NFL 2011: The Road Now Ahead For The Oakland Raiders

I thought I would write an article on what could be in store for the Oakland Raiders this off-season.

Before I begin, I thought I'd ruminate on a few things. 

I have nothing but respect for what Tom Cable did in changing the culture during his time as head-coach, but all in all, he made too many mistakes with personnel.  Had Cable made better decisions with personnel, the Raiders could have easily finished 12-4 in 2010.

I know I defended Cable, because I thought he needed a mere rebuke for the mistakes, but at the end of the day, I understand the decision to can him.  Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson called all the plays anyway, which led the Raiders offense to a significant turnaround from 2009.

Jackson did just as much to change the culture as Cable did.

Yet, anytime that Al Davis fires a coach, we hear murmurs about Mike Shanahan.  If you ask me, that "curse" has been reversed.  It ended when the Broncos fired Shanahan and hired Josh McDaniels.  Now, the Broncos are one of the few organizations, these days, where people are not interested in a job interview.


Free agency and Personnel

As I understand it, the current list of free agents is daunting. 

The list includes, Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley, John Henderson, Stanford Routt, Thomas Howard, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery, Michael Bush, Marcel Reece, Samson Satele, and Langston Walker amongst others.

On top of that, the Raiders also need to add talent.  A veteran wideout is on top of my wish list.  Malcom Floyd of the Chargers would be a perfect fit for the Raiders.  The Raiders should also add another blocker, so that Marcel Reece is able to be more active in the running and passing game.

Some mock drafts have the Raiders taking an offensive tackle with their first pick, which is ridiculous.  I would ...

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