Oakland Raiders: Some Dos and Don'ts for the 2011 Season

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Oakland Raiders: Some Dos and Don'ts for the 2011 Season
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Carlisle has been much maligned by Raider Nation, including your's truly. But is it fair?

The Oakland Raiders enter the 2011 season brimming with optimism and looking to build upon 2010 where they greatly improved in the running game, passing game, pass rush and overall play.

With the lockout still stifling any real football news, everyone with an opinion has been speculating on what may happen in various free agent scenarios, trade rumours and the supplemental draft.

I mean, when Rich Eisen is admittedly wasting time with an entertaining but redundant seven-minute segment of detailed analysis on Mark Sanchez's sandwich preferences, you know material is a little thin.

The growing popularity of sports writing sites such as B/R has given everyone with an opinion, two fingers and a keyboard a forum to voice their thoughts. Since most people—myself heavily included— think their thoughts are profound and need to be shared, the Internet sports writing niche has exploded. 

Couple a zillion new writers with a lack of new, fresh material to write about and nary a stone has been left unturned when it comes to speculating on the NFL these days. 

The Raiders are no exception; when Bronco fans are writing articles about where Nnamdi Asomugha might end up, you know things are getting out of control. We need tangible football, and soon.

I have some ideas about what the Raiders should and should not do in the upcoming season. Some may surprise you.

Like my take on the guy in the picture.

Move forward and see what I'm feeling for the 2011 season. Based on salary cap, free agency rules and other such administrative trappings, these ideas are subject to change once a CBA is in place.

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