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Have we lost too many good players, or is that BS?

Thought I'd provide a distraction from the debacle we just witnessed with a little bit of good news :)

Two years ago in the 2012 season, our Raiders went 8-8. This year, the prevailing wisdom says we've lost too many good players since then, w/o replacing them.

So I thought I'd take a moment to think about this claim, breaking down the key players (either starters or guys who played a lot) we've lost since that team, and who we've picked up, and whether or not these changes are an overall upgrade, or downgrade.

I've rated them by position, and assigned a value between -4 and +4 per player. Here's what I come up with:

Nobody --> T. Jones (huge upgrade) + 4

Campbell --> Palmer (good upgrade) + 3

Chaz, Murphy, Higgins --> Moore, Streater, Criner (good upgrade) +9

J. Henderson --> Tollefson (decent upgrade due to Henderson's age) + 2

Boller, Grads --> Leinart, Pryor (decent upgrade) +4

Wimbley, Groves, T. Howard, R. Brown, B. Davis --> Wheeler, Curry, Burriss, Kilgore, Ihenacho (small upgrade) +5

N. Miller --> McCann (even) 0

Cable, Hubris, Marshall --> Allen, Knapp, Tarver (huge ? marks here, but lets hope this is at least even)

Satele, Walker, Gallery, M. Henderson --> Lil' Wiz, Brisiel, Bergstrom, Barksdale (small downgrade) -4

Eugene --> Giordano (small downgrade due to Eugene being ST stud) -1

Zach Miller, Myers --> Myers, Gordon (huge downgrade) -4 (since only one player changed)

Nnamdi, Routt --> Bartell, Spencer (huge downgrade) -8

Bush --> Goodson or Miller (huge downgrade) -4

Cartwright --> Nobody (huge downgrade) -4

Totals:

Upgrades: 27 pts

Downgrades: 25 pts

There you have it ... damn close to even, and if anything, I think we're better now.

My assessment is that the mediot's (that's for you, PR :)) claims that the Raiders have just lost too many good players w/o replacing them rings a bit hollow. Overall I think the quality of this team matches up well with our 8-8 2010 team, and I predict a similar finish. Due to the (overall mediocre) quality of the the rest of the West, I think this season will stay exciting right up to the final 2 weeks, with the Raiders in the hunt the whole year.

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