With new management coming in, the Raiders have decided to part ways with Head Coach Hue Jackson after just one season.
To me this makes absolutely zero sense. Jackson had looked to have the franchise headed in the right direction until a couple of key injuries really hurt their playoff chances. After showing he was one of the top running backs in the NFL through the first half of the season Darren McFadden went down with an injury that plagued him for the remainder of the season, as well as starting quarterback Jason Campbell going down with a broken collarbone. Jackson was forced to take what he was given.
How many first round busts can a team draft before they realize it isn’t the coaches’ fault? For a team that seems to always pick in the top 10 they don’t exactly have the best recent draft history. Since 2005 here are their top draft picks in order: Fabian Washington (2005) Michael Huff (2006) Jamarcus Russell (2007) Darren McFadden (2008) Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009) Rolando McClain (2010). So throughout their past six draft picks they end up with one franchise player, a few average players, the biggest bust in NFL history (Russell) and a guy that believes its okay to run others over with his cars (McClain).
To add to their terrible draft picks, they seem to always make absolutely terrible trades. Randy Moss for a 4th rounds picks? Giving a team two first round picks for a 32-year-old Carson Palmer? I guess the only defense they have for making the Palmer trade could be… Well we don’t really draft that great anyways right?
Every time the Raiders make a coaching change, (which I swear happens like every year or so) I think to myself; how can they not see that the coach isn’t the issue? The real issue is the front office and their absolutely unintelligent moves. Hopefully for the sake of those insane Raiders fans new management will also mean new results.
I agree totally that its on the owners and not the coaches, but you can’t write off the Raiders last few first round picks. I assume McFadden is the franchise player you mentioned, but Rolando McClain has proved to be much more than an average player after the impact he has made on that defense in two quick years out of Alabama. I think he is going to be the leader of that defense for years to come.
One pick I would like to look into is Darius Heyward-Bey, a good college receiver, but by no means a stud college player. This shows perfectly how ridiculous Raiders management has been. Although he has shown flashes of greatness and is finally starting pulling some weight towards the end of this year (averaged 6.5 rec for 108 yards in last 4 games), there is NO REASON he should have been drafted 7th overall. There is no way he should have been drafted before talents like Crabtree, Maclin, Percy Harvin, Kenny Britt, or Hakeem Nicks (all WR drafted in the first round after DHB).