Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders Need To Hire Bill Parcells To Turn Team Around

Those of you who have been following news in the NFL this week know that Bill Parcells officially moved out of the Dolphins headquarters earlier in the week. This comes after Parcells stepped down as president of football operations in order to be a "consultant" for the team.

Parcells has a history of coming to struggling teams, turning them around in a few years then beating a path out of town. In his career, Parcells has turned around struggling teams in the New York Giants,  New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and finally the Miami Dolphins.

With every one of those teams, Parcells came onto the staff as the team was mired in losing seasons. With every one of those teams, Parcells turned the team around and had them in the playoffs within three years.

Parcells has been to three Super Bowls and won two. He has won eight different Coach of the Year Awards and is considered one of the best minds in football. So much so, he has spawned a number of coaches in the NFL who follow his coaching philosophy, including Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton, Tony Sporano, Eric Mangini and Tod Haley.

Over the past seven years of struggles for the Raiders, there has been a consistent theme of dysfunction between the front offices and the coaching staff. The Raiders are currently on their fifth coach since John Gruden, and none of them have had success.

One of the reasons that John Gruden fared so well in Oakland is because his knowledge of football was strong enough to garner respect and trust from Al Davis. Gruden was notorious for going to Al Davis' office with videos, white boards and whatever else he needed in order to prove to Mr. Davis that he knew what he was talking about and that Mr. Davis should follow his advice.

Since that time, Davis has yet to find another coach which he trusted enough to allow him the leeway to do what was needed for the Raiders.

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