Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Among all the changes made for the Raiders heading into this season, the new system that offensive coordinator c brings has gotten the most attention. Given the disaster that Greg Knapp’s offense was last year, that was to be expected.
Under Olson, the Raiders offense will move back to a running game that features a gap-blocking scheme up front. This way, star running back Darren McFadden should be back in his comfort zone as a downhill runner.
This comes with the emphasis that the coaching staff has put on tailoring its offensive scheme to the skill sets of the players on the roster.
For example, Denarius Moore was another player that was misused throughout the course of the 2012-13 season. If Olson and the offensive staff want to put the players in the best possible position to make plays, we should see Moore used primarily as a vertical threat much like he was under Hue Jackson in his rookie season.
Overall, the offensive scheme change alone should make for some big and noticeable improvements in 2013.
Having said that, the offensive line must perform at a much higher level than they did in the preseason, as, regardless of scheme, a running game will never have success if the backs are constantly met by defenders in the backfield.