The first season of the new regime in Oakland got off to a rough start with the Raiders winning just four games and often being uncompetitive one year after being on the brink of the playoffs.
Year two could be even more difficult after second-year general manager Reggie McKenzie spent much of the offseason shedding big names and big salaries as part of a necessary rebuilding process as the Raiders try to end a stretch of 10 straight non-winning seasons.
''I'm getting used to it. But it's for a good reason,'' said kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the longest tenured Raider in his 13th season with the team. ''We need to change and we need to change now.''
There will be at least eight new starters on defense, no quarterback who has made more than two starts in the NFL and a collection of low-priced free agents looking to prove themselves to the rest of the NFL.
It's all part of a near-complete overhaul of the team McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen inherited following the 2011 season wit...