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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Jokeland Raiders


The Oakland Raiders have taken the term "dysfunctional franchise" to a whole new level in recent years. In the past six NFL Drafts, the Raiders have held a Top 10 pick and they've gone through six head coaches in the last ten years. No other team has come close to having as much lack of success as the Raiders have had.

What's worse is that the team is run by an owner in Al Davis who still thinks that we're playing in the 1960's and that he can go through as many coaches as he wants without the team ever being hurt by it. They've consistently reached and made horrible decisions in the draft and their team as a whole has absolutely no bright spot. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell is a bust, Darren McFadden can't stay healthy and Darrius Heyward-Bey still has more names (3) than he has catches (2). I haven't even mentioned that fact that head coach Tom Cable allegedly broke the jaw of one of his assistants when he punched him in the face during preseason.

What's sad in the NFL is that owners are friends of other owners and no one has the balls to tell Al Davis that he needs to step down. It's great that Davis was one of the pioneers of the game, but when you dig a hole deeper and deeper every year for your team because of your unwillingness to let someone who knows what they are doing run the team, there isn't much that anyone else can do about it; and there won't be anything else to do to help the franchise until Davis steps down.

By Shawn Zobel  |  October 12, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  | Category:  Oakland Raiders Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As someone who's reported on the NFL for a quarter-century and knows Al pretty well, I can tell you one thing: he'd never listen even if the owners told him to step down. It may be a club but a lot of NFL owners disagree on all sorts of things. And Al is the outsider _ by choice. He's sued the league numerous times over the last 25 years and won a lot of them.

Listening? He doesn't listen to the one person in his front office who could talk sense to him: Amy Trask, the CEO, and the most rational person in the organization.

Posted by: davegoldberg84 | October 12, 2009 1:18 PM

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