I have often talked about the reasons I feel the Oakland Raiders are on the brink of a new era, as have a number of fans, and even many of the players.
Just a few days ago, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the team's new media guide even touts "A New Era of Excellence."
Quarterback Carson Palmer commented, "It's a new regime, top to bottom."
I truly believe the Silver and Black will be on top of the AFC West by the time the 2012 regular season is said and done. Of course, many fans of opposing teams, and especially of the Raiders' most hated rivals, such as the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, believe that Oakland will be at the bottom.
Surprisingly, even a few alleged fans of the Silver and Black have even bought into some of this hate talk.
Here is a look at five of the most common arguments I've heard behind the talk of the Raiders' possible failure, and the reasons they can mostly be debunked.