10 reasons the Oakland Raiders could make the playoffs in 2015

Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders helmet on the turf during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders helmet on the turf during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 24, 2014; Bagshot, UNITED KINGDOM; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen at press conference at Pennyhill Park Hotel in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2014; Bagshot, UNITED KINGDOM; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen at press conference at Pennyhill Park Hotel in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

No more Dennis Allen

Poor Dennis Allen had no idea what he was getting into when he signed on to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Under him, the Raiders were lethargic defensively and easy prey on offense. After a 0-4 start, Allen was fired, leaving him with an 8-28 record overall and without a win against a winning team.

After bringing on interim Tony Sporano, the team lost six more straight, becoming the earliest team in a decade to be eliminated from the playoffs. While they showed some competitiveness at the end of the season, the Raiders still were among the worst teams in the league record-wise.

Bringing in Jack Del Rio is a move that makes sense for the Raiders. As head coach of the Jaguars, he consistently led teams that overachieved and made the playoffs. David-Freakin-Garrard was a playoff quarterback for the Jags, so the Raiders have the opportunity to improve this season.

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