Harrison: Week 12 Power Rankings
Elliot Harrison reevaluates the NFL hierarchy yet again, with plenty of movement in the top half and a change at No. 32. **More ...**
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis voiced his displeasure Sunday with a 3-7 team he believes has regressed under first-year coach Dennis Allen.
"Hey, I'm right there with him," Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle this week. "I'm frustrated. I'm disappointed. You know, you wake up (Monday) morning and your gut hurts.
"But, at the same time, when a man gets knocked down, a man gets up and fights. And that's exactly what we intend to do."
Allen was hired in Oakland during a period of deep-cutting transition. General manager Reggie McKenzie, meanwhile, walked through the door into a bee's nest of salary-cap issues on a roster with streaky-at-best talent. Sorting out the post-Al Davis Raiders hasn't been easy.
The Raiders have fired head coaches two years running, but neither Allen or McKenzie sit on the hot seat after one bad outing. Mainly because Davis isn't a micro-manager like his father -- it was almost surprising to hear from him at all on Sunday -- and he told reporters he retains confidence in the men he hired.
More transition won't lead to prosperity. After years of operating an NFL team a certain way (and not always successfully), the Raiders are attempting change. The results have been ugly one year in, but Oakland's issues were never billed as a quick fix.