Oakland Raiders: A Dynasty in the Making

The Oakland Raiders have seemingly turned their franchise around in a matter of months. Many moves were made, most of them important, and starters such as Jason Campbell, Rolando McClain, LaMarr Houston, Kamerion Wimbley, and John Henderson were added via the draft, trades, and free agency.

All of these moves made me wonder: Are the Raiders creating a dynasty before our very eyes?  Could this new decade be the beginning of a decade of wins for the Oakland Raiders?

Here are some factors that support this theory.



The Raiders used to be constantly bad-mouthed by the media. However, media outlets such as ESPN have noticed Oakland's offseason and have spoken up about how this team could be a surprise.

Media is a factor in confidence. If you think players don't watch sports channels, you're wrong. If they see somebody talking it up about the Raiders' playoff chances, the player is most likely going to be thinking, "Hey maybe this guy is right, we're not so bad."  Or if they see somebody pointing out weaknesses of the team, it's going to be the exact opposite.

Media definitely plays a role for football teams, and the more you win, the more the media loves you.


Youth and Talent

The Raiders are very young on both sides of the ball. Only four starters are 30 years old or over, and that's if you count Langston Walker, who is currently competing for the starting right tackle job.

Notable players Desmond Bryant, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, and even Jason Campbell have great potential and lots of talent.

I think if these guys can gel together, it could be a dynasty in the making.



While Oakland's coaching has been considerably bad over the years, I think that will chan...

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