After years of losing double-digit games, the Raiders finally returned to relative respectability this season by finishing at 8-8, sweeping their division and laying some impressive beatings on some respected teams.
However, true to the personality of the schizophrenic Raiders, they went 2-8 outside the division and lost horribly to some weak teams in very ugly fashion.
As a result, we are faced with an offseason in which, for once, we have a good, solid nucleus of players moving forward and real reason for true optimism going into 2011.
That is, once all the question marks get cleared up.
So as not to deviate from character, despite improvements across the board and the most successful season in nearly a decade, the Raiders served notice that Coach Tom Cable's job was immediately in jeopardy after the team decimated the previously undefeated at home Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead in one of their most impressive victories of the season.
Yes, the offseason in Oakland is always interesting, and though barely a week old, has already become so in 2011. Let's take a look at some of the things that have happened so far.
As we do, please bear in mind that my theory behind everything that happens in Raider Nation recently that doesn't seem to make sense is due to one reason alone: Al Davis, knowing his health is failing, wants one more shot at glory, and is desperate to make that happen.
As such he'll make head-scratching moves that, in his head, must serve to improve the team in the short term. In short, we as fans have the luxury of having time and patience to watch a team develop, as it should. His moves are with an eye to instant gratification, which as we all know doesn't usually work out well at all in the NFL. And hasn't, now has it?
Mr. Davis does not have much time left to see a winner, and runs the team with that desperation seeping through. As I said, just a theory, but one that seems to have evidence behind it.