The football coach, whose preciosity is equally lauded and reviled, will see every mistake committed on the field. The sole exception is Art Shell who couldn’t possibly note in his mind each mistake and must dread film review during the week.
The Oakland Raiders are among the worst teams in NFL history. Looking at their roster leaves one with the sneaking suspicion a CFL team snuck into the Raiders compound and replaced the NFL players. It’s bad and shows no signs of improvement.
In many parts of Africa and in Europe’s past, an ineffectual leader faced a firing squad. This action wasn’t effective but it served as a warning to those who sought power: either perform or face men with guns/arrows.
By no means am I advocating this brutish behavior, but at times you wonder if Raider nation, — known for their literacy — ever contemplated such an act. Sadly, it’s not the fault of one person for the startling lack of success of the Raiders.
The organization as a whole is antiquated. Decision making is questionable and accountability is absent. From managing the team’s finances to player development the Raiders trail Delta House, Arthur Andersen, and Airbus in management skills.
Fire Art Shell if you must, if the act will give you a moment’s pleasure, but know in your mind the real issues will haunt any coach who slides into his place. The entire organization is in need of an overhaul, starting at the top and working all the way down to the parking guys. Pride is missing and without it any organization is dead.