Even if you don't approve of Allen, he has taken some strides to improve the football culture in Oakland. We are way down on penalties and that is huge. I saw way fewer time outs called to get a play in. I saw way less procedure penalties giving us third downs with impossible yardage. Save for a couple of incidents early in the season, there were fewer attempts to shoot ourselves in the foot with meltdowns of epic proportion.
What I also saw less of was competitive football. I saw a lot of confusion on defense, mostly secondary assignments. I saw extremely horrible offensive play calling all season long.
I saw a lot of injuries at the most inopportune times. I saw players being asked to change position, with one working out reasonably well. I saw the negative effect of an extremely shallow bench.
Most of all, I see management willing to stay the course with a few tweaks of course.
In general terms, if we can hang on to the positives and erase some more of the negative, we will surely be competitive next year. I'm not sure if I'm going to measure success in the terms of wins and losses but how tough we stand up to already competitive teams.
If you have spent the time to learn any physical skill, you know it is twice as hard to unlearn mistakes as it is to learn properly out of the gate. We were mired pretty deeply in bad habits, some natural, some born of lack of discipline and some dragged in on a bad reputation. Perfection comes at a price, a steep price in terms of this team.
It will take more time, less if we hit a jackpot on personnel. I'm hoping that McKenzie's eye for talent is not overrated. This would be a huge boost in shortening the process.
We have the foundation, now let's see if we have the perserverence to see it through.
Allen stays, and succeeds.....
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