The Raiders had a few basic goals this offseason: Improve the rush defense without sacrificing a pass rush, protect the QB, improve the return game, and acquire a better QB.
I'm not sure even the Raiders believed they could address all these goals like they wanted to, but they did about as good as you could hope for them to do.
There are still lingering questions the Raiders must answer before they play a regular season game in 2010.
1 – Can Rolando McClain play three downs and cover a running back or tight end?
2 – Will Lamarr Houston make an impact against the run in the base 4-3 and 3-4?
3 – How long will it take Jared Veldheer to catch up to the speed of the NFL game?
4 – Will Bruce Campbell put the effort in to improve his technique?
5 – Does Jacoby Ford have the ability and hands to go along with the speed that will make him a good return man and slot receiver?
6 – Will Quentin Groves develop into something more than he was for two seasons in Jacksonville?
7 – Will Jason Campbell continue to improve with yet another offensive coordinator?
8 – Will Kamerion Wimbley turn back into what he was two years ago?
9 – Will there be a three-man front and who will play nose tackle?
10 – Will Mario Henderson keep Jason Campbell healthy and off his back?
The Raiders first mini-camp comes up this weekend; maybe we will get the answers to a couple of these questions then.