No team in the National Football League entered the 2019 season with less reason to feel optimism than the Oakland Raiders — not even the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals or Washington Hot Mess Irregulars.

The Raiders penciled/projected out as a four-win team, and then they went out and vomited all over their training camp by introducing and then being worked by Antonio Brown. General manager Jon Gruden had undone head coach Jon Gruden again, nobody knew what to make of their draft and nobody dared project them as more than five-win team. They were imposed upon and resisted the pernicious blandishments of Hard Knocks, doing as much damage to that brand as vice versa. And then they marched out with their face-swallowing coach and engaged

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