2011 NFL Season: Top 5 Reasons Why 2011 Is Not the Oakland Raiders' Year
The Raiders finally turned in a .500 season, and what does Al Davis do?
He fires his head coach Tom Cable and hires Hue Jackson, former offensive coordinator, to run the team. Jackson hasn't had a chance to prove himself yet, but it is already a bad start to the 2011 season.
The Raiders had their first 8-8 season since their run to the Super Bowl in 2002, and it doesn't appear that they will improve next year.
5. Loss of Nnamdi Asomugha
Loosing Nnamdi is as big of a loss as any, and it will critically weaken the Raiders defense next year.
The secondary was one of the strong points of the 2010 season for the Raiders, and without a shutdown corner, it will be hard to shut down opposing passing attacks.
Unless the Raiders are able to find another lockdown corner, the defense will be weak and unable to get the job done.
4. Poor Receivers
While Jacoby Ford was a pleasant surprise and Zach Miller was a great receiving TE last year, the Raiders have serious problems at the receiver position.
The problems begin with Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Raiders wasted a first-round pick on him, and he hasn't really done anything for them. He has no hands, is particularly good with the ball in his hands and is just a reminder of poor drafting.
Louis Murphy has been mediocre and could be better. The passing attack is not very effective, and if not for Darren McFadden catching the ball out of the backfield, the offense would have put up even worse numbers. This most likely won't change very much this year.
The Quarterback Position
The Raiders are very weak at the quarterback position.
It doesn't matter if Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski is playing QB. Either way, the passing attack doesn't get much help from the player throwing the passes. This position is going to continue to limit what the Raiders are able to do on offense next year and will prevent them from growing and getting better.
Firing Tom Cable in Favor of Hue Jackson
Whether or not Hue Jackson will be a good coach in the long-term remains to be seen. What we do know is that Tom Cable had the team going in the right direction.
They had won eight games for the first time since 2002 and was improving the team in each and every game. Apparently that improvement wasn't quick enough, and he was axed. Too much change is a bad thing, and that Raiders have had more than their fair share of coaching changes in the last 10 years. This move alone could send the Raiders back five years.
1. Al Davis Is Still the Owner
The Raiders will never drastically improve as long as Al Davis is the owner.
It is entirely possible that he knows a lot about the sport of football, but he does not know how to run the Raiders. He has wasted draft pick after draft pick. He has fired coach after coach. He has brought in countless players, and in the last eight years, he has not been able to improve the team and make it a Super Bowl-contending team. He has limited growth, and because of him, the Raiders will have a hard time improving next year and will most likely cause them to loose more games than last year.