Fed up with consecutive 4-12 seasons, owner Mark Davis acknowledged as much Tuesday in a interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Every offseason is the most important at that time, but this is one that we've been building toward the last few years," Davis said. "So, yeah, there is no question. We have to hit it right now. The coaches, they're all signed. Dennis Allen has every coach that he wanted."
Davis emphasized twice that the roster "deconstruction" process of the past two years is "no excuse" for not bringing in better players thus far in "reconstruction." Moreover, there are "no built-in excuses anymore" now that McKenzie has a projected $65 million in salary cap space and a full complement of draft picks.
"Losing those last games last year was not good," Davis continued. "And the way we lost them was terrible."
"We have to find somebody in the draft or in free agency that is going to be the identity of the Raiders," Davis explained. "I don't know if we really have an identity now."
Davis insisted NFL teams can't force a quarterback selection if the scouting department's evaluation doesn't line up with the early draft slot.