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Raiders Coaching Staff Finalized

With the hiring of Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator, the Raiders have filled out their coaching ranks. The DC position was the last to be designated, as all of the other coaching positions have been filled for several weeks. Norton was the linebackers coach for Seattle, so the Raiders had to wait until after the Super Bowl to talk to him.

So far, I think the coaching staff hires have been an upgrade overall, and I definitely like Jack Del Rio’s gung-ho attitude. Obviously, most new coaches say and do many of the same things to motivate fans, but Del Rio has the track record as a head coach, as well as the pedigree of a local guy and second-generation Raiders fan.

What it will really come down to is how much of an upgrade Bill Musgrave and Ken Norton are at their respective OC/DC positions. Musgrave has most recently been QB coach in Chip Kelly’s uptempo Philly offense, and that can bring real value to Derek Carr’s development, provided the team can give him better receivers to work with.

More importantly on offense, getting the historically awful running game moving, primarily along the o-line, will be key to opening up the passing game. New o-line coach Mike Tice will help tremendously in that area, as will moving RG Austin Howard out to tackle, his natural position. Menelik Watson might be better served moving in to guard.

We’ll take a look at free agency and draft options in the weeks to come.

Jack Del Rio New Raiders Head Coach

The Raiders are said to be preparing to officially announce the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their 21st head coach. While Del Rio’s career coaching record of 68-71 and two playoff appearances in nine seasons isn’t going to make John Madden or Bill Belichick jealous, it’s still a solid record.

And Terrance Knighton’s reaction is certainly a positive indicator of how Del Rio is appreciated by his players, as Sparano appeared to be as well. Knighton is one of several Denver players who are about to hit free agency, and will be targeted by the Raiders.

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Del Rio 2nd Interview Today

Now that the Broncos have been unceremoniously knocked out of the playoffs (yay!) by the Colts (who will probably get the stuffing knocked out of them this weekend in Foxborough), the Raiders are free to pursue current Donks DC Jack Del Rio more diligently.

This is probably bad news for Tony Sparano, as well as Greg Olson and Jason Tarver, but Del Rio has a solid (if unspectacular) career as a head coach with the Jaguars, going to the playoffs with journeyman QBs such as David Garrard and Byron Leftwich. If he can pull in a good OC (Marc Trestman would be a good fit, as would Bill Musgrave) to continue Derek Carr’s development, with their draft picks and tons of money to spend in free agency, Del Rio could get the Raiders back on the road to respectability.