A chance to win a Super Bowl for the first time since the 1990s, a Superbowl win for the Raiders and an NFL title.
It’s a list of lofty expectations for a team that has had plenty of ups and downs, but the Raiders’ new stadium is making the process of building a contender for a championship more enjoyable and more entertaining.
After the Raiders spent nearly $2 billion on a new stadium and surrounding development, they’ve found a way to put their most famous players and most important players to work at the same time.
In the process, the Raiders have found themselves on the brink of another Super Bowl run, the first since the 1993 team finished with a Superdome championship.
They have a lot of work to do to get their best players back on the field, but they’ve got plenty of room to make the postseason and, with a new owner in place, the possibility of one.
“I think the more we get out there, the more excited we’ll be,” said general manager Reggie McKenzie, who signed the contract with $750 million in guaranteed money and $1 billion in franchise-record salary-cap space last summer.
“We’re going to have to have a new focus, new mentality, to be more competitive.”
What to know about the Raiders in 2019 The Raiders have made significant improvements at quarterback, with Derek Carr returning from his second ACL tear and Khalil Mack joining him in Oakland.
They’ve also signed the top defensive lineman in the NFL in Calais Campbell, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has become a key member of the defense.
The Raiders have the league’s best defense in 2019, and that defense should help them win games against the Broncos, Chiefs and Texans.
However, they need to get back to that level and improve in the other areas to make that happen.
“We have to get better in the secondary,” McKenzie said.
“There’s no question we’re a good secondary, but I think we’re getting better every week.
We have to find guys that we can play the same way that we played in the past. “
The secondary has to be better in general, because we’re going up against guys that are not as good as we think they are.
We have to find guys that we can play the same way that we played in the past.
We can’t just have guys that can play off the ball.
We need to make sure we have the ability to cover, and we need to continue improving our coverage and our play-action game.”
The Raiders will be without defensive end Michael Huff and cornerback Chris Jones for the start of training camp, but that’s not the end of the story.
The team also signed wide receiver Jordan Norwood, safety Marcus Cooper, running back David Wilson and linebacker Khalil Wilkins, who also is returning from an ACL injury.
It’s a group that could be a threat in 2018 and 2019, but also has a chance to become a Superstar in 2019.
“That’s why we’re excited about our group, because I think our group’s going to make an impact in 2019,” McKenzie added.
“You have a group of guys that you think have talent and know what they’re doing.
The 2018 season began with the team on the verge of making the playoffs, but a lot has changed since then.”
If they can make plays, if they can help our defense, we’re all in for a good year.”
The 2018 season began with the team on the verge of making the playoffs, but a lot has changed since then.
The most notable is that the Raiders lost two of their top four wide receivers to season-ending injuries.
The biggest change is that there’s a new front office with ownership backing the coaching staff and general manager.
“This organization, I think, will be a lot better for it,” McKenzie admitted.
“It’s just going to take time, because this is not just one year.
This is a long-term thing.
But I’m excited about the players.
I’m optimistic about our young guys.
I know we have some big-time young guys on the team.”
In addition to adding two players, McKenzie signed free agent cornerback Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract extension and signed veteran free agent receiver Donnie Avery to a two, four- and five-year deals.
The front office and coaching staff are expected to have the biggest impact on the 2018 team, but it’s not just on the coaching team.
General manager Reggie Davis is also expected to return to Oakland, but he will not return as general manager or coach.
That position is being filled by new defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The next group of players to get the most attention is cornerback T.J. Carrie.
The Raiders acquired Carrie from the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2017 draft and he could be the most intriguing player of the group.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carrie has had success as a pass rusher for the Buffalo defense, recording three interceptions in nine career games, including two last season.
Carrie, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL