Despite finishing with their best record since 2003, it was a very rough year for the Oakland Raiders franchise, starting with the death of their owner, Al Davis.
Oakland finished 8-8, which tied for first in the AFC West and had a chance to make the playoffs with a win in week 17, but they could not get the job done.
This organization is in a pretty big mess due to some of the decisions made by management. With that said, here is what I would do to get the team back on track.
There is a good bay area “rivalry” between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers; however these two teams need to be as far away from each other as possible.
Little to none of that has anything to do with the players, but instead with the two fan bases. Believe it or not, there are actually some intelligent fans in California. With that being said, at least 80 percent of their fans are loud, ignorant and classless.
Rewind to August 20th
of this past year. These two teams faced off in a pre-season game when several brawls broke out and a shooting occurred outside the stadium.
A move to Alaska or Australia would help the organization focus better as a whole.
2. Get a Time Machine
When looking back at the Oakland Raiders season, the two moves that stick out to me are taking Terrelle Pryor in the supplementary draft and trading a first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 (that can turn into a first in the Raiders make the AFC title game this upcoming season) for “retired” Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Neither move needed to happen and with a time machine I would go back and prevent these two moves from going through.
This leaves Oakland with a grand total of two drafts picks, which come in the fifth and sixth rounds.
3. Re-Sign Key Players
Oakland has 21 players that could become free agents this offseason; 16 unrestricted, one restricted and four exclusive rights. While some of them can be let go, there are a few guys that need to be locked up.
- As mentioned earlier, the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer and drafted Terrelle Pryor. With that being said, they also traded for Jason Campbell – who played fairly well before breaking his collarbone. If they let Campbell go then there will be no competition for Carson Palmer and the team basically threw a fourth round pick out the window.
- In relief of injured running back Darren McFadden, Bush rushed for almost 1000 yards and has seven touchdowns. With the league transforming into a two-back system, re-signing Michael Bush should be one of the Raiders top priorities.
- Last offseason Oakland lost one of the best defensive backs in the game in Nnamdi Asomugha and just recently cut corner Stanford Routt. With their secondary getting thinner, the Raiders cannot afford to lose safety Tyvon Branch, who has recorded over 100 tackles in each of his past three seasons.
These are just a few things I would do if I ran the Oakland Raiders. Any other ideas or suggestions? Drop something off in the comments section below or tweet to @CooperAllen47.