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.