the year to the chargers when we had a chance to win against a division rival, squandered by the refusal to take a time out they had)


And as mentioned here before, last year we had another top 10 pick and we got a guy who Reggie KNEW had a major surgery before the draft, (not after), and he took this guy with the first pick, and after getting burned like a torch against the Eagles, he got butt hurt and went on IR?


So tell me again why at least Dennis Allen should have kept his job?

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