The Oakland Raiders continued their post-Al Davis era with a 4-12 season in 2013, a season in which they had very little chance of competing against the likes of the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. 2014 is a new games and for once it seems as if Oakland is at least taking some positive steps toward being competitive. Not big bites but hopeful little nibbles that have us thinking the Oakland Raiders are moving, slowly but surely, toward offering Raiders ticket buyers a full meal.
To begin with, we like the move for Matt Schaub. He’s certainly not an elite quarterback but he’s good enough to get the job done if you can get his mojo back. Having Greg Olson around to resurrect some self confidence will do Schaub a world of good and give Oakland some consistency. We also like the atmosphere around the running game where Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew could offer depth and consistency as well. McFadden has something to prove and his off-season work shows he knows it. Jones-Drew will be healthy for the first time in a couple of seasons and hopefully still has some go-go juice left in the tank. The addition of James Jones boosts a meager wide receiver group.
All Hail Kahlil Mack. This could be the best Raiders pick in a decade. Mack joins a pieced together Raiders defense that also welcomed veterans LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, not superstars but definite upgrades to a defensive line that badly needed some push. Throwing Mack into the linebacker spot, where he’ll be free to roam, changes the way Oakland plays defense.
2014 Oakland Raiders tickets won’t be the answer to a maiden’s prayer but they will allow fans to see some upward progress. Oakland is still recovering from Al Davis and will be as long as his son Mark Davis is around. Hopefully, the son will take a step back and let his people run the show.