The Raiders Defense improved significantly last season advancing from a 26th overall D in '09 to Rank as the 11th best Defense in '10. The Rookie (Houston, McClain) and FA (Wimbley, Henderson) acquisitions played a significant part in that improvement; but that wasn't the only reason. Several Raider veterans improved their game significantly last season too.
These Raider defenders raised their level of play significantly last season:
Matt Shaughnessy - went from 26 solo tackles and 4 sacks in '09 to 43 solo tackles and 7 sacks in '10.
Matt Shaughnessy defended his right-end territory heroically throughout the season ... and created confusion and terror in our opponents' backfield
Matt disturbing the peace in Jacksonville.
Richard Seymour - went from 30 solo tackles and 4 sacs in '09 to 36 solo tackles and 5.5 sacks - and emerged as the essential leader of the Silver & Black.
Kelly and Shaughnessy celebrate one of Seymours' sacks
Tommy Kelly - went from 37 solo tackles and 1 sack in '09 to 38 solo tackles and 7 sacks.
Tommy Kelly forces a fumble out of Chief RB Thomas Jones
Stanford Routt - who played behind Chris Johnson in '09, made the Pro-Bowl in '10 as an alternate having 49 solo tackles, 15 passes defended, 2 interceptions (one taken to the house).