Originally Posted by silver & black
C'mon LITP... 3-13? I know the Raiders don't deserve to be thought of very highly in any kind of poll, but don't you think thats a little ridiculous?
I'm not a homer that thinks the Raiders are going to the playoffs or win the division or anything like that, but I sure don't see them winning less than 5 games this year. Do you really think Detroit is better than the Raiders? I know our record sucked last year, and our offense sucked even worse... but with the draft we had, the defense we have, and getting rid of Moss, you really can't see us doing better than that? I sure can.
Believe it or not, im not a Raiders hater but fundamental problems from last year haven't really been addressed.
Namely the O-line.
Factor in a rookie QB who likes to throw deep and I can see alot of turnovers for the Raiders this year.
Maybe Josh McCown starts instead, and I guess at least he used to playing behind a poor O-line but even if he doesn't turn the ball over I don't see him generating any real offense.
The fact that the Raiders play in a very difficult division (Broncos and Chargers look like strong playoff prospects and KC made it to the postseason only last year) and also have the toughest schedule (on paper at least) surely doesn't bode well.
I see a quick fix FA trade for RB Dominic Rhodes who isn't really required - I think if you gave LaMont Jordan a half decent line to run behind he could be an every down back.
The D you have to give credit, if im reading the stats right (and it wouldn't be the first time I read something wrong) it looks like Oakland has the 2nd least penalised D in the NFL - thats quite a departure from the perception of your typical undisciplined Raiders unit.
The rush D ranks only 25th last year, but that it has to be attributed to the offense not being able to stay on the field as they only conceed 4.0 ypc - which puts them just outside the top10.
When you have a struggling franchise I think the D is the first area to be looked, so I think Oakland are getting that right.
On the flip side the appointment of Lane Kiffin as HC seems eccentric (thats kindest word I can think for it) - a guy who has no HC experience and no NFL experience at all is not the guy to turn this ship around - not as far as I see it.
If teams work out how to score on Oakland then this year could be worse than last.
On the subject of Detroit - they are in the NFC which is a great help for poor teams, they also play in a weak division (Chicago are good but apart from that....not much).
I think Mike Martz will generate an exciting offense in Detriot - Kitna is capable of throwing for alot of yardage this year - Calvin Johnson, Roy Williams and Mike Furrey are potentially explosive out wide and Kevin Jones (if fit) and Tatum Bell look solid running the ball.
Head to head this would be an interesting matchup (Oakland v Detriot) but the fact is the raiders have the misfortune of playing in the AFC when it is by far the stronger conference.