FIVE THINGS THAT WENT RIGHT
1. Hiring offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. He transformed the Raiders offense into one of the league's most-balanced attacks and more than doubled the point total from last season. He also freed up coach Tom Cable, the offensive play-caller in 2009, to devote more time to his other responsibilities.
2. The NFL draft. Cable graded the Raiders nine selections an A-plus, and it's difficult to argue. Four players developed into starters and major contributors. Four others received playing time and helped out when needed.
3. Trading for quarterback Jason Campbell. He helped the Raiders bolster one of the league's worst passing attacks and put behind them the disastrous three-year reign of JaMarcus Russell. Quarterback no longer is a lingering question mark or glaring weakness.
4. Hiring defensive line coach Mike Waufle. The Raiders finished second in sacks and percentage of passes completed against. Waufle's work with the defensive linemen played an integral part in the success in both categories.
5. Sticking with running back Darren McFadden and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. The Raiders kept the faith that both players had the ability to be dominant players. Sure enough, McFadden developed into an elite all-around back and Kelly matured into a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
FIVE THINGS THAT WENT WRONG
1. Consistency. The Raiders dominated AFC West opponents, but they struggled against their 10 non-divisional foes. The inability to get up for teams outside the AFC West cost the Raiders a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
2. Run defense. The Raiders shined against the run when playing divisional opponents but they allowed almost 200 yards per game in their 10 other games. Again, long runs plagued the Raiders.
3. Pass coverage. The Raiders were second against the pass in terms of average yards allowed per game. However, they allowed 29 touchdown passes, fifth-most in the league.
4. Penalties. The Raiders led the league with 138 penalties for 1,276 yards. Cable cited his team's aggressive play with being at the root of the problem. In reality, the Raiders committed too many senseless penalties that weren't of an aggressive nature.
5. Handling of quarterbacks. Cable and Jackson benched Campbell at halftime of the second game of the season in favor of Bruce Gradkowski. Campbell was removed from two other games before he settled in as the unquestioned starter with five games to play. This affected Campbell's confidence and ability to play without fear of being benched.
-- Steve Corkran