It’s been a decade of constant losing season disappointment, coach after coach, and internal organization drama for the Oakland Raiders. Since the 2003 Superbowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Raiders haven’t had a winning season in more than nine seasons. The franchise has been in a state of decline. Since 2003, the Raiders have had seven head coaches, such as Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hugh Jackson, and now newly appointed Dennis Allen. The franchise has been very unstable, and every two years they have a new direction or system, because of coaching changes. Until recently, the Raiders did not have a general manager, and late owner Al Davis called all the shots, making him a very controlling figure. In the last decade, Al Davis did draft some good players, but he also drafted some bust draft picks, such as JaMarcus Russell in 2007. Russell was a complete bust pick, who was given a six-year $60 million deal, collecting more than 31 million in guaranteed money. Davis also signed several players, including wide receiver Javon Walker, corner back DeAngelo Hall, and safety Gibril Wilson, who did not pan out at all, but collected big pay days. These type of decision put the Raiders at least more than $24 million over the salary cap.
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Since the 2003 Superbowl blunder where the Oakland Raiders lost 49-21 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the franchise has been on the decline. The Raiders haven’t had a winning season since 2003, and they have had various incidents of drama surrounding the franchise. In 2011, the Raiders finally had a decent offense and defense, and were predicted to make a tough fight to win the AFC West division. The Raiders, under the new direction of head coach Hugh Jackson and his creative offensive formations, had all the right pieces in motion. The franchise had a good start to the 2011 season, but in October 2011, long-time Raiders owner Al Davis died after complications from surgery. Davis was the face of the Raiders, but he was also a pioneer in the development of the NFL.
There has been a lot of activity throughout the NFL this past week! With a new general manager in place and a new coaching staff, the Oakland Raiders released their long time defensive back Standford Routt. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders from the University of Houston in the second round as the 38th pick overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Routt showed a lot of promise during his college years and is known for his fast speed.