Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oakland Raiders Caught in Usual Chaos

There’s not a season without chaotic feuds. There’s not a season without the Oakland Raiders being described as the team of dysfunction, setting up another year of failures.

To remove the Commitment to Excellence sign, and rename it Commitment to Dysfunction is a good suggestion. Once again black and silver pride is victims of diversity, as the dark hole cast darken days of disarray and unnecessary distractions.

Above all, the Raiders are the epitome of a bizarre soap opera that never vanishes, instead continues to eclipse a once-respected franchise, which now is the most-polarizing franchise for its confounded draft picks, silly feuds and Al Davis, a stubborn-minded owner who dictates the playbook and designs a horrendous play.

I’ll like to see him stroll downstairs from the press box and coach from the sidelines.

Make no mistake the Raiders can expose talent. As they’re in working progress, there’s a possibility they can flourish on all levels. But there’s a slight problem that can hinder a turnaround. No seriously, the Raiders are once again caught in a mess.

As usual, troubles were expected to circulate, and create a media circus at the annual Raiders Circus. It comes to town each year publicizing more annoyance, either referring to Davis’ feud with a player or coach.

When suddenly he becomes tired of his coach, he’ll fire or force him to sign a letter of resignation. When suddenly he has enough, he’ll release players who haven’t produced base on capabilities.

When suddenly he refuses to endure his staff or players for attempting a new method that wasn’t approved, he’ll contemplate on upgrading a team, which was dynamically built. But anytime the Raiders are on verge of making progress, Davis expunges chemistry that is never successful in proving worthy.

For a once, the Raiders dysfunction that has worn off the spirited game faces, isn’t because of Davis’ stubborn-minded personality. Just so you know coach Tom Cable is causing trouble. He had the interim label removed and was hired as the next coach to manage dysfunction, taking over for a dispirited Lane Kiffin.

He was brave and poise to take on a tough assignment, a challenge most coaches rejects before the boss even offers a job. He is a coach the players and coaching staff listens to and understands. So he has accomplished a certain respect level in less than a full season with his influential messages and coaching method, more than former coach Art Shell.

Maybe this is where the annual coaching hiring ends, as the Raiders can focus on football. Not so fast, they can’t focus on keeping chemistry intact, let along establishing an assuring season.

Not after what allegedly transpired in training camp, and if disputes inflame further issues other than verbal assault and physical assault involving the coaching staff, it can damage morale.

Nothing new as the Raiders have being missing esprit since punching a ticket to the Super Bowl in 2002, where they were downplayed and collapsed to Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Maybe Davis should’ve been smart and retained Gruden. If so, the Raiders wouldn’t have had to worry about changing from coach to coach, finding a suitable person to accommodate the sully owner. Coaches aren’t willing to guide a team with powerful demands by the owner, and Davis is difficult to agree with on philosophies.

There’s one person willing to encounter a fragile relationship and conflicts anytime Davis’ mood shifts to a downside. According to history, he’ll become burned out of Cable, meaning he’ll prepare another letter and read the statement just as he did when he sorely failed to handle Kiffin’s dismissal with dignity.

According to AOL Fanhouse, the Raiders are doomed with any coach. They might be curse? No just in disarray, maybe for awful communication, maybe for egotistic advantages or maybe Cable was just enraged and snapped, and quickly reacted.

You never know what happens with the Raiders, a befuddled team that’s hard to understand. There might never be any truth to this story. And instead of talking about and preparing for the regular season they’re raving and preparing for a UFC fight and not a 16-game regular season.

The rest of the world clearly knows the Raiders are as disoriented as the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets. The rest of the world clearly knows they are laughable and improvises needless drama.

To add to all the fuss, Cable allegedly punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw, causing injuries that required treatment at Queen of the Valley Hospital and he was described by Napa Police Department as an unidentified 41-year old assistant coach. Hanson sustained a fractured jaw said Napa Police Department.

Here’s where this story gets tricky. Cable told ESPN’s Mark Schlereth no punches were exchanged. If so, the Raiders have a bad history in trading punches. In 2003, physical linebacker Bill Romanowski struck teammate Marcus Williams in practice, breaking his jaw.

Just when it seem they’ve gotten over a dismal five seasons of headaches and displeasure, the Raiders are facing more distraught junctures that have lasted eternally, longer than Brett Favre has requested to comeback.

By now a championship-starved town, where most people wear black and silver are absolute diehards and wear their game faces on Sundays. And if fans are ready to showboat their game faces, at least most of us thought the time would be now. Although they aren’t nearly close to showcasing and dominating the playoffs, the Raiders have a legitimate chance at amassing more wins.

A weak AFC West is rated as the inferior division, entering this season. I can’t yet give the Kansas Chiefs a slight advantage, as Scott Pioli, the Chiefs mastermind, has an average team, thus far, in their rebuilding project.

But without prolific tight end Tony Gonzalez, Matt Cassel, the newly acquired quarterback from New England will need productivity from his other receiver cores to have another breakout and dazzling year.

It’s difficult to tell where the Denver Broncos stand, after trading rising quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. Newly head coach Josh McDaniels disputes with Cutler forced a distasteful divorce as they are retooling. But wait, there’s one team with an advantage.

Much of the disappointment has transpired against the San Diego Chargers. Since ’03, the Raiders have failed to secure a win. If only there weren’t any distractions clouding the dark hole, maybe they’ll have a greater chance at insuring a substantial win.

With a strong rush attack the Raiders could be dangerous, and their running game is an instrumental piece to benefit. Suddenly, JaMarcus Russell has stepped up the intensity level, completing passes efficiently with his powerful arm and is merely comfortable and confident.

Still, he has potential to be one of the deepest ball throwers in the league. Surrounded by a forceful rushing game, will take pressure off and create more time to design a play. Their backfield is very explosive with the likes of Darren McFadden, a running back who’s very agile and will create in the “Wildcat” offense that is a creative option.

All this talent is wasteful, if the Raiders refuse to relinquish dysfunctional practices that are very irritating. As to Raiders fans, they’re the greatest fans in football, just because they believe. But they just continue to take the long-suffering abuse.

It’s bad to refer to this much talent as a joke, and not a dynamic contender. It’s bad to team that’s content with their coach, but now have seen another side. If it’s true, you might have second thoughts on Cable. Then again, he may be a perfect coach to motivate the Raiders, something that was missing.

But now, the Raiders are acting like buffoons again.

Even former player, admittedly rip the organization as soon as he departed to another team. Retired Warren Sapp referred to the Raiders as “dark as a black hole” These days, they’re blacker than a dark hole.

Sorry, they’re a dysfunctional joke.