After an offseason filled with negative media reports out of OTA’s and minicamp and roster turnover at nearly every position, the experts from NFL.com have decided that the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in the NFL in their newest preseason power rankings.
The much worse Jacksonville Jaguars were the last team to hold the dreaded 32nd slot in the power rankings, yetjust following the 2013 draft, the Raiders have somehow taken their spot with negative attention surrounding the organization and the Raiders rebuilding for 2014.
Here is what Elliot Harrison had to say about their ranking, comparing the Raiders to an expansion team. Harrison feels the Raiders team is far away from a team built with a full lineup of NFL starters on offense and defense.
“No offense intended, but these Oakland Raiders feel like an expansion team. Get this: The Raiders likely will have 14 new starters — out of 22 — when they play the Colts in Week 1. Oh, and a new punter, too. Still, this is the right way for GM Reggie McKenzie to proceed. Blow the thing up, get the dead money off the books and start developing talent. That’s what those Colts did in 2012. Get started with gettin’ started.”
A little bit of bad press can go a long way to convincing media members to write off a team that had low expectations in the first place, but to say the Raiders will be worse than the Jaguars is a low blow as Reggie McKenzie attempts to build a winner in Oakland. With low expectations, the Raiders can prove the doubters wrong, but for now it seems that everyone around the league is writing the Raiders off an labeling them as a favorite to take the first overall pick in next year’s draft.