Mark Shlereth (sp?) went on a rant the other day on NFL Live about the Raiders. He ended it by saying they (paraphrasing) "owe it to the league to get it together because the NFL is a better place when the Raiders are relavent"
I kind of agree with him.
As a fan of the franchise, I think this sort of 'rant' is incredibly short-sighted.
Reggie McKenzie (current GM) was handed a terrible situation. The team was grossly over the cap, with a lot of money sunk on bad players who contributed virtually nothing - and, better yet, they had almost no draft picks.
At best, the team might
find a way to get enough talent to be competitive, but it will be 2-3 years before they have enough depth - this is all very optimistic, BTW - to be truly 'competitive.'
It's not Mark Davis / Reggie McKenzie / Dennis Allen who should be getting yelled at. Everything I've seen so far indicates the Raiders are moving into the modern era.
I just hope Davis has the stomach to hold out while Reggie / DA get it together. Most of the players McKenzie has brought in have been pretty good. Given more time, he could turn things around.
And, for what it's worth, Palmer is the least of the Raiders issues. The OC is terrible; the WR's don't know what routes they're running half the time; there are a ton of drops... and in regards to the interceptions, at least six have been deflections off of tipped passes that should have been caught.
Palmer isn't a great QB, but he's got no running game and very little help from his receivers.