The Las Vegas Raiders needed an overhaul on the defensive side of the ball, and the front office did a nice job accomplishing that this offseason.
Last season, the Las Vegas Raiders had one of the better offenses in the NFL, ranking within the top-10 in many statistical categories, and keeping the team in games week in, and week out. Unfortaintelt, the team got almost nothing on the defensive side of the ball, as they were atrocious on all three levels.
Young players struggled in their first, and second seasons in the league, and their key free-agent pickup, Cory Littleton, never felt comfortable in Paul Guenther’s system. Luckily for Littleton, Guenther was fired towards the end of the season, and he will breathe new life into his career with the arrival of Gus Bradley.
This offseason, it is clear that Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock made it a priority to revamp this defense, and they have done so in a big way via free agency, and the 2021 NFL Draft. There is a lot of youth, but also a ton of veteran talent as well, making this one of the more well-balanced defenses with have seen in the Silver and Black in quite some time.
Simply put, Las Vegas got better on all three levels of the defense.