The Las Vegas Raiders need to make some changes this off-season if they want to get back on track. No, really, there is a reason this team didn’t make the playoffs this year, and they did last year, and it needs to be fixed. As Raiders fans, you all already know exactly what I’m talking about.

This defense was awful. It was truly one of the worst defenses in the league, and it has been really bad for a while. I mean, since 2014 the Raiders haven’t had a defense ranked better than 20th, and have had a defense ranked 30th or worse three times.

So, I think the issue is clear considering this year was no different with the 28th-ranked defense. The Raiders need to make a change, and it needs to be within the coaching staff.

If I were Dave Ziegler, the general manager, or even Josh McDaniels, I’d find someone to replace Patrick Graham, the defensive coordinator, because what he was doing simply wasn’t working.

They don’t have a terrible roster on that side of the ball either, so there isn’t really an excuse for the defense to be the 28th-ranked. They had a guy in Maxx Crosby who could have won the Defensive Player of the Year Award had he been on a better defense.

They signed Chandler Jones this offseason, and Nate Hobbs started the season as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. This defense isn’t terrible on paper, but it isn’t amazing either.

The only other explanation is coaching. This offseason they should let Graham go, and there are a few guys that could possibly come in and do a better job.

I guys like Vic Fangio, and Brian Flores could be a better fit than Graham has been thus far.

This probably won’t happen, and McDaniels will likely try to keep his staff together to form some level of consistency, but I’m a firm believer it needs to happen. In fact, it needs to be the first thing to happen this summer.

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