Offseason Playbook: Raiders
A look at Oakland's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- Greg Olson is the new coordinator and he will make some changes in this offense, especially in the running game. They have gone back and forth with zone and man-blocking schemes by the offensive line, but Olson will go with a physical man-blocking look that the coaches think fits the running style of their backs. This power gap style of blocking also seems to fit the guys up front. Their quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor, have very different skill sets so the coaches will be challenged to design an offense that maximizes those talents. Palmer is a pocket quarterback who will use play-action a lot if the running game is going well, and although he throws an excellent deep ball, this is more of a West Coast, short-to-intermediate passing game with precise routes. Even though this is a group of receivers with deep speed, we will see only occasional deep shots. For Pryor we will see some read-option plays with bootlegs and rollouts to get him outside the pocket and take advantage of his mobility. There is a lot of work to be done here.
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