Raiders owner Mark Davis tells coach Dennis Allen 'it's not good enough'
Fifty-eight weeks ago, the Raiders were 4-2. But starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6, and the injury threatened to ruin Oakland's fast start. It has been pretty much downhill since.
Fifty-eight weeks ago, the Raiders were 4-2. But starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6 of the 2011 season and the injury threatened to ruin Oakland's fast start. In retrospect, you could say then-coach Hue Jackson panicked when he sent first- and second-round picks to Cincinnati for temporarily retired quarterback Carson Palmer (whether or not he made the decision himself). Palmer has been adequate in Oakland but certainly not worth what it cost to get him.
More than a year later, the Raiders -- with a new general manager and new coach -- are the same hapless bunch they've been virtually every season since they lost to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl in February 2003. Owner Al Davis is gone, but his son, Mark, doesn't sound like he's willing to sit idly by as the team wallows in awfulness. Davis has been patient, but the Raiders are 3-8 and, well, enough's enough.
The Bay Area News Group's Monte Poole writes about the "first conversation of note" between Davis and coach Dennis Allen during last Sunday's flight back to Oakland following a 34-10 loss at Cincinnati.
"He just wanted [Allen] to know, from the owner, that we have to get better,'' GM Reggie McKenzie said via Poole.
"I wouldn't say it was heated; the most heated I got was when we first got on the plane and I told him it's not good enough,'' Davis added. "And that's what I said. I told him not long after we boarded: 'It's not good enough.' I admit I was pissed off."
"He's frustrated,'' Allen admitted. "He wants to win; we all do. He's frustrated, and he expresses his frustration. So he and I had a long sit-down on the plane and talked about it.''
All perfectly reasonable given the Raiders were supposed improve on last season's 8-8 mark. Palmer would have the offseason and training camp to prepare, and McKenzie and Allen were supposed to change the culture of losing.
"Last year at this time, we were 7-4 and [ahead] in the division,'' Davis said. "Then we lost four out of our last five. And that's why I didn't fight for Hue Jackson to keep his job. Well, we have five games to go. Who on this team wants me to fight for them to keep their job? Who among the players and coaches really wants to be here? Who wants me to fight to keep them here?''
We get the feeling that Davis will have more questions than answers over the final five weeks.
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