Raiders defense will look like two others, but it’s not the Broncos and the Seahawks

When the Raiders agreed to terms with Jack Del Rio, fans immediately looked to what Denver was doing on the defensive side of the ball and assumed the Raiders would follow similar principles. Then, when Ken Norton, Jr. was named defensive coordinator, we assumed that some of Seattle’s principals would find their way to to Oakland as well. But looking at the talent on the roster...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighters Need To Fight

You hear kids do this all the time. They pick a sports hero then play a game. In basketball it’s MVP Stephen Curry vs LeBron. In football it’s Marcus Mariota vs Cam Newton. Who are the names when it comes to boxing? Which greats hear their name called? It felt like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao played the game in their Fight of the Century. The two welterweights went big...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Five guys the Raiders should consider in the fourth round

While it may be later in the draft at this point, there are plenty of fifth round picks that the can help the Oakland Raiders. Ramik Wilson, OLB, Georgia The Raiders have their starting linebackers all set but could use more depth, especially if they envision Khalil Mack spending a lot of time with his hand in the dirt playing defensive end. Wilson is a versatile defender who can...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Five guys the Raiders could target in a trade back

The options for the Oakland Raiders at number four have been discussed over and over. There is a good chance that the Raiders will be able to take one of their top two guys in Amari Cooper or Leonard Williams, but what if they decide to trade back? The top of this year’s draft is rather unpredictable, no one is really sure what will happen after the first pick. If things fall in...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Waking Up the Team is Hilarious

Ken Norton Jr. was an absolute beast of a player back in his day so it only stands to reason that he would be just as much of a beast when it comes to coaching. The only thing is that he doesn't hit people anymore for a living so he has to channel that intensity in another fashion. Thanks to this video from linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong it appears that he is putting his intensity...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OLB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith follows his former linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland, where he is now the defensive coordinator. That makes sense, but it’s not clear what his role will be in Oakland. The Raiders paid him 7 million over 2 years, which suggests he’ll be a starter, after spending most of his career as a reserve in Seattle. Free agent signing Curtis Lofton is locked in at...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

What Ken Norton Jr. needs to address first and foremost on defense

2014 was a dreadful season for the Oakland Raiders. Every fan may have favorite defenders, yet their performance cannot be repeated or ignored. This year brings opportunity, along with challenges. New Newly hired coaching staff fosters hope that the future will be different. Other than Del Rio, no coach has more work to do than Ken Norton. On his first day of minicamp, he needs to...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Correction: Raiders-Defensive Coordinator story

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) In a story Feb. 6 about the Raiders hiring a defensive coordinator, The Associated Press reported erroneously in some versions that Southern California was Ken Norton Jr.'s alma mater. Norton went to UCLA. A corrected version of the story is below: Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator on Jack...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Ken Norton Jr. could be bigger for Sio Moore than Khalil Mack

When the Oakland Raiders hired former NFL linebacker Ken Norton Jr. as their defensive coordinator, the first thought on the minds of many was how great Norton would be for the development of Khalil Mack. After a stellar rookie season where Mack was simply unblockable at times, it’s understandable why the Norton hire would get people even more excite about Mack. With guys like...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With Success Comes More Seahawks Coaching Changes

Norton and Quinn Replacements Named The fallout of Seahawks Coaches Ken Norton Jr. and Dan Quinn departing has come full circle as their replacements were named this week. In a move that surprised practically nobody, the Seattle Seahawks named Kris Richard, their current secondary coach, as their new defensive coordinator to replace Quinn who left for the Falcon’s head coaching...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders announce Rod Woodson as their assistant defensive back coach

The Oakland Raiders have finally gotten the staff together under new head coach Jack Del Rio. Most of the buzz about Del Rio’s staff is him naming Ken Norton Jr as his defensive coordinator. While most Raiders fans will debate that hire, there was another hired that slipped by without a lot of people noticing. The Raiders announced that Hall of Fame DB Rod Woodson will be an assistant...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The upside and downside of Ken Norton Jr.

