Watching the Raiders defense fruitlessly try and defend the Chargers in the final game of the 2011 season, I was reminded of that famous quote by Aristotle. He said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
The Raiders may have a commitment to excellence. However, far too often in the 2011 season it was a lack of excellence that became a habit. It was that repeated habit of mistakes, penalties, lack of focus and discipline that caught up with a team many felt was ready to make a playoff push in 2011.
Before you can truly turn the page on anything, it is important to look back at what predicated the need for change in the first place. With that, here is a recap of the 2011 season followed by a preview of what may be to come in 2012.