Reggie McKenzie, face the music

Hey, Raiders fans: If you haven’t noticed … and St. Tony and Dirty/cheater/criminal Rodney Harrison remind you each and every Sunday … the Raiders are winless, 0-10. In the eyes of BSP, that’s beyond horrible. It’s a standard beyond that of the Raiders, who have had only three winning years in the last 20. In the meantime, the owner of the team, Mark Davis is openly soliciting bids from cities like San Antonio in the effort to get a new stadium.

It’s awful, terrible, horrible. But BSP is with you all the way. We are here to ask the hard questions. For instance, how do you end up here? Last we saw of the Raiders, the team had finished 8-8, tied but losing tiebreakers to the hated Denver Bronkeys. Since then, a steep descent has turned into a power collision with the ground, no chutes. Over the past 42 games, the Raiders are 8-34, with an epic 16-game losing streak over two seasons. Dennis Allen, who had no answers, was fired. Since Allen’s mercy killing, the Raiders under Tony Sparano are 0-6, proving when a team has bad players, they aren’t going to do any winning no matter who is doing the coaching. Sparano, who was supposed to coach the team’s running game, has helped the team average the lowest per game rushing stats in over 70 years.

And who is responsible for assembling this juggernaut, this team reaching for the donut for 2014? Why it’s Reggie McKenzie, the former assistant general ma. nager for the Green Bay Packers. While assembling a roster that achieved the fiscal sanity lacking under former Raiders legend Big Al Davis, it’s also a roster lacking in talent, unable to stay healthy and play together with any sense of cohesion. It’s a team that looks alternatively very young and very old at the same time.

McKenzie, owner Mark Davis selection to lead the Raiders back to glory, refuses to comment and declines requests for interviews.

WTF. If I get to hear from Tony Sparano, or the players after every game, their leader, the guy who assembled the team keeps away from the media? I’d fire this guy right now. He’s shown little leadership ability. Dumping Carson Palmer for Matt Flynn, eating Flynn’s contract and then trading for Matt Schaub? One’s an All-Pro, and the other two are backups. Drafting Khalil Mack and Derek Carr were good picks, but his other two drafts are pedestrian. His coaching selection … Dennis Allen … was clearly not ready for prime time.

Mark Davis has to pull the trigger on McKenzie, and quickly. The fact that the Raiders spent $70M on contracts and have not even one win for it shows McKenzie lacks the scouting acumen of even a fan.

I don’t say that lightly.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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