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Al Davis Must Have Taken a Global View Of Oakland Raiders Performance in 2010

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJanuary 11, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 23:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a news conference introducing new Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin on January 23, 2007 in Oakland, California. Kiffin, a 31 year-old offensive coordinator from the University of Southern California, was named as the new head coach to replace Art Shell who was fired after going 2-14 for the season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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There are levels of excellence and if we take a global view, we see that the Oakland Raiders stand to improve in several categories.

Look at the amount of wins per division, provided by Pro Football Reference website:

AFC

 

 

 

East

North

South

West

14

12

10

10

11

12

8

9

7

5

6

8

4

4

6

4

36

33

30

31

 

 

 

 

NFC

 

 

 

East

North

South

West

10

11

13

7

10

10

11

7

6

6

10

6

6

6

2

5

32

33

36

25

Several observations can be made.

1. The stronger divisions, according to this data are AFC East and NFC South, both had 36 total wins for all of the teams in each division.

2. The weakest division is NFC West with 25 total wins for all teams in that division.

3. Although the Oakland Raiders brag a 6-0 in one category, in this global analysis, the Raiders are ranked three in the AFC West in terms of total wins.

4.  Of the four teams in the AFC West, the total wins, respectively, for each team were ten, nine, eight, and four, with the Oakland Raiders having eight wins.

5. The NFL team with the most wins in the 2010 regular season had 14 wins.

6. Seven teams had a 6-10 record. The teams were Titans, Texans, Cowboys, Redskins, Lions, Vikings and 49ers.

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7. The team with the worst win-loss record in 2010 was the Panthers. They had only two wins.

8. Oakland improved but it seems they were a part of one of the weakest divisions.

9. Oakland improved above five wins, moving up to eight wins. In the AFC West, however, two teams won more games. They were the Chiefs and the Chargers.

10. Ironically, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers, not once, but twice in the 2010 season. The scores were:

Oakland 23  Chiefs 20

Oakland 31 Chiefs 10

Oakland 35 Chargers 27

Oakland 28 Chargers 13

Conclusion

This research shows a strange pattern in the Oakland Raiders performance data. No doubt the strange pattern is the reason Tom Cable was fired.

Admittedly, the situation is complex. The experts would probably tell us that coaching and playcalling, if well-informed and consistent, just might eliminate these types of anomalies,

Al Davis is a football expert. Surely, he has looked at the complex situation, using data, both local and global as well as insight and intuition about the game. His commitment to excellence is driving him to a place that some folks cannot see. That place, however, is to build a team that stands out consistently in every category.

Clearly, this study shows places where the Oakland Raiders can improve in the categories that admit measurability and observability.

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