How the Oakland Raiders Became the Least Talented Team in the NFL

The Oakland Raiders are one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NFL. However, over the last decade they've become the least talented team in the league.

Evan Silva, the senior NFL editor for Rotoworld, had this to say about the 2013 Raiders:

That's quite a statement from one of the most respected football minds in the media. Today, we'll take an in-depth look into what happened with Oakland for it to become the least talented team in the NFL.


A Loss in the Super Bowl

Let's rewind to the 2002 season. The Raiders finished the year 11-5, good enough for the AFC West divisional crown. Quarterback Rich Gannon won the MVP by leading the NFL with 4,689 passing yards and 618 passing attempts

They cruised to a 30-10 victory over the New York Jets before squeaking out a victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. Unfortunately, Oakland was blown out in Super Bowl XXXVII by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21.

Despite the terrible loss, the Raiders boasted a strong roster led by Gannon, wide receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice and cornerback Charles Woodson. It appeared as if Oakland was going to be a team to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.

However, the exact opposite happened. In the 10 seasons following the Super Bowl appearance, the Raiders have posted a regular season record of 49-111. They've gone through seven different coaches and haven't had a winning season over that time span.

The loss in Super Bowl XXXVII was the starting point to the long downfall of the Raiders.


Wasted Draft Picks

The only way a struggling team will get better is through the draft. After the Raiders lost the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, they went 4-12. Head coach Bill Callahan was fired and Oakland brought in offensive guru Norv Turner to get the team back on track.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders