May 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen addresses the media in a press conference during rookie minicamp at the Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What the Oakland Raiders Could be in 2013

May 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen addresses the media in a press conference during rookie minicamp at the Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Potential is a word used all too much with Oakland. And after a draft filled with ‘boom or bust’ players, the Raiders find themselves in a unique situation. So lets take a look at the worst and best case scenarios for the Oakland Raiders in 2013.

Worst Case Scenario

The season starts minus any extra free agent signings. No help on the defensive line, and no Charles Woodson.

Injuries begin to take their toll. Jacoby Ford and Daren McFadden find themselves on the PUP list and on their way out of Oakland. The defense gets a share of injuries as well. Tracy Porter and Pat Sims are done before week 6.

Rookie D.J. Hayden lacks solid veteran leadership, and suffers a mediocre season. Sio Moore finds himself in trouble with the law and is suspended for multiple games.

The quarterback position is up for grabs all season long. All three quarterbacks start multiple times, but lack the ability to get the job done.

Another 4 win season sets in on Oakland.

Best Case Scenario

Charles Woodson arrives in Oakland to a warm welcome held by Raider Nation. Fans swarm Raider headquarters, and Woodson has no choice but to leave a Oakland Raider.

The signing of Woodson turns the big head of Richard Seymour. Number 92 is given back to the defensive tackle and the line becomes a force to be reckoned with.

The season starts without injury and Sio Moor, Tyler Wilson, and D.J. Hayden all find themselves as impact rookies.

The offense is back to its domineering run game led by Darren McFadden and Menelik Watson. Josh Cribbs, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, and Rod Streater create the most dynamic receiving corp in the nation.

The rebuilding season 2013 once was is gone as Oakland marches to the playoffs.

The one year contracts in the linebacking unit show their skill in the playoffs.

The 12 win team contends for a sixth Super Bowl.

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  • Pridenpoise

    Split the difference.

  • jperkel

    Sorry, but lame post. Here’s a more realistic best case scenario: Hayden proves to be a promising starting CB, w/ or w/o Woodson. Sio Moore proves talented enough to start and racks up a handful of sacks off the edge. Wilson proves to be a capable backup with starter abilities in the future. Flynn proves McKenzie right and has a solid season starting all the way through. They work in some effective packages for Pryor as an exciting change of pace QB. Burris continues to develop into a solid LB. Latavius Murray is more than just a physical specimen and he and Jennings combine to add much needed depth to the running game. DMC misses less than 4 games because of injury and racks up 1,000+ yards. One of the rookie TEs challenges Ausberry for the starting TE slot and grabs 30+ receptions. The o-line solidifies into an effective unit and blocks well consistently in Olsen’s power blocking scheme. The Raiders challenge for a wildcard playoff slot and look like a team that will go much further in the 2014 season. The end.

  • Matthew

    What a stupid post….

  • AP

    As a nearly life long member of the Nation and a season ticket holder since before the days of the Los Angeles Coliseum anyone who sees more than maybe three wins this season is drinking something that should be shared. We are an expansion team at best and I very much look forward to contending in 2014.

  • Kyle

    You have to be more realistic. Best case scenario is eight wins and a look in the right direction.

  • Phil A Bole

    Best case scenereo; Jim ling gets fired and can never write another lame article. Worst case scenereo; jim ling actually has someone besides his mother that wants to read another piece of monkey dung he calls writing.

  • Jerry Watson Sr

    I don’t know what this guy is on, but he is whacked, if we win 8 i will be a very happy camper this year

  • Jared Myers

    I think the Raiders will be one of those teams who will be competitive, but come up on the losing end of a lot of close games. I see them finishing 6-10, but showing real signs of improvement. Watch out for 2015 and beyond.

  • CognizantImpiety

    Seymour? Crazy as hell, you.

  • Raider Grant

    I sure hope the worst case scenario doesn’t come to fruition by the end of next season, and the best case scenario has worst odds to take place then Powerball. I believe our boys will come together as a whole on both sides of the ball & be competitive in most of our scheduled games. Things are most likely going to start a little slow,but watch it come together by seasons end. High hopes since the draft & Woodson signing,7-9! Go Raiderrrrs!!!!

  • Cetswayo Dawson

    I didn’t expect to find comedy in a sports post, but I’m not going to knock Ling for it. Wins and losses aside I think the best case scenario is we find our new core group of players to build around and be excited about. I don’t expect many wins this season. I hope those players are Pryor, Murray, Sio, Hayden, Streater, Brice Butler, M. Watson, Ausberry