Max, this is a very important topic. There is a sharp contrast between Al and Reggie, yesI just put them in the same sentence.
For all of the dimished results towards the end, Al was above all else a football guy, someone that new the game front to rear. A lot of people don't know that Al was a maverick from day one, he always took the path less traveled whether it be scouting black college players, giving some a new lease on a football career, or employing schemes that others shunned. Al was stubborn, he was bright and most of all consistent. As football made the jump to mainstream popularity Al was at the forefront giving us fans everything we could ask for.
Al was consistent even as times and values changed, this, along with his health would seal his demise.
Fans should note the differences with the new regime. We are not plinking coins into the one armed bandit hoping for the reels to come up jackpot, my friends, we are in the process of stacking the deck.
I hold a little more reverance for Al than you do Max, but your point is relevant and correct. We are on a different path and we will see results not today but in the near future, from a new man's consistency.....
"..When you have great coaches, then after you have great coaches you get great players, you have a great organization, and you tell them one thing-
Just win baby"
~ Al Davis ~