Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

January 9, 2009
Revisting history

The Raiders were kind enough to send out this note. In turn, I'm passing it along.

The Miami Dolphins going from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 in 2008 tied the 1998 Indianapolis Colts who were 13-3 after going 3-13 a year earlier for the biggest improvement in wins (10) in league history.

But the Raiders, who are always aware of the franchise's place in history, want you to know that's not the biggest improvement in the history of pro football (i.e., before the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL).

The 1963 Raiders were 10-4 in Al Davis' first season with the team as coach and general manager, after a 1-13 1962 which gives the Raiders a greater improvement in winning percentage. Davis was named Pro Football Coach of the Year for his efforts.

The Raiders .6429 improvement in their win percentage is better than the .625 improvement by the Dolphins and Colts.

If the Raiders want to have the best single-season turnaround in NFL history, they'd need to go 15-1 in 2009. That would be an 11-game improvement over their 4-12 2008 and a .6875 winning percentage differential.

Excuse my brain freeze and thanks to Kurtis for alerting me of this. The Raiders were 5-11 last season so they'd have to go 16-0 for an 11-game improvement, for that same .6875 differential.

*While admitting Winston Moss' name has been mentioned as a coaching candidate, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said all of the speculation regarding positions on the staff is just that.

Ed Donatell's name surfaced as a candidate to be the team's defensive coordinator and Lionel Washington as a defensive backs coach in different reports.

Herrera said who ever the next head coach is would have plenty of say as to who would be on the staff, noting Lane Kiffin brought in 15 new coaches.

And as of now, the Raiders still don't have a head coach.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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