The Oakland Raiders will finish in last place this year. And history will eventually judge this season as the most impressive and important since Rich Gannon led the Raiders to the 2003 Super Bowl.
Finally, after years of confusion, chaos, and a commitment to the total antithesis of excellence, the Oakland Raiders have become a football team.
With every move, whether it is trimming the salary cap fat from the prior regime or tempo in practice, a Raiders fan has to be more convinced than ever that general manager (imagine that, a GM in Oakland) Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen are the right combination to take the Raiders out of the woods, into the football world in 2012, and eventually into the playoffs.
Al Davis was a genius. He built some epic Raiders teams. But, you could argue, and I have, that the game passed him over the last 10 years. Perhaps he hired the wrong people. Perhaps, his control of everything, his archaic ways, forcing assistants on the head coach, were co...