The Oakland Raiders have not been part of the post season in 13 years. After a group of seven different head coaches have tried, new hire Jack Del Rio will attempt to return the once dominant franchise to glory in the 2015 season and beyond. In 2014, the Raiders ranked last in total offense, last in rushing and 26th in passing. With a new offensive coordinator in Bill Musgrave, the hope is for steady improvement. Alabama’s Amari Cooper was Oakland’s fourth overall selection in the 2015 draft and will be a true number one wideout in this offense. Michael Crabtree, who signed as a free agent from the 49ers will most likely be opposite Cooper giving second-year quarterback Derek Carr two sets of solid hands who know how to get open. In the backfield, it appears that Latavius Murray is ready to take on the starting role after Darren McFadden signed elsewhere during free agency and Maurice Jones-Drew opted for retirement. Roy Helu Jr. should provide a decent change of pace and Trent Richardson will attempt to see the field in what could be his last chance. Defensively, the Raiders gave up a dismal 28.2 points per game, more than any other team in the NFL last season. New defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has his hands full but has a good base to work with starting
with outside linebacker Khalil Mack who had a solid rookie season in 2014. Oakland added nose tackle Dan Williams who has had some character issues but if plays hard is a stout run defender. Free safety Charles Woodson, who turns 39 during the season, should provide the necessary leadership in his 18th NFL season to turn it around and help keep this team in games this season.
The Raiders do seem to be on the rise after back to back successful drafts. The additions of Mack, Cooper and Carr have elevated their overall talent setting up this team for a successful future in the NFL. This is good news for Raiders ticket holders as they are a very loyal bunch and are eager to see their franchise back on top. Be sure to purchase your Oakland Raiders tickets, don your silver and black and support this young and exciting team.