Coming off a rough 4-12 season, the Oakland Raiders are ready to make their mark in the NFL.
Lead by head coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders will have a lot more new faces to work with during the course of the year. Some of the new faces that are expected to start include guys like quarterback Matt Flynn, linebacker Nick Roach, and defensive backs Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, and the legendary Charles Woodson.
Aside from those new guys, the team has also added young guys via the 2o13 NFL Draft like cornerback D.J. Hayden, and also some experienced veterans who will serve as backups, like Rashad Jennings, for example.
So it’s safe to say that the Raiders have improved their roster pretty drastically. But how much of the blame will head coach Dennis Allen take during the season?
Allen, the first defensive-minded Raiders head coach in a long time, served as the defensive coordinator for the elite Denver Broncos before he arrived in Oakland. I believe that Allen is currently working with a defense that has a lot of talent and potential. Their defensive backs and linebackers should know what they are doing out there and a defensive-minded coach like Allen should be able to succeed in bringing out all of the true potential that they have.
If the Raiders continue to allow teams to just easily pound in touchdowns against them then obviously Allen will take a lot of heat for it. Any head coach will. But with such a defense-orientated background and a talented defense behind him, fans may be lashing out at him even more.
It also goes without saying that any head coach would be heavily scrutinized if their team was struggling on offense and failing to put points up on the board. But a lot of this heat will be placed on new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, as he will be taking over the job of Greg Knapp, who produced horribly with the Raiders’ offense last season.
Allen will look to Olson for offensive strategies and I think a lot of pressure will be put on him. When teams struggle, fans always find someone to blame even though there are usually a lot of different reasons.
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