With the supposedly "problematic" Lane Kiffin out of Oakland, the Raiders have no excuses heading into the 2009 season. The Raiders fired Kiffin, who was too outspoken for Al Davis, after a disappointing start in 2008.
Heading into the 2009 season, the Raiders are led by coach Tom Cable, who experienced a turnaround from his squad at the end of the '08 season.
Cable seemed to have some control over the Raiders, but there's absolutely no excuse for the Raiders' lack of dedication.
The Raiders appeared to be sloppy all year long, and the once highly-poised team is now the laughing stock of the NFL.
Not since the 2003 Super Bowl meltdown have the Oakland Raiders played an honest game of football. Led by quarterback Rich Gannon, and wide receivers Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Jerry Porter, the Raiders had dedication, poise, and class.
But those days are long gone. These Raiders are a new breed—one which lacks dedication, class, and experience.
Led by an arrogant and egotistical owner, the Raiders are seeking a pathway out of the black hole that's caused so much humiliation and has made them the laughing stock of the league.
In order for the Raiders to become a successful franchise again, they need to have the same class and dedication that led them to the Super Bowl seven seasons ago.