Do the Oakland Raiders Really Have the Worst Roster in the NFL?

June 26, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Oakland Raiders were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season—winning only four games makes that an irrefutable fact.
Although it's an opinion, it’s totally reasonable to say that the Raiders still have one of the worst rosters in the league.
Do the Raiders have the worst roster? Perhaps they do, but that doesn’t mean their record will reflect it. Even bad teams can win seven or eight games.
Every team in the NFL makes offseason changes to try to get better—some will get better and others will get worse. Some analysts believe the Raiders got worse and will therefore remain one of the worst teams in the league.
Some analysts also equate roster talent with team record, but that’s a big mistake. Regression and progression toward the mean is the norm in the NFL because that’s what history shows.

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Since 2008, only one NFL team that finished with four or fewer wins failed to improve their record ...

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