Former NFL MVP and Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon has laid into the Oakland franchise in a furious five-minute rant on NFL Radio.
Gannon, who lead the Raiders to the Superbowl in 2002 and won the leagues MVP in the same year, has had a frosty relationship with the franchise since he called them out back in 2009. The Raiders subsequently tried to ban him from their facilities.
Oakland have not had a winning season since 2002 and this season couldn't have started off worse. They are 0-4 and on the back of a humiliating loss against the Dolphins in London, they fired head coach Dennis Allen.
Gannon is clearly frustrated and has claimed that all employee's at the Raiders are 'stealing':
"People out in Oakland, in that building, players, coaches, front office, people in business, accounting - stealing," Gannon said. "They ought to give the check back....When you lose like that, how can you go to the bank and cash the check? Should be embarrassed....They're stealing. That's a problem."
Clearly incensed he went on, "They have a sign in front of their building that says, 'Commitment to Excellence.' They ought to take it down. It's false advertising; [it should say] 'Commitment to Mediocrity,'" Gannon said. "It's a culture and environment that has existed for years.....You let things slide, don't pay attention to detail.....and don't have a high degree of professionalism and account in that building, that's a problem."
Gannon continued, and said that new personnel is desperately needed to shake things up and the firing of Dennis Allen isn't enough:
"You need to bring in some people that are capable of rooting out the issues...You need to bring in some people that have been there and done it. Then maybe things will change. But it's not going to change when you keep replacing coaches, keep replacing quarterbacks and keep running different veteran free agents through the building. That's not how you rebuild an organization. And the thing that drives me crazy is that they spend millions and millions and millions of dollars on the payroll."
As mentioned, the rant was a long one, and after repairing his relationship with the franchise after his 2009 outburst, Gannon may have some more cleaning up to do. However today he has since tweeted saying he is just frustrated:
"Lost myself in my Raider rant yesterday. Pains me to see the team struggle. They do have some good people who care about winning. #Frustrated"