There are some perks that come with being a 4-12 team. For one you assure your loyal and faithful fans that there is no reason to raise expectations week-in and week-out. That makes for a lot less heartache even if it increases angst.
The other benefit is that you’re first in line to get a crack at getting more help.
Already the Oakland Raiders are locked in at the third overall pick for the 2013 NFL Draft, a slot that will have ample prospects available for Reggie McKenzie to get his GM hands on. But thanks to the uncertainty of the coaching staffs of the teams picking in front of Oakland the Raiders will be sending their staff to Mobile, Alabama, to coach up the North squad in the Senior Bowl.
That means Dennis Allen and his staff will get a good look at some of the prospects entering the draft as they’ll be coaching them up throughout the week leading up to and during the game.
Of course Oakland’s staff isn’t complete yet. Greg Knapp and three other coaches were shown the exit on Black Monday. Just who will be coordinating the offense for the North team let alone the Raiders this year remains to be seen.