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Lowell Cohn: Owner Mark Davis, head coach leave Raiders with absolutely no respect

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen commands the team from the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys in Oakland on Friday, August 9, 2013. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

The Raiders can’t get no respect. Ain’t that the sad truth?

A blog called NFL Nation conducted a confidential survey asking players which team they’d least like to play for. Who won – or lost? You got it. Da Raiders.

This is the actual survey prompt: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.”

According to ESPN.com, NFL Nation asked 100 players to participate in the survey and got 82 responses. Twenty-three percent named Oakland. After that came Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Green Bay. Green Bay? It must be the weather.

But the Raiders were the clear leader in this sad — for them — survey.

What does this survey tell us?

It says people in their industry do not believe in the Oakland Raiders. Do not believe owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen are on the right track, even though this is their third year together.

There’s good reason for this negative opinion. The team has been dreadful under this group, although, before his death, Al Davis left the Raiders talent-starved and in salary cap hell. The current triumvirate has excuses. But players don’t care about excuses. Or good intentions. And they shouldn’t.

This survey — so stark in its assessment — gives Davis scant leverage for a new stadium. Will he have to sell part interest in the team to get a new one? I’m wondering.

A big part of the Raiders’ problem — the problem perceived by a bunch of players — is, I’m sure, Allen the head coach. What has he ever done? His combined Raiders’ record is 8-24. Ugh! He may be brilliant with Xs and Os, but he comes off like a football geek who lives in his head, has almost no ability to connect with players as people, almost no ability to make players passionate about him and his program.


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