The hot seat might just get a little bit warmer for these Las Vegas Raiders after the resignation of Jon Gruden earlier this month.

#5 The entire Las Vegas Raiders defense

#5 The entire Las Vegas Raiders defense

The Las Vegas Raiders need to take that next step in their franchise's history, and it's slowly becoming apparent that their defense is holding them back. Whether it's a sour mix of players at certain positions or ex-coach Jon Gruden's draft picks throughout the years, something needs to change on that side of the ball. That's why the Raiders need to go aggressively towards good defensive players before the trade deadline and improve this defense heading into the final stretch of the season.

Unfortunately for Alex Leatherwood, Trevon Moerhig, and other recent draft picks, this means they will need to continue to prove their worth to the team.  If this defense isn't capable of clicking like initially intended, however, you will probably see surprise changes sooner rather than later. Furthermore, with the trade deadline coming later in the season, the Raiders could trade any of these guys to upgrade at another position. There is just no seniority with the Raiders anymore, and that's going to see some favorites leave the Silver and Black before all is said and done.

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