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Raiders hire Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that the Raiders were showing interest in Stanford assistant Jason Tarver regarding their defensive coordinator vacancy.

On Monday, the Raiders announced that Tarver has been hired.

A co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Stanford this past season, Tarver will work under defensive-minded head coach Dennis Allen in Oakland. Under Tarver’s watch in 2011, Stanford ranked third nationally in run defense and averaged three sacks per game.

Though he is only 37 years old, Tarver is a veteran NFL coach. He spent the 2001-2010 seasons on the 49ers’ staff, working in various capacities and moving his way up.

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  1. silverandblack052099 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    A staff full of no name coaches. I love it!!!

    Go Raiders in 2012!

  2. bigtganks says: Feb 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    well, he’s got experience despite his youth. Let’s just hope this works out. eeesh

  3. greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    Great news. It will take a young, inexperienced guy like this a couple seasons to adjust to NFL offenses.

    Chargers sweep the Raiduhs in 2012!

  4. radrntn says: Feb 6, 2012 3:13 PM

    alright the pieces are falling into place.

    Now sign Bush , and Branch, draft a TE, and FS, and try to sign a UFA quality RG

    GO RAIDERS!

  5. megaroad1 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:15 PM

    Almost anyone is an upgrade over Chuck Bresnahan.

  6. spinmovr says: Feb 6, 2012 3:18 PM

    This tells me we’re going to be trying a new approach on defense. Love it. Still worried about turning over the O to a playcaller with a conservative rep, but a strong defense in 2012 would solve a lot of problems.

  7. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 6, 2012 3:20 PM

    Not a bad hire.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 6, 2012 3:24 PM

    LB coaches at the HC and DC positions.. that’s a good thing because the Raiders have lots of potential at the position that hasn’t been realized yet.
    GO RAIDERS!

  9. radrhatr says: Feb 6, 2012 3:31 PM

    That makes me feel better about the Chiefs hiring Daboll as their OC.

  10. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 6, 2012 3:32 PM

    A college coordinator to combat Denver’s college like offense.

  11. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 6, 2012 3:32 PM

    Like every hire on this staff I just don’t know what to think?

    BUT since AL is gone thankfully, OAK has a normal chain of command from front office thru the ranks of coaching, staff, etc….

    Letting the coach assemble his staff is key. AL hired Hue and then hired Hue’s staff for him, like D-coordinator Chuck Brenshan who was rotting in the UFL, nice one AL…. like he did every other coach and then fired them for his wrong doings.

    AL should have just been the coach so he could be held accountability for ruining teams, drafts and staffs over and over again spreading the blame on coaches while trying to defend his players “JaMarcus Russell is an outstanding player” lmao

    Hire Lane Kiffin and won;t let Lane bring in his father Monte one of the best D-coordinators ever? Real smart AL, no he will just take any puppet who will do their best with a 4-3 man scheme.

    He is a legend to me, but his last 10-15 years he really lost touch of everything and ruined my fan experience for years.

  12. calibear831 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:33 PM

    WHO?!. . .I Guess the Raiders really don’t want me to buy any season tickets this year!

  13. mrgroovesd says: Feb 6, 2012 3:35 PM

    Damn! I was hoping they would sign Manusky but he signed with Indy. Oh Well!

  14. getthegleam says: Feb 6, 2012 3:35 PM

    Best part of this hire….Chuck b is not our D Coordinator come next season.

    In all seriousness though, I’m a little skeptical because he wasn’t in talked about prior to this. However, he comes from a solid program so here is to hoping he does a better job this year than our last D-coordinator and congrats on the hire. Welcome Aboard!

  15. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:37 PM

    Great hire! The Raiders are moving in the right direction for the playoffs, now.

  16. mrcosio says: Feb 6, 2012 3:51 PM

    He’s definitely smarter than Chuck Bresnahan!

  17. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 6, 2012 4:02 PM

    Mario Manningham would look just dandy in Silver and Black…….Im just sayin…

  18. georgebrett says: Feb 6, 2012 4:08 PM

    Awesome

  19. radrhatr says: Feb 6, 2012 4:10 PM

    @radrntn

    The Chiefs are gonna sign Bush.

  20. wetpaperbag3 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    Great news. It will take a young, inexperienced guy like this a couple seasons to adjust to NFL offenses.

    Chargers sweep the Raiduhs in 2012!
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    Inexperienced? Just goes to prove that Charger fans don’t know how to read.

    Tarver has been coaching in the NFL for a DECADE! Try going back to elementary school to learn your alphabets. Don’t forget to ask the teacher for a graham cracker break while you’re at it.

    GO RAIDERS!

  21. rastaraider says: Feb 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    Now we’re ready!!!

  22. r8rsfan says: Feb 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    Best part of this hire….Chuck b is not our D Coordinator come next season.

    That comment is right on the money. Clean the roster too, all the penalty junkies should be shown out as well.

  23. toolnutz says: Feb 6, 2012 4:37 PM

    bearsstillsuck

    He was assistant coach for the 49ers from 2001 – 2010. I heard Jim Harbaugh wanted him to stay, but Tarver opted to go Stanford last year.

  24. fasteddy415 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:39 PM

    Anyone who thinks this was a great hire is flat out wrong. Raiders were denied permission on several occasions to interview DC coaches meaning Tarver was at the bottom of the list.

    Tarver was a co DC who did not call plays at Stanford and never has at the pro level. Never called plays period. Wrong move the defense needs more than just a one year DC at head coach and no experience at DC!

