Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon tore into his former club on Wednesday following an 0-4 start and the firing of head coach Dennis Allen.
Below is a transcript of his comments, courtesy of SiriusXM NFL Radio:
"You got to find me some of those guys out in Oakland. Who are they? Who are they? Who are the leaders of the football team? I talk to players all the time -- we just talked to Marcel Reece -- who are the leaders of the football team? 'We'll we've got 'em.' Let me see 'em...
I can tell who the leaders are by watching them play -- and how they play and how they perform. And they don't have enough of them.
It's a product of their culture and the environment that has existed for years, because you let things go, you let things slide. You don't detail your work. You don't have the high degree of professionalism, and accountability in the building. And that's a problem. You don't have a player that's willing to stand up in front of his peers in the team meeting and say, 'This is BS. We're not going to do this anymore.'
You don't have those players. You don't have a Peyton Manning to stand up in the middle of a Friday practice and say, 'Nah, uh. Let's stop the play and do it over. We don't drop the ball on Friday.'
You don't have those players.
I lived it. I've been in the building for years, I know what's going on there. And that's the problem. You don't have enough badasses that are going to stand up and do something about it.
The Raider fans come calling: 'Hey, we just got James Jones, and we got MJD, we got LaMarr Woodley, we're going to win 12 games, we're going to beat the Broncos.' Yeah, right. You're not going to beat anybody until you find a quarterback, and you find some guys in the locker room that go around and demand perfection, demand excellence.
They got this sign in front of the building that says: 'Commitment to excellence.' They ought to take it down. It's false advertising right now. There's no commitment to excellence. There's a commitment to mediocrity right now. And that's the problem. You need to change the culture and the environment.
You need to bring in some people that are capable of rooting out the issues. And it takes people that know the history of why they have not won. 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.
There's people out in Oakland, in that building, players, coaches, front office, people in business, accounting: stealing! They ought to give the check back. The product on the field is terrible. And when you lose like that, how can you go to the bank and cash the check? You should be embarrassed.
You're not winning because you have players and coaches and people in the building that have become comfortable with the process of losing. It's okay to lose out there, it's okay. It's not a big deal. In other places, it's simply not tolerated. And when it gets to the point where they don't tolerate it anymore, it's unacceptable, and we run people out of the building who haven't figured that out...and then bring in players who care, and players who work and players who aren't going to tolerate that, then you'll get the results you so long desire.
But they don't know how to do it and it drives me crazy."