Wade Phillips Can Make Denver The #1 Defense

The Denver Broncos have gone through seven defensive coordinators in the previous nine seasons and had varying levels of success.2006 - Larry Coyer - Ranked 14th in total defense2007 - Jim Bates - Ranked 19th in total defense2008 - Bob Slowik - Ranked 29th in total defense2009 - Mike Nolan - Ranked 7th in total defense2010 - Don Martindale - Ranked 32nd in total defense2011 - Dennis...
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The Oakland Raiders are finally trending up

Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have been the epitome of dysfunction and losing. Oakland has not been back to the playoffs since, only twice (2010, 2011) winning more than five games in a season. The franchise has plowed through eight coaches since that fateful afternoon, ranging from Bill Callahan and Norv Turner, Art Shell and...
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Oakland Raiders slighted in the latest Power Rankings

The offseason is only unofficially upon us, as teams have made coaching and front office changes, released players to create cap space, made decisions on their own pending free agents, and started evaluating draft prospects. As a result, teams look slightly different now than they did when the regular season ended. And that means it’s time to once again grade each franchise in...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

My bold predictions for the Raiders in free agency

When the Oakland Raiders hired general manager Reggie McKenzie, he made his philosophy on how to build a team very clear. He builds through the draft and not through free agency. Through his first three years with the team, we have seen his philosophy in work as he has traded back in drafts to obtain more picks while for the most part signing only bargain basement deals during free...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Raiders coaching, getting ready for the NFL Combine, and more.

Another week in the books and we are getting closer to the NFL Combine. The Raiders new coaching staff has been hard at work behind the scenes conducting player evaluations and getting ready for free agency and the draft. Coach Del Rio even took time out of his busy schedule to have lunch with the media and talk Raiders with them. See what he had to say click here. When you get done...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio is smart not to name Latavius Murray as the starter

Anyone who has followed me knows that I was a big supporter of Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray last season. After watching him in the preseason I loved what I saw and was excited to see what he could do in the regular season. Then, the coaching staff flat out refused to use Murray for the majority of the year despite the fact that the offense put up one of the worst...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders to incorporate no-huddle into offense

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that the Raiders plan to incorporate the no-huddle offense into their system next season. Just how much the Raiders will employ the hurry-up schemes will likely vary from week to week depending on the opponent. But Del Rio, a former NFL linebacker whose background is on defense, said that it will be a consistent part of the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Comparing the 2014 and 2015 Raiders coaching staff

The Raiders introduced Head Coach Jack Del Rio on January 16th and with that announcement, pretty much everyone who knows anything about the game of football knew that a whole new staff of assistants was coming as most head coaches like to choose their own. With a couple of exceptions, that is exactly what happened. It was not hard for Del Rio to do since most of the 2014 assistants...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio calls Derek Carr a 'special young talent'

New Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio appears to be happy with second-year quarterback Derek Carr. The veteran defensive coach shared these comments on Monday’s Jim Rome Show. Carr’s a special young talent. He’s got a really quick release, good decision-maker; he’s shown some of that grit we’re looking for, some of that toughness, so he’s a guy that we feel...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Jack Del Rio hire puts extra pressure on Reggie McKenzie

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie still has two years left on his contract and despite a rocky first three years with the club, owner Mark Davis has shown a lot of patience and support to the first time general manager. Many believed that Davis would fire McKenzie after this season but obviously that has not happened and will not happen. But that does not mean McKenzie...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Five players the San Diego Chargers should re-sign or extend this offseason

Things are changing quickly in the AFC West. The Raiders have another new HC (best of luck Jack Del Rio), the Broncos recently hired Gary Kubiak, and rumor has it Peyton Manning is set to announce his retirement. Regardless of any of those changes, one thing remains constant: the San Diego Chargers have a lot of needs… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The top 10 free agents in the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio gets no respect in latest Power Rankings

This week, cover32′s Buck Stanton used his weekly power rankings to break down and rate the NFL’s 32 head coaches. From best to worst, he ranks the men in charge of leading each franchise. Somewhat surprisingly, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t fare very well. That’s odd considering how much success he had as a defensive coordinator in Denver. He finished near...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Todd Grantham’s New Deal With Louisville Will Pay Him $1.4 Million Per Year

