Many around the league over the years have said that the Oakland Raiders are always among the most talented teams in the NFL. However, the Raiders finished .500 in 2010 for the first time since the Super Bowl team of 2002.
Talent is supposed to win football games but the Raiders haven't won many games over the last eight years. Many will blame Raider owner Al Davis for this bad stretch of Raider football.
He is the owner so I believe he should take the blame but I only blame him for the high coaching turnover. Most of his coaches during that stretch may have been good but didn't have the same vision as Davis.
Then you have Art Shell, who knew the Raider way but had an offensive system from the '60s. Davis now has another new head coach (Hue Jackson) and lost two key free agents but I believe he finally has it the right.
If you look at perennial contenders like the Patriots, and Steelers, you'll see that the coaches and front office are on the same page. The front office goes out and gets the kind of players that fit the system of the coaches.
As a result, you have "Steeler football" and "the Patriot way."
Jackson has the same vision as Davis and a modern playbook to try to bring back the "Raider way."
Turn the page to see a step by step look at how it's being put together.