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Kirwan: Raiders D Needs to Step it Up in 2010’s Pat Kirwan has an article up about some of the defenses that have to improve and step up in 2010, and one of those D’s is that of the Raiders. Here is what he had to say about them:

Oakland ranked 29th against the run last season, but addressed the issue by signing big John Henderson. Behind him is rookie Rolando McClain. Flanking McClain could be Wimbley or fellow newcomer Quentin Groves. The Raiders shuffled the deck in free agency and lost as many as they signed. Only time will tell if the moves were positive or negative. With JaMarcus Russell gone and Jason Campbell under center, the offense is stabilized. A more consistent offense will help the defense more than anything else. Despite the offensive issue, the defense had 37 sacks and allowed opponents to convert on only 35.6 percent of third downs. The Raiders face six teams with a winning record from last year and could be on their way back to respectability, especially if the defense can improve on the 20 turnovers they forced last season.

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