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.