Defense Wins Super Bowls, So How Do the Raiders Measure Up in 2010?

There's a lot of talk and articles stating the Oakland Raiders legitimacy to an AFC West title run this season. Plausible. Possibly, but the saying that defense wins games is the absolute truth.

So what changes has Al Davis done to make this happen in the city of Silver and Black?

There has been a lot of changes in Oakland since the departure of Lane Kiffin. In fact we begin with the defensive coordinator John Marshall.

Marshall has helped coach two Super Bowl San Francisco teams from 1989-98. He has worked as a defensive coordinator for five different teams that include the Falcons, the 49ers, the Seahawks and now he is with the Raiders.

Jim Marshall brings 30 years of experience in the NFL.

Next, is defensive backs coach Lionel Washington. Washington is a former Oakland Raider CB that played from 1987 to 1994 and 1997.

It should be noted that both Charles Woodson and Al Harris of Green Bay have been under Washington's training, and went to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

What's not to like about Lionel Washington? He has a solid record as a player and brings that experience to Oakland.

What I enjoy about writing this particular article is that, although we always hear about the newly added players, we rarely hear about the Raiders coaches.

Unless of course it's Tom Cable.

Cable has really done a great job in Oakland. I have said this over a hundred times, but the Raiders began getting on track when Tom was allowed to coach the Raiders.

Many of the fans out there know that the Raiders have had a really tough time getting run stuffers.

It seems that opponents were able to find holes and I believe this issue should be solved with the additions of Kamerion Wimbley, Richard Seymour and NFL draft pick Rolando McClain.

The Oakland Raiders needed aggression on the front line, and it appears they may have it.


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