The Oakland Raiders are a team that has finally begun the long road back to relevancy within the NFL landscape. Recent years have not been too kind to the franchise, but the end of the 2012 season showed glimmers of what the future may bring.
So how exactly do the Raiders ensure that all the current signs of hope and optimism are not quickly washed away like they have been in the past?
There is no unilateral blueprint that every team can follow towards success. Each path is unique, and the Raiders need to learn from mistakes they have made in the past. The team must have a sense of patience that has been glaringly omitted over the past decade. The pieces are already in place to start winning games, but certain steps must be taken.
Let's break down six steps Oakland needs to take to become a contender once again.