I'm sure you all remember the old expression, "If you can't beat them, join them." In the Oakland Raiders case, it needs to be, "If you can't beat them, you need to bring them back."
After the beating they took from the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders should take a good look at their blueprint. They'd see a big-play offense and physical, turnover-forcing defense that harasses quarterbacks.
Add stopping the run and you have the original blueprint the old Raiders were built on. It's no accident to me that some of the builders on the Packers coaching staff and front office are members of the Raiders family.
Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is trying to establish the Patriot way he had in New England last decade. John Elway is in Denver bringing back the Mile High magic he had as a player through Tim Tebow.
As long as Philip Rivers, the modern-day Dan Fouts, is in San Diego with the Chargers, their brand remains the same. With this in the division, the Raiders need to take back their blueprint from the Packers.
The quick-strike offense is already there when healthy, but the 3-4 defensive scheme is where they should start. If you look at the Raiders defensive personnel, you can see that the 3-4 could make their defense dominant.
It would also bring more of the Raiders family back home.
Turn the page to see how they might and should try to make this work.