It seems that this time of year is a time of hope for all 31 teams that aren't the reigning Superbowl champs. Fans all over the country are thinking that this year's off-season moves and one extra season of experience for the players and everything else, is going to come together to result in a spectacular season.
This is particularly true for the fans of those NFL teams that haven't been doing so well. And since 2003, few, if any teams in the NFL have been as straight-out-bad as the Raiders.
Just last year for instance, the Raiders' offense was 31st in points, and 31st in yards. The saddest part: the Raiders' offense showed tremendous improvement last season.
Unfortunately, defense was the Raider's strength last season. Why is that unfortunate? Their defense was ranked 23rd in points, and 26th in yards. It is unfortunate when your strong point is only 6 spots away from being dead last.
So naturally, Raiders fans are just chalk-full of hope for the upcoming season. Unfortunately* that hope is ill-advised. Following are a list of reasons why.
*The use of the word "unfortunate" was pervasive on this page; few other words are as apt in describing the Raiders over the last 7 years.