The Oakland Raiders have finally hired their defensive coordinator, completing the big thee coaches of head coach, defensive and offensive coordinators. Rounding out the trio is Ken Norton Jr., former linebackers coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Norton was not their first choice. In fact, he wasn’t even their second choice. Rumors were that former...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders should trade back in the draft and here are potential trade partners

Reggie McKenzie wasn’t my first, second, or seventh choice as GM. I haven’t been a great fan of his approach, and called for him to be fired. Yet, with the hiring of Jack del Rio, something altered my thinking. Del Rio will effectively construct the defense and have an active hand. McKenzie is stepping out on a limb, and handcuffing himself to JDR. This may be the guy who will...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Ken Norton, Jr. New Defensive Coordinator

During his career as an NFL linebacker he was a three time pro bowler and a three time Super Bowl champ. He combined for 1130 career tackles, 13 fumble recoveries, 12.5 sacks, and 5 interceptions. After finishing his career in 2000 with the San Francisco 49ers, Norton Jr began his coaching career in 2004 with the University of Southern California. He has coached under Pete Carroll...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami DL coach Jethro Franklin leaves for NFL’s Oakland Raider

Hurricanes defensive line coach Jethro Franklin accepted a job with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, a source confirmed to the Post Friday afternoon. Franklin had been at UM since 2011, following head coach Al Golden from Temple. He replaces Terrell Williams, who had been in place for three seasons. Williams accepted the defensive line coaching job at Florida, but backed out when...
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February 06, 2015

Report: Seahawks Promoting Kris Richard To Defensive Coordinator

Alex Rozier is reporting that the Seahawks are, in fact, promoting defensive backs coach Kris Richard to defensive coordinator. Rozier adds that HC Pete Carroll told the team about Richard’s hire after Ken Norton reached an agreement to be the Raiders defensive coordinator. Seattle is expected to announce the move at some point in the near future. This comes as no surprise...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders hire Ken Norton, Jr. as new defensive coordinator

The Oakland Raiders have hired Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. as their new defensive coordinator. Coach Jack Del Rio announced Friday that his former teammate with the Dallas Cowboys will join his staff to run the defense in Oakland. Del Rio and Norton were teammates in Dallas for two seasons. Norton also played with the San Francisco 49ers before beginning his coaching...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have hired Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. as their new defensive coordinator. Coach Jack Del Rio announced Friday that his former teammate with the Dallas Cowboys will join his staff to run the defense in Oakland. Del Rio and Norton were teammates in Dallas for two seasons. Norton also played with the San Francisco 49ers before...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders finally hire a defensive coordinator; man with a Super Bowl

The long wait for the Oakland Raiders to hire a defensive coordinator is finally over. Ken Norton, Jr. is the Raiders new Defensive Coordinator: — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 6, 2015 Norton Jr. was the linebackers coach for the Seahawks the last four year, winning a Super Bowl Championship with that group last year and...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Name Ken Norton Jr. New Defensive Coordinator

  The Raiders announced that Seahawks assistant Ken Norton Jr. will be their new defensive coordinator Friday.   Ken Norton, Jr. is the Raiders new Defensive Coordinator: — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 6, 2015 Norton coached the linebackers with Seattle since 2010.  He was on the University of Southern California staff...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders could name defensive coordinator Thursday with signing day over

We are now in day three after the Super Bowl and the Oakland Raiders still have not hired a defensive coordinator. There was a lot of speculation that the position could have been filled by someone on the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff. In particular, many people were looking at linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. and devensive backs coach Kris Richard. But now that we are mid way...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Raiders now hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator?

With the Super Bowl now out of the way, the Raiders are now free to pursue any coaches from the Seahawks that may interest them. Oakland has the need for at least two coaches on the defensive side of the ball, none more important than their as-now-empty defensive coordinator. The Raiders are believed to be interested in Seattle linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr., who goes way back with...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Past win for Cowboys helping Seahawks focus for Super Bowl

Maybe Cowboys fans can take solace in the fact they manhandled the team facing the New England Patriots on Sunday. And surprisingly, the Seahawks haven't quite let go of that game. Both defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. told FOX Sports Southwest on Wednesday that a 30-23 loss to the Cowboys in October got their attention. "I was extremely impressed...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom from Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament: Go 'Hawks!

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is an indisputable football fan, and any fondness he may have had for New England circa 1984 when his favorite band was Boston's own SS Decontrol, appears to be out the window. Here's the playful take on next Sunday's NFL championship game from a member of one of the most popular and influential bands to have come out of Seattle: "The Seahawks will beat...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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