Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

Cowboys interview Ray Horton, John Pagano

The Cowboys are interviewing John Pagano and Ray Horton for vacancies on their defensive staff, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. Pagano ended last season as Oakland’s defensive coordinator, taking over for Ken Norton Jr. after the Raiders fired Norton in the middle of the season. Pagano spent nine years coaching or assisting with the [more]

Raiders Bring Back Ex-coach Tom Cable As Offensive Line Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Former Raiders head coach Tom Cable is back on the Oakland staff to coach the offensive line.

The team made the announcement that Cable was rejoining the organization as fellow returning head coach Jon Gruden filled out his coaching staff Thursday with the addition of 13 assistants.

The 53-year-old Cable coached the Raiders for three seasons from 2008-10 and finished with a record of 17-27. He had been the assistant head coach and offensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks since 2011 until his firing last week from Pete Carroll’s staff.

In addition, Edgar Bennett was named wide receivers coach and Jim O’Neil senior defensive assistant.

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright “relieved” by Ken Norton Jr.’s return to coaching staff

The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. After a disappointing 9-7 campaign that had Seattle outside the postseason for just the second time in Pete Carroll’s eight years as head coach, the team made substantive changes to their coaching staff in the last two weeks. The two highest ranked assistants on [more]

Paul Guenther excited about potential of Gareon Conley, Obi Melifonwu

New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can’t wait to work with the team’s top-two picks from 2017. First, though, he has to get cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu back on the field. Conley missed all of training camp, the entire preseason and the season opener with a shin injury. He ended up playing [more]

Greg Olson sees Derek Carr’s “growth curve skyrocketing” under Jon Gruden

When Jon Gruden was introduced as the head coach of the Raiders, he said he will “demand a lot” of quarterback Derek Carr in 2018 and beyond in order to “unlock the greatness” inside of him. It’s probably not much of a surprise that the man Gruden hired as offensive coordinator thinks that Carr will [more]

Reports: Bears interested in Todd Downing, Pat O’Hara for quarterbacks coach

The Chicago Bears are interested in former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing and Houston Texans offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara for their quarterbacks coach position under new head coach Matt Nagy. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported the Bears interest in Downing while John McClain of the Houston Chronicle noted the Bears’ interest [more]

Report: Seahawks bring back Mike Solari as OL coach

The Seahawks have filled another vacancy, reuniting with offensive line coach Mike Solari, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. Solari spent the past two seasons with the Giants. He previously coached in Seattle in 2008-09. He began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 1987 and interviewed with Dallas last week as it sought [more]

Tee Martin will stay at USC, with an extension

The Raiders had interviewed USC offensive coordinator and receivers coach Tee Martin for two different positions in recent weeks. Martin won’t be making the jump to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Martin is finalizing a contract extension to remain the offensive coordinator at USC. Martin, a member of the Brady [more]

Raiders interview Tee Martin, for real this time, to be an assistant to Jon Gruden

The Raiders have already interviewed USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin once, but it was an interview merely to comply with the Rooney Rule after Jon Gruden had already agreed to be the Raiders’ next head coach. Now the Raiders are interviewing Martin for a job he actually has a chance of getting. The Los Angeles [more]

Las Vegas Shooting Dampens Tax Collections For Raiders Stadium

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The decline in tourists that Las Vegas experienced after the mass shooting three months ago affected the tax collections meant to pay for a portion of the new Raiders stadium in Sin City.

Figures released Thursday by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority show tax collections came in about 3 percent and 10 percent under projections in October and November respectively.

An increase on area hotel taxes went into effect in March to cover $750 million of the $1.9 billion project.

Tourists are paying about $1.50 more per night on their hotel bill for an average-priced room on the Las Vegas Strip.

The data show taxpayers contributed to the project $4.6 million in October and $3.4 million in November.

The Raiders want to kick off the 2020 season in Las Vegas.

 

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Report: Raiders to hire Jim O’Neil as senior defensive assistant

The Oakland Raiders continue to fill out their coaching staff under head coach Jon Gruden. According to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio, the Raiders are set to hire former San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil as a senior defensive assistant. Additionally, they are parting ways with tight ends coach [more]

Did The Oakland Raiders Violate The Rooney Rule In Gruden Hiring?

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The NFL said Thursday it will investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance called for the investigation on Wednesday out of concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates as required by the NFL since 2003.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement that the NFL will “look into this.”

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team’s new coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.

“I felt pretty confident that he was all-in,” Davis said. “And that’s the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And I never wavered from all-in. And this time he didn’t waver, either.”

Davis fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Jan. 6. Davis also said he wouldn’t have fired Del Rio if he didn’t believe Gruden would sign on as coach.

“I believe that I would’ve sat down with Jack and we would’ve figured out coordinators and assistant coaches and things like that and try to figure out how to reinvigorate the franchise through Jack,” he said.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates before Gruden’s hiring was announced. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

The Raiders haven’t commented on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

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