The Kansas City Chiefs emerged as AFC west champions for the first time since 2003 what a shocker. At the same time their rival on the west the Silver and Black, Oakland Raiders won all their divisional games but ended up flat. Ending up as the first team in NFL history to win all their division games and still fail to make the playoffs.

Providing the Raiders a promising outlook of the season ahead with young talent, veteran leadership and drive from the new coaching staff to lead them to success.

But both teams need to be aware of the lightning bolts the San Diego Chargers that were punished but a severe injury bug last season that may have cost just enough to fail to win another division title.

The Shadow team of the AFC west is the Broncos right now they still don’t know who will start at quarterback and yes another new coaching staff but a complete overhaul or plays, schemes and strategies. Denver may be competitive but they will most likely not have the right stuff to win the Wild West of the AFC.

Opening the door to another chapter in Raiders football over the past eight years the once prominent franchise guard of the Black Hole failed to make the playoffs once again. They become the laughing stock of the NFL. Time and Time again they seem to fail to make the right decisions in the draft and coaching staff. But something sparked and change last season and it may just have been what the Raiders needed to get back in to thick of things. The hiring of offense coordinator Hue Jackson now head coach and developing a great overall draft for the 2010 season. The Raiders finally started to benefit from making good trades like picking up Jason Campbell and selecting Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston, and Rolando McLain in the draft last April.

Looking like the team is on the right track may not be the flashiest of teams but they appear to have some sort of stability like their quarterback Campbell. On defense everything seems to be on the right path to success with the additions of veteran leadership from Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley the team only improved their pass rushing capabilities drastically.

Coach Jackson, seems well in control off the Raiders and is ready to squeeze the production of the team back in gear to head to the playoffs. Despite the criticism on all angles from the media and fan alike the last several years. Coach Jackson is not afraid to tell it like it is, providing a completely new directive to toss out the past and move ahead with a new prospective, then one leaving the talent limited in production or a head coach providing everyone scratching their heads.

Hue Jackson, tells the media like it is and is not afraid to take on any questions something the Raiders Nation has not see since John Gruden coached Oakland. The new coaching staff is filled with gurus of the game and ex players who are specialist to guide the Raiders in the right direction.

Watch out the Raiders will be out on the attack. They can only be moving forward. However, every team has their question marks to the coming season and especially with the lockout swirling through the league many NFL players are still left in free agency this late into the offseason. 

The Raiders may return to the greatness soon but still have some issues the team needs to resolve once free agency reopens. Owner Al Davis, needs to look into secondary and make a decisive decisions to act upon his star veteran free agent immediately Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is the most prized free agent in this year’s class, and will probably be out the door unless the Raiders find some way to keep him - as is safety Michael Huff. Replacing two starters in the secondary is undoubtedly going to set this defense back from the strides they made in 2010. 


Another stand out free agent that will not be returning to Oakland is Robert Gallery, who despite never living up to his high draft pick but has been a solid player at guard. He shown has been huge in the running attack that carried this team over the past few years. The Raiders have tried to make up for their deficiencies on the offensive line in this year’s draft, including using their first pick on center Steven Wisniewski out of Penn State. 

They may try to resign one of these players but the others may come down to filling in the hole from another talented available free agent or sticking with their young talent.

In the past few seasons the Raiders have found some young talent at the skilled positions, such as Louis Murphy and Darren McFadden, but running back Michael Bush is now a free agent. However, prior to the lockout they did provide him and tight-end Zach Miller a tender in hopes they both return.

On top of that, 2009 first round pick wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is looking more and more like a bust every year. If DHB fails to improve, the Raiders may temp to lock down a veteran free agent at wide receiver.

Exciting as it was to capture all eyes on the Raiders making improvements. Oakland still needs to develop and continue to pursue to retain their excellence they were once known for. As we all saw last year to capture the AFC west you need lots more power in as team than just winning all your division games to gain the division crown. Keeping that all in mind it will be a very tight battle this season between last year’s division winners the Chiefs and Chargers. If the Raiders can develop the right mind set and an extra charge Oakland may just be on their way to playoff contention once again.

Will they have the magic to shine on top of the AFC west remains in question but they seen to have the right directive led by superior coaching staff and veteran leadership a team needs to win.

Coach Jackson, seems well in control off the Raiders and is ready to squeeze the production of the team back in gear to head to the playoffs. Despite the criticism on all angles from the media and fan alike the last several years. Coach Jackson is not afraid to tell it like it is, providing a completely new directive to toss out the past and move ahead with a new prospective, then one leaving the talent limited in production or a head coach providing everyone scratching their heads.

Hue Jackson, tells the media like it is and is not afraid to take on any questions something the Raiders Nation has not see since John Gruden coached Oakland. The new coaching staff is filled with gurus of the game and ex players who are specialist to guide the Raiders in the right direction.

Watch out the Raiders will be on their attack they can only be moving forward. However, every team has their question marks to the coming season and especially with the lockout swirling in the NFL players in free agency are in

The Raiders may return to the greatness soon but still have some issues the team needs to resolve once free agency reopens. Owner Al Davis, needs to look into secondary and make a decisive decisions to act upon his star veteran free agent immediately Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is the most prized free agent in this year’s class, and will probably be out the door unless the Raiders find some way to keep him - as is safety Michael Huff. Replacing two starters in the secondary is undoubtedly going to set this defense back from the strides they made in 2010. 

Another stand out free agent that will not be returning to Oakland is Robert Gallery, who despite never living up to his high draft pick but has been a solid player at guard. He shown has been huge in the running attack that carried this team over the past few years. The Raiders have tried to make up for their deficiencies on the offensive line in this year’s draft, including using their first pick on center Steven Wisniewski out of Penn State. They may try to resign one of these players but the others may come down to filling in the hole from another talented available free agent or sticking with their young talent.

In the past few seasons the Raiders have found some young talent at the skilled positions, such as Louis Murphy and Darren McFadden, but running back Michael Bush is now a free agent. However, prior to the lockout they did provide him and tight-end Zach Miller a tender in hopes they both return.

On top of that, 2009 first round pick wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is looking more and more like a bust every year. If Heyward-Bey fails to improve, the Raiders may temp to lock down a veteran free agent at wide receiver.

Exciting as it was to capture all eyes on the Raiders making improvements. Oakland still needs to develop and continue to pursue to retain their excellence they were once known for. As we all saw last year to capture the AFC west you need lots more power in as team than just winning all your division games to gain the division crown. Keeping that all in mind it will be a very tight battle this season between last year’s division winners the Chiefs and Chargers. If the Raiders can develop the right mind set and an extra charge Oakland may just be on their way to playoff contention once again.

Will they have the magic to shine on top of the AFC west remains in question but they seen to have the right directive led by superior coaching staff and veteran leadership a team needs to win.