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The Oakland Raiders Could Wind Up Winning the AFC West

David ThompsonContributor IApril 23, 2009

Lets face it, the Oakland Raiders have been less than spectacular the past six seasons. That fact is obvious.  Although this offseason seems to have been so far a very productive one. The Raiders have done this and astonishingly they have not picked up every big free agent on their last contract call. This offseason the Raiders have managed to keep valuable players.

Shane Lechler and Nnamndi Asomugha, the only real football players on the Raiders roster it seemed like, stayed. Lechler was a league of his own how he performed this year. Nnamndi played in my mind the best season of his career.

Teams do not have to go out and sign all these big players to win games. They just need to retain the same guys form the year before, and have them gel a little more. That is my next point, the Raiders got on a late season roll and really started to GEL.

Oakland has solid players that can be consistent, even the offensive line showed they can protect Russell and can be a top ten in rushing again. Rob Ryan was the biggest reason the defense was falling apart late in games. He rushed three men and went in prevent (the worst possible defense ever created). They seemed to have addressed these problems and are looking at a very successful season in the helms of Tom Cable.

The Broncos really put themselves in a hole starting by hiring Josh McDaniels. The Chiefs are just bad, signing old washed up linebackers Thomas and Vrabel. Their two best players Tony Gonzalez, and Brian Waters are not going to voluntary workouts, indicating they might want out. Last and certainly least the Chargers. Plain and simple, Norv Turner is a horrible coach, if the Chargers did not have one ounce of talent they would be in the same boat as the Chiefs.

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