Oakland Raiders Must Clean House, Rebuild Completely to Return to AFC Elite

"We suck."

Over the course of their long (and mostly storied) history, the Oakland Raiders have proudly trumpeted several catchphrases: Pride and poise. Commitment to excellence. Just win, baby.

And now, thanks to their hideous effort to begin the 2014 season, a new expression has vaulted into the Raiders lexicon.

"We suck."

Forget about pride. Don't you dare mention poise. Commitment to excellence? That's good for a laugh. Just win, baby? How about, "Just be competitive, baby?"

Those initial three slogans, brainchilds of the late, great Al Davis, are no longer applicable. These Raiders—the outfit that has disgraced Oakland and fans across the country since their ill-fated appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII—are now embodied by two simple words.

"We suck."

That quote comes courtesy of the verbal stylings of veteran safety Charles Woodson, per Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, who issued the proclamation in the wake of the team's 30-14 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Texans this past Sunday. Given Woodson's status as a future Hall of Famer, his words speak volumes.

Sunday's loss dropped coach Dennis Allen's record to 8-26 in two-plus years with the organization. General manager Reggie McKenzie, the man that hired Allen, has also presided over the slop.

Enough is enough. It's time for a change.

For the Raiders to once again return to the AFC's elite, owner Mark Davis—Al's son—must clean house and rebuild completely.

That means closing time should be drawing near for Allen and McKenzie, the latest ringmasters of the Silver and Black circus.


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