The late news from last night has proved that the Al Davis era is no longer. At approximately 9 p.m. last night, it was reported that longtime senior executive, John Herrera left Oakland. Herrera was known for his strong loyalty to Mr.Davis which caused him some trouble with the media but the most popular was an argument with Tim Kawakami (Whom I am not a fan of) which became a YouTube hit. Herrera was added onto the Raiders’ staff straight out of high school and was originally hired by Mr.Davis to run errands. As Herrera climbed his way up the ranks within the organization’s office, he eventually got to senior executive after returning from stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaqueers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders as general manager before coming back in 1985. The decision was not made by either Reggie Mckenzie nor Dennis Allen but as a business decision that was mutual between Herrera and the team.
I apologize for not posting all the big news recently. I have been having technical difficulties as far as my posts actually publishing goes. Now to the big news and what’s ahead.
Stanford Routt, our best cornerback, has been let go but it may be for the best. If you look at his 17 penalties last season(Most Penalized Player in the League) then it’s not that bad of a decision to make, it’s also a very good salary cap move considering that he was third amongst highest paid corners behind only Nnamdi and Revis, who’s league he isn’t even close to being in. We definitely have a lot of work to do this off-season but I wouldn’t be suprised to see more players leave or be released. With how many new coaches we have, again, I can’t really blame players for wanting to leave because how could you stand learning a new playbook every year. Now that we have had two 8-8 seasons in a row, much better than 5 wins or less, we have a little taste of success and we have fallen short of the playoffs both years. So, with a good amount of improvement from last year, we can easily win our division. With virtually no draft picks, I will be watching what our new coaches and GM do with personell and players, which they have already done a lot. What we basically need to do is get a coach who can run this team and manage it good enough to win the games that we are supposed to win and have the guts and talent to win the games that we need to win. We are basically just taking last year’s team after week 9 and molding it into a Dennis Allen show on the field.