After years of salary cap issues and weak drafts resulting from bad trades, Raiders owner Mark Davis feels that the team has no more excuses after what many consider to be a very effective off-season.
The Raiders have struggled in the last few seasons to get the right talent on the field after being in the proverbial salary cap hell and wasting high draft picks on eventual busts. But Raiders owner Mark Davis believes that GM Reggie McKenzie did a great job with the team’s offseason acquisitions.
In an interview with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Davis used the word “phenomenal” when describing the job McKenzie had done with the team in the offseason.
The Raiders signed QB Matt Schaub, DE Justin Tuck, LB LaMarr Woodley, WR James Jones – all experienced veterans who are thought to be past their prime, but may provide valuable depth for the team. The team also drafted LB Khalil Mack, considered the top defensive prospect in the 2014 draft and QB Derek Carr, a record setter from Fresno State who received praise for his NFL readiness.
“Obviously nobody’s happy with the way that season ended … this year is the year, there are no more excuses,” Davis said. “There were games last year where we didn’t show up… That can’t happen any more.”
The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002, and have gone 4-12 in each of the last two seasons under head coach Dennis Allen.