Originally written August 11, 2012 on Football Nation:
The AFC West division in the National Football League is in transition mode. This is nothing new to western based football programs.  In the past five years every team in the division has had several changes in their coaching infrastructure but no team in the NFL has sailed with the winds of change quite like The Oakland Raiders.  Although The Raiders have had only two general managers since 1963, the team has had seven head coaches in the past ten years.  When team owner Al Davis passed away last October, his son Mark knew he needed to bring in someone who would continue the tradition that his father built.  The hiring of former Raider Reggie McKenzie and the subsequent hiring of head coach Dennis Allen was the first small step the organization took in beginning the new era of excellence.  Al Davis conveyed a philosophy of valuing the raw talent of his athletes and working with his head coach to mold them into outstanding football players.  Unlike Davis, McKenzie avoided making...
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