Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Speaking of Bill Callahan, do you feel sorry for this guy? Or was it simply a case of a coach who road his predecessor's coat tails for a eyar before it all caught up to him? Here is a guy who, in his first season as coach, led his team to a Super Bowl appearance. He follow sit up by leading the Raiders to a dismal 4-12 season. Oakland posted its worst record since also going 4-12 in 1997. The Raiders tied with three other teams for fewest wins in the league in the biggest collapse by a team that reached the Super Bowl the previous year. According to this story, players were actually contemplating walking out on the team prior to the last game of the season because they disliked this guy so much. Charles Woodson said of Callahan, ""He's really made this thing personal. When things get personal, it's not a good situation to be around people that it's personal with. I won't play for him. He's not the type of person you want to be around. He's just really brought a really negative vibe to this team over the course of the season."

Even Tim Brown, the longest-tenured Raider, has his concerns about Callahan. "I don't know if he's the guy who can bring this team back together. This year, he made things personal with this team. You can't do that. If he's back, it's going to take two to three years to fix this, because nobody trusts a word he says."

My Perspective: regardless of whether the players or Callahan are right, Tim Brown said it best: He lost the team. That, to me, is bigger than losing any game. Once you lsoe the team, it's over. Now it's time to start over...and I'm not just talking about the coach. I think it's time to cut ties with players like Tim brown, Jerry Rice, Charles & Rod Woodson, Rich Gannon, etc...& start to rebuild. I don;t think you can take an old 4-12 team and have one or two more runs at a title. IT's time to rebuild with fresh blood.