A 4-12 record in 2012 and salary cap restraints weighing heavily on them, the Oakland Raiders don't seem too fazed about their prospects for the upcoming season.
For GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen, it's been a slow process after Al Davis' death in rebuilding the team, but they feel it's about to pay dividends in th near future.
"It was Year 1 for all of us -- for Coach Allen, for myself, for our owner, Mark Davis," McKenzie told the Raiders' flagship station, 95.7 The Game, via the San Jose Mercury News. "(Allen) went through some growing pains, as well as I. This year he's much more comfortable. The way he wants his team to look, his staff, his philosophies, is much smoother."
The rebuilding takes on new look with quarterback Matt Flynn added to the mix. While reporters slammed the team as they watched a no-so-stellar showing by any of their QB during workouts, the Raiders have taken a "we know something you don't know" approach, writes Jerry McDonald.