Let’s face facts, the Oakland Raiders were the laughing stock of the NFL for YEARS and just when it looked like things were getting better with back to back 8-8 seasons, it all came crashing down again. General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen ran the team with huge disadvantages the past two seasons but are finally free of those for 2014.
As a result, they went out in free agency and overhauled almost the entire team, starting with the offensive and defensive lines. But despite drastically improving the roster (it is impossible to argue the roster is not better), the focus of most in the media was on the fact that many of the free agents signed were older. Almost immediately, jokes about the age of the Raiders began to fall like hail in a storm. This despite the fact that at least one fourth of the Raiders roster is likely going to be rookie and second year players.
Last week, Mike Florio and Pro Football Talk ranked the Raiders dead last in their offseason power rankings. Now, ESPN has made a list of future power rankings based on how they expect teams to perform over the next three years. (You need to pay extra dollar dollar bills to read it because it is an Insider piece). Not surprisingly, the Raiders once again find themselves dead last in the league.
The primary factors ESPN considered when it came to the Raiders was the uncertainty of the QB position for the future and of course, the age of the free agents signed this offseason.