Oakland Raiders Offseason: Things Are Looking Bleak for the 2011 NFL Season

Things are currently looking a little bleak for the Raider Nation

The Raiders do not believe in a having a general manager, so all of the football business is handled by the owner, Al Davis and the head coach.

Oakland has not renewed the contract of Tom Cable and have not appointed anyone new, so they currently do not have a head coach. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is rumored to be the head coach-in-waiting but his first move of the offseason was to interview for the head coaching role at the 49ers.

The Raiders are currently sending three players to this year's Pro Bowl and TE Zach Miller will hopefully make it four. Of these, P Shane Lechler has been very critical of the owner over letting Tom Cable go, while DT Richard Seymour, CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Miller are all free agents.

The Oakland Raiders had the 11th best defense in football in 2010 but key starters of that unit will be hitting the free agency market: DT Richard Seymour, LB Kamerion Wimbley, FS Michael Huff, CBs Stanford Routt and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Silver-and-Black offense was much improved, scoring the sixth most points in the NFL this year. The success of the offense was based on running the ball straight down the gut. However all of the starting interior linemen are on the market (Guards Robert Gallery and Cooper Carlisle and center Samson Satele).

The Raiders finished the season with Michael Bush running over the Kansas City Chiefs and yet he is another out of contract player.

It should also be remembered that the Raiders do not have a first round pick in the 2011 Draft.

In summary, Oakland has no head coach, an offensive coordinator who is talking to other teams, a full-house of out-of-contract or disgruntled pro bowlers, veteran leaders hitting free agency across the board and no first round draft pick.

Which ever way you look at this it is not an ideal s...

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