The Oakland Raiders: Grading the Offseason Before Training Camp

Whether you hate or love the Raiders it's hard to argue that this offseason hasn't been a very positive one. The Raiders perhaps had one of the best draft weekends in the NFL, and the positive moves have continued through June.

Let's take a look at the following aspects of the team and see how they have done prior to camp.


Coaching: B

I'll be the first to admit that I was not sold on Tom Cable and wasn't sure how he kept his job. But the more I hear about him the more I like him. Cable had too many duties last year, and wearing too many hats can be a bad thing for a head coach.

The addition of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will help reduce a lot of the pressure on Cable. Jackson has already made a great impression not only on the fans and players but also on the media. Most of the media wishes the Raiders would let him talk more to them than he does.

While there are other coaching positions that need improving, keeping Cable around and adding Jackson will have a significant impact in Oakland. Cable has been the head coach for three seasons now, which makes him the longest tenured coach for the Raiders since Jon Gruden.


Offense: B-

The strongest move the Raiders made this offseason was replacing JaMarcus Russell with Jason Campbell. With Russell it was all about potential that was never reached, but with Campbell you know what you are getting.

Campbell will be an upgrade at the quarterback position, but he will need help from the players around him.

Michael Bush and Darren McFadden will now be the primary backs in 2010. This will be great for both of them because they will be able to get into the flow of the game during the season. Hue Jackson runs more of a power offense, which will benefit both runners.

The receiving group is still a big question. They are a very young group of guy...

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