The Oakland Raiders weren’t good in 2012, and they probably aren’t going to be much better in 2013. Thanks to a roster that general manager Reggie McKenzie had to break down before he could rebuild it, the Raiders have one of the worst rosters in the league.
In many ways, the Raiders are facing one of the most important offseasons in their history. The Raiders have a new front office that McKenzie has spent the last year renovating and a first-round pick. The Raiders aren’t likely going to be contenders until 2014 at the earliest, but there’s always a chance that things turn around more quickly than expected.
Ryan Grigson took over a roster that in many respects was one of the worst in football in 2011 and turned them into a playoff team. The separation is so small between the best teams and the worst teams that a few tweaks can go a long way.
Andrew Luck certainly helped the Colts get to 11-5, and the Raiders will get no such reprieve, but Grigson drafted well and used limited cap space wisely. There are things the Raiders can do to turn things around quickly like the Colts, but they need a great offseason.