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Well, I guess the last blog of the season falls on me.

It started off great.  The stadium was electric as fans and players felt hope for the playoffs.  Rivers threw a pick and I felt like we were off to the races.



Palmer was playing well at the start.  Louis Murphy and DHB were making some great plays.



But then our defense started to let us down as they have so many times this season.  And it wasn't due to being tired from being on the field so long.  It was just a lack of fire.  And the Chargers knew it.  They picked on Lito Sheppard all day.



Tough pill to swallow when KC does their job taking down the Broncos and the Raiders just didn't win baby.  But the loss signifies the ups and downs of the team this year.  Opportunities to take control were left on the table many times and to have our season come to a resounding end the way it did... well, it sucked.

So now what?  I read an article that talked about the potential candidates for GM. Reggie McKenzie and Elliot Wolf from the Packers are under consideration, as well as Les Snead from the Falcons and Eric DeCosta from the Ravens.  However, one key notation is that Hue Jackson's contract allows him to report directly to Mark Davis - so there is concern that the new GM will not have as much power as they would like.  

Wouldn't it be ironic if the passing of Davis, which many believed would open the flood gates for new personnel prospects in the front office, ends up being replaced by the power in the hands of Hue Jackson?  Will he be willing to restructure his contract to derail those fears or will he hang onto his upper hand?



I hope a restructure is in order.  For the sake of the Raiders and Raider Nation.

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January 4, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Hue needs to focus on being a coach and let someone else call the personnel shots.

Give him an incentive to be more involved in the GM role - like reduce the penalties by 33% and then we can talk. How can he be expected to police the overall team when no one on the field listens to him?

January 4, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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I don't think Hue can handle the power. Just a hunch. I'm not of the opinion any head coach should also be so involved personnel decisions.And for GODSAKES. BRESNAHAN MUST GO!!!!

Did you see his presser(s)? He really believes he will be involved in the GM search and stated he would be more involved with every aspect of the team. Makes me nervous.

And yes, Bresnahan needs to be kicked to the curb.

January 4, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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Hue needs to focus on being a coach and let someone else call the personnel shots. Give him an incentive to be more involved in the GM role - like reduce the penalties by 33% and then we can talk. How can he be expected to police the overall team when no one on the field listens to him?

Seriously. The penalties have got to stop. Seeing the various Raider teams both Oakland and LA listed so many times in the top 10 worst penalized seasons (only other teams were KC and the Houston Oilers) was embarrassing.

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January 4, 2012  12:32 PM ET

Reggie McKenzie is interviewing today according to Michael Lombardi at NFL.com. Speculation is that if he accepts, he'll bring along Elliot Wolf as director of player personnel.

Good lord, I didn't think I'd feel so nerve wracked about all of this. I really hope things turn out well.

 
January 5, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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We had a lot of youngsters on the defensive side of the ball. I think they will be better next year with the experience gained playing.*Crosses fingers*

WTF.....not your comment but what is with that avatar???? you lose a bet?

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