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Here is the opening to my Raiders preview:

This preview of the Raiders contains a huge bias. I must be up front about that.

So, what’s the bias? I am pulling for the Raiders. I am optimistic about the Raiders in the long term. I applaud what they are trying to do. As you read this, proceed with caution and keep my bias in mind.

Why the bias? General manager Reggie McKenzie and rookie coach Dennis Allen are remaking an entire team and that’s hard enough. But they are doing more than that. They are remaking a culture, one of the most deeply-embedded cultures of any team in any sport anywhere. It’s an almost impossible task, to grab the Raiders on the run and try to change direction, in fact to create a direction, haul them into the 21st century.

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