There is a lot of youth in Oakland, and they will have to step up and show they are ready to take the team to the next level. Guys like Rolando McClain, Tyvon Branch, Lamarr Houston, Matt Shaughnessy and others will have to show they are ready to lead the defense.
Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy and the offensive line will have to show that players in their early 20s can execute and make plays in the NFL.
These players still have veterans like Richard Seymour and Jason Campbell to look up to for guidance, but their time is now. It's time for them to step up on and off the field.
If these young players can be true professionals and show up everyday to be the best, not only will the Raiders be successful in 2011, but they will be great for years to come.
The Manning and Brady Era is coming to an end soon. Most of the solid and young quarterbacks are in the NFC now. Most of the top AFC quarterbacks are in their 30s or approaching their 30s.
A youth movement is coming to the AFC, and the Raiders have an opportunity to usher in the new era in 2011.
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