Raiders take disappointing finish into offseason

By Josh Dubow

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry (51) and defensive back Lito Sheppard (21) sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The Chargers won 38-26.

Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The players packed up their lockers, coach Hue Jackson summed up the season and the Oakland Raiders spent the day saying goodbyes instead of preparing for the playoffs.

A day after wrapping up a disappointing 8-8 season with a 38-26 loss to San Diego that cost them the AFC West title, the Raiders go into an offseason that promises plenty of change.

The team plans to hire a general manager to help fill the void left by the death of longtime owner Al Davis last October, could change defensive coordinators and defensive scheme and must make additions to the roster if Oakland is going to end a nine-year playoff drought.

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