With the help of one of the top shut down corners in the NFL (Asomugha).The Raiders passing defense ranked seventh in the overall in the league in 2009. The pass defense stood alone.
The primary reason why the passing defense did so well is the run defense was so poor, it ranked 29th in the NFL. Opposing teams ran all over the Raiders. Last year the raiders seem to get beat in that category in almost every game. It did not seem to help by being ranked 23rd in NFL on points against, averaging 23.7 points per game and giving up 155.5 rushing yards a game.
The dry deserted, that slept last season on the Raiders defense has resembled. The Raiders added great character, knowhow and talent. To form a defensive squad that has the willingness to grow and become leaders on the field. This type thinking can only lead to victories.
The Raider talent on defense once blends together can only move up in the right direction.
Richard Seymor, Kamerion Wimbley, John Henderson and the Rookies Ronaldo McClain and LaMarr Houston will guarantee the run defense will greatly improve this coming season. Trevor Scott, Quetin Groves and Matt Shaughnessy will be excellent at pressuring quarterback and containing running backs and tight ends on defense.