Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 30 Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly examination of the Raiders' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 30 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Dennis Green never coached the Raiders, though he was rumored to be a candidate several times over the past decade. So it makes it all the more relevant to trot out his famous line, then, and tweak it a bit: The Raiders are who we thought they were. Except, no one is letting them off the hook.
They were ranked 29th in the preseason and, for the second week in a row, sit at a season-low No. 30. Sounds about right for a team that has lost five straight games and seven of eight and faces the daunting prospect of playing host to a record-setting Peyton Manning in the regular-season finale.
Raiders owner Mark Davis is taking a wait-and-see approach before making any final decisions on the future of coach Dennis Allen, and there is no indication he’s leaning one way or the other, despite so much public clamoring for Jon Gruden.
No, Green is not considered a candidate, but how’s this for a speculative coaching candidate curveball: Jay Gruden? Then again, Davis would have to let Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie off the hook first, let alone Terrelle Pryor’s agent, Jerome Stanley, who claimed Allen is hoping Pryor fails in the season-ending start.
Go ahead, crown ’em ... the No. 30 team in our Power Rankings.