Position by Position look at what should be a complete overhaul of Oakland Raiders

Obviously, the Nation knows what happened in Oakland against San Diego, where we got the help we needed, but choked and gave it to our archrival Denver Broncos. So, starting Monday, this team should rebuild itself at each position. I will say who stays, who goes, or who's on the fence


Carson Palmer- EDIT: Stays

Jason Campbell- EDIT: Goes

Kyle Boller- Goes

Terrelle Pryor- Stays

Look, Oakland gave now what will be a first and a 2013 second round pick for Carson Palmer, and it's time to cut our losses. He's 32 years old, and through 16 INTs in 9 games. Jason Campbell, all be it having Darren McFadden in the backfield, ran this offense better. I'd like Oakland to bring in Matt Flynn or Chad Henne is as competition for Campbell and to go forward with that until 2013, where if they struggle, we will look at a QB in 2013. Pryor will stay as the project that may be given a chance in late 2013-early 2014.

EDIT: After pondering it, I felt Palmer did really well yesterday. He wasn't the reason we lost. We shouldn't score 25+ and lose 4 times. Campbell could do well in Miami, and I sure hope he isn't Tebow's successor in Denver.

Running Back

Darren McFadden-Goes [via Trade]

Mike Bush-Stays

Taiwan Jones- Stays

Marcel Reece- Stays

Manese Tonga-Goes

Rock Cartwright-Goes

Mike Bush has been a horse for us, and is absolutely not someone we need to get rid of. Taiwan Jones was a steal in the 4th round, but he needs to take a Dexter McCluster-type role to stay healthy. Marcel Reece is the best FB in the NFL, so he will stay. McFadden needs to be traded and we cut our losses again. He is injury prone, and we cannot just leave Mike Bush by himself for 16 games in the NFL. A 2nd and 4th for McFadden would be a dream, and it'd also help us re cooperate some of the foolish pick spending of the last year. Rock Cartwright is a captain, but his penalty and mouth after such penalty against San Diego was not the act of a captain. Similar to Santonio Holmes giving up on New York.

Receiving Corps

Jacoby Ford-Stays

Denarius Moore-Stays

Darrius Heyward-Bey-Stays

Louis Murphy-Stays

Chaz Schilens-Stays

TJ Housmanzadeh- Goes

All the change needed here is cutting the worst signing of the year in TJ. Another Hue guy, just like Palmer, who also should leave. Maybe add another experienced receiver like Derek Hagan and this group is good to go.

Offensive Line

Jared Veldheer-Stays

Stefan Wisnewski- Stays

Samson Satele-Goes

Cooper Carlisle-Goes

Khalif Barnes-Goes

Stephon Heyer-Stays

Joe Barksdale-Stays

Wisnewski will be here and our center next year, as will our franchise LT Jared Veldheer. Stephon Heyer played one game at LG in San Diego, and our O-Line looked the best it did all season. Joe Barksdale could be in the works as a serviceable RT. Everyone else needs to go. Oakland should pursue a few veteran offensive lineman. My first choice for RG is Andre Gurode of Baltimore. A solid, pro bowl G that would be a great leadership figure on this line. Others could be Deuce Lutui of Arizona or Bobbie Williams of Cincinnati. For right tackle, I think the Raiders should go inter-division with RT Barry Richardson of Kansas City. He's a good tackle who was a bright spot on an overall weak Kansas City team. He protected Tyler Palko's blindside fairly well. Others could be OTs Demetrius Bell or Oniel Cousins (Buffalo and Cleveland)

Defensive Line

Richard Seymour-Stays

Tommy Kelly-Stays

Lamarr Houston- Stays

Jarvis Moss-Stays

Desmond Bryant-Stays

Matt Shaugnessy-Goes

I am a proponent of Oakland moving to the 3-4 Defense, with defensive ends Seymour, Houston, Bryant and Moss, and nose tackles Tommy Kelly and a free agent like Sione Pouha, as the Jets will be doing the same thing.

EDIT: I still stay Shaugnessy goes. He is injury prone and doesn't fit the 3-4 mold.


Rolando McClain-Stays

Aaron Curry-Stays

Kamerion Wimbley-Stays

Quentin Groves-Stays

Darryl Blackstock-Goes

Ricky Brown-Goes

We'll need a couple more 3-4 linebackers. Our starters right now will occupy 3 of the 4 linebacker slots, with the WILL linebacker still needing to be filled. I think we should go here with the compensatory 3rd rounder we get for Nnamdi Asomugha. Bobby Wagner from Utah State could be available there, or we could fill it through a free agent signing like Dan Connor from Carolina or Curtis Lofton from Atlanta.

Defensive Secondary

Stanford Routt-Stays

Lito Sheppard-Goes

DeMarcus Van Dyke-Goes

Chimdi Chekwa-Stays

Bryan McCann-Goes

Jerome Boyd-Goes

Hiram Eugene-Goes


Mike Huff-Goes

Matt Giordano-Stays

Tyvon Branch-Stays

Oh boy. By far the worst part of the Oakland Raiders. Giordano, Huff, and Branch should return as the safeties, with a late round pick backing up Branch. The cornerbacks will be completely turned over. The new regime will cut DVD, a mistake of a third rounder, McCann, Lito Sheppard, and Boyd. Routt will go opposite of a veteran free agent like Cortland Finnegan, Tracy Porter, or Terrell Thomas. If we get a 2nd rounder for McFadden, this will be the pick position if Trent Richardson doesn't slide to Round 2. Stephon Gilmore from South Carolina would be a great pick there. If these happen, the secondary should be better.

Special Teams

Really? Janikowski, Lechler, Condo, Ford, and Moore will all be back.

Coaching Staff

Hue Jackson-On the Fence

Chuck Breshnahan-GTFO

Al Saunders-Goes

GM?- Yes

Hue Jackson will likely be back, but I'm not sure he's right for the job. His team was out of control all season and he had no discipline or authority. Setting both penalty records is funny, but embarrassing at the same time. Chuck Breshnahan will be fired. Period. I like Jack Del Rio to replace Chuckie. And if we did replace Hue Jackson, I'd love love love Jeff Fisher for discipline.

The new GM should be John Madden. See John Elway. He's in the playoffs. Period.

Comment how you think we should improve the team or if you agree with my choices.

Twitter: @AustinS_57

2012 Raiders NFL Draft:

Round 5-George Iloka (S-Boise State)

Round 6-Patrick Edwards (WR- Houston)

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