NFL Preseason 2010: Oakland Raiders Top Storylines

There isn’t all that much to say about life as an Oakland Raiders fan recently. The Raiders have stunk. Let's not sugarcoat it.

With ornery owner Al Davis in charge, Oakland has been terrible since head coach Bill Callahan led them to an 11-5 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2002.

After Callahan was fired following the 2003 season, the hottest coaching seat in football became Oakland. Norv Turner, Art Shell, and Lane Kiffin all came and went in less than five full seasons.

Tom Cable took over mid-2008 for Kiffin, and has promptly led the Raiders to consecutive 5-11 seasons (although Oakland was already 1-3 when Cable took over in his first year).

With last year’s debacle, the Raiders became the first team in NFL history to lose 11 games in seven consecutive seasons.

So, yeah, this decade hasn’t exactly been the glory years of the Silver and Black.

But with that said, there are finally some reasons to be excited in Oakland.

We aren’t suggesting the Raiders are going to win the AFC West, but it’s no longer all doom-and-gloom in the Bay like it has been for the better part of the 2000s. The Black Hole has a reason to get fired up again.

As the NFL preseason rolls on, here are a few storylines from Raiders camp.

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