When You Wish Upon a Super-Star: Tony Dungy Oakland Raiders GM?

While We're Dreaming...

The Oakland Raiders have a myriad of issues within the organization. Some say it's all Al Davis' fault, others say it's due to the media portraying the team as dysfunctional. Whatever the case, things have not been going in the right direction lately.

Questionable first round draft choices, a continuous coaching carousel, and the inability to attract high profile free agents and coaches have all contributed to the downfall of this once great franchise.

All of these issues have led to losing. Losing is something Raider fans just can't stomach anymore.

So, what's the solution?

In a 2008 interview, Al Davis suggested that he was considering hiring "Someone to help with the football decisions." So, what happened to that? He hasn't hired anyone, and the team has continued to struggle.

We all know Davis well enough to know that if really wanted to do that, it would have been done already. So, what's the hold up? Was he just saying what he thought fans wanted to hear, or is he still looking for the right man for the job?

I think I have the right guy in mind.

Hiring Tony Dungy as general manager, president of football operations, or head of personnel and player development would be the coup of the century. He has the respect of league officials, the players, and every fan in every stadium.

Dungy was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1977. He played defensive back only three years for the Steelers and 49ers. His playing career was not stellar, but that wasn't his destiny anyway. He was born to coach.

After several years as an assistant and defensive backs coach, Dungy was given a well-deserved shot at a head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tony took the perennial losers of the NFC central and turned them into a consistent playoff team.

After three playoff appearances, a di...

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