Photo: Pete CautilliLouisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham surprised a lot of folks last week when he turned down the Oakland Raiders and recommitted to the Cardinal program. Grantham was offered a two-year deal to accept the same position with the Raiders. He was rumored to be the favorite and was offered by Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio just 24-hours after interviewing...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders dodged a bullet with Darrell Bevell

The Oakland Raiders interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their head coaching job before eventually giving the job to Jack Del Rio. We will never know how serious of a candidate Bevell was but either way, Raiders fans must be happy he did not get the job after what happened at the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday. With the ball inside of the Patriots’ one...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders: Why Todd Grantham is NOT a sign Mark Davis is being cheap

When the Oakland Raiders were rejected by Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Twitter basically erupted in complaints about Mark Davis. People went off on the fact that he only offered Grantham a two year deal when he had four years left on his Louisville contract. Innumerable people brought up Mark Davis’ quote from the Jack Del Rio press conference where he said that...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Jack Del Rio the biggest stumbling block to landing a defensive coordinator?

The Oakland Raiders still do not have a defensive coordinator after Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator at Louisville, turned them down on Wednesday. In the case of Grantham, there were likely a lot of issues at play. First, he has four years left on his deal, each of which are worth around $1 million in guaranteed money. The Raiders offered him a two year deal, which is pretty...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Louisville DC Todd Grantham Offered 2-Year Deal By The Oakland Raiders To Become Their DC

The NFL wants your defensive coordinator, Louisville.  According to a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Cardinals’ defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been offered a two-year deal by the Oakland Raiders to take over the same position. The Raiders recently hired Jack Del Rio to become their head coach.  Louisville’s defense ranked 24th in the country in points against...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The AFC North will regress in 2015

In 2015, the AFC North was the only division in either conference to have three playoff teams emerge. The Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens all made the postseason, with the Cleveland Browns finishing a competitive fourth at 7-9. Don’t expect more than the division winner to make it back in 2015. The AFC North benefited from an incredibly easy schedule...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason

It’s hard to find fault with the offensive output of the Denver Broncos this season. But when you’re a team that has arguably one of the five best quarterbacks to put on a uniform and he goes out the past two post seasons and stinks up the joint, there may be reason for concern.Add that to the fact that the Broncos had a major shakeup in their coaching staff, parting ways with...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Broncos Must Choose Next Defensive Coordinator Wisely

The Denver Broncos defense finished the regular season ranking third in the league and now look to add a new defensive coordinator after Jack Del Rio departed. Del Rio will take over the head coaching duties in Oakland. That being said, the organization must be careful in picking their next coordinator. The organization must select an individual who can not only make this defense...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Diana Russini, Todd Grantham and Jack Del Rio, Oh My….

As Raider Nation waits anxiously to hear any news about the vacant defensive coordinator position, reports have surfaced that Louisville’s Todd Grantham is a potential candidate. The report originated from Dianna Russini who is a sports anchor for NBC in Washington. She normally focuses on news about the Washington Redskins along with coverage of local sports and athletes. It seemed...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Louisville’s Todd Granthan Interviewing for Raiders Defensive Coordinator Job

It has been noted in the past few days that new Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was attempting to find a defensive coordinator out of the college ranks. After reports surfaced late last week that former Florida State defensive line coach Sal Sunseri was heading to the Raiders as the team’s linebackers coach, it became quite obvious that Del Rio was attempting to get some...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders reportedly add 3 new coaches, complete offensive staff

Latavius Murray to be coached by new RB coach Bernie Parmalee. Photo by Levi Damien The Raiders have reportedly hired three new offensive coaches to complete their position coaching staff. While they may not be done hiring – they could always hire an offensive quality control coach, for example – the team’s offensive staff should be essentially in place at this time. The move...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason

For some reason, I think there could be a tug-o-war between the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bears over which free agents from Denver they can sign. With John Fox now with the Bears and Jack Del Rio on the bay in Oakland, could this be a simple case of offense versus defense? Will money talk regardless of the position and can the Bears take advantage of the fact Fox was winner...
Via Football Nation
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Who might complete the Raiders’ coaching staff?

First, a review of the coaches already hired and then a look at some possible hires for the remaining open positions: Head Coach Jack Del Rio: Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you are aware that the Raiders named Jack Del Rio as their head coach, with Mark Davis being much more involved and much more invested in Del Rio than he ever was with Dennis Allen. Davis consistently...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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