  25. raiderapologist says: Feb 6, 2012 4:41 PM

    greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    Great news. It will take a young, inexperienced guy like this a couple seasons to adjust to NFL offenses.
    Chargers sweep the Raiduhs in 2012!

    He isn’t a cornerback or a wide receiver. He will be working under a guy who was Denver’s DC last season. Enjoy your delusion.

  26. thraiderskin says: Feb 6, 2012 4:47 PM

    Why do Charger fans even bother commenting on Raider stories… We all know you are a bunch of disenfranchised Raider fans and soon enough you’ll come crawling back. See you all in a few years, but don’t expect open arms.

  27. keeponhating says: Feb 6, 2012 4:49 PM

    Great news. It will take a young inexperienced guy like this a couple seasons to adjust to NFL offenses Chargers sweep the Raiduhs in 2012

    do you have to post this in every Raiders coach hire post? Did you even read the post? He worked for the Niners for 9 years. Btw how many years is it going to take Norv Turner to adjust to coaching against NFL teams?

  28. goldrush36 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:51 PM

    Raiders fans be happy. Regardless of experience this is a clear upgrade over hiring Manusky. You should send the Colts a thank you card

  29. goldrush36 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    The 49ers were very high on this kid. They kept him on staff through several turnovers. Fangio and Harbaugh badly wanted to keep him as well but he wanted an opportunity to keep climbing. You other afc west guys poking fun are gonna get a rude awakening. Just like woth Fangio that Stanford defense was no slouch

  30. masterblaster78 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    Only time will tell if the Raiders are going in the right direction. Hopefully, a resounding YES. The DC needs to get them in gear and play some defense. Hope it all works out this coming season. Go Raiders!!

  31. 44mpo says: Feb 6, 2012 5:30 PM

    I’m excited for next season and to see how the New Raiders are going to fare. I don’t think we should expect miracles in one season with an entire new coaching staff, and yet with the talent we have I think we can expect a competitive team.
    And in the AFC West, that could get us in the play-offs.

  32. ronlm says: Feb 6, 2012 5:56 PM

    Here’s the skinny:

    Reggie McKenzie knew he had a dysfunctional team on his hands. Not from the stand point of players with bad character, but with the messed up chain of command that Al Davis ran. Players could go around coaches to get in Al’s ear.

    McKenzie hired his own guy because he wants a clean chain of command. He hired a young, albeit very bright, guy in Dennis Allen so that chain of command would not be challenged.

    Allen hired Knapp because he wanted a guy who had a massive amount of experience on the offensive side of the ball, and who is also a solid play caller, because Dennis himself is a defensive minded coach. Knapp may be a bit on the conservative side, but he’s a very solid coach with high character. He’ll get behind Allen and stay there… because he will pretty much be able to shape the offense in his mold.

    Allen then hired a young up and coming guy for his DC because Allen has a very clear and well thought out vision of how he wants his defense to look. A tenured veteran DC would have his own way of doing things, and could cause friction. Tarver will run Allen’s defensive system without reservation or friction.

    This, IMO, is all according to McKenzie’s plan. The team has enough talent to go to the playoffs and beyond… the problem was in the dysfunctional way that Al ran the team. Reggie is developing a front office, top to bottom, with a singular goal. His.

  33. greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 6:14 PM

    ==================================
    “Inexperienced? Just goes to prove that Charger fans don’t know how to read.

    Tarver has been coaching in the NFL for a DECADE! Try going back to elementary school to learn your alphabets.
    ==================================

    Typical Raiduh fan who can’t read English. Tarver, while no doubt very smart and talented, is clearly and simply INEXPERIENCED at being a DC and playcaller in the NFL. That inexperience will cost the Raiduhs at least 3 or 4 games next season as he learns the league. By this time next year you’ll be crying and whining about how “stupid Tarver cost us games!” etc etc.

    Woo hoo!!! Can’t wait! Chargers sweep Raiduhs in ’12!!!!

  34. raiders4life says: Feb 6, 2012 6:18 PM

    Loving all the current moves and acquisitions. Let’s it pays off this upcoming season. Raiders4Life!!!

  35. raiders4life says: Feb 6, 2012 6:19 PM

    Loving all the current moves and acquisitions. Let’s hope it pays off this upcoming season. Raiders4Life!!!

  36. toolnutz says: Feb 6, 2012 6:50 PM

    greysolon

    Tarver maybe inexperienced, but he will working under Allen who was the Donk’s DC last year remember? Allen will be running the D just like in Denver when they beat Rivers to a pulp last season.

  37. wetpaperbag3 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:09 PM

    fasteddy415 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:39 PM

    Anyone who thinks this was a great hire is flat out wrong. Raiders were denied permission on several occasions to interview DC coaches meaning Tarver was at the bottom of the list.

    Tarver was a co DC who did not call plays at Stanford and never has at the pro level. Never called plays period. Wrong move the defense needs more than just a one year DC at head coach and no experience at DC!
    =================================

    What you and a lot of people forget is that Dennis Allen is a defensive coordinator by trade. He will likely install a defense of HIS choosing, but will have someone like Tarver to run/manage it and call the defensive plays based on this defensive installation.

  38. efriedo says: Feb 6, 2012 7:23 PM

    greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 6:14 PM “Typical Raiduh fan who can’t read English. Tarver, while no doubt very smart and talented, is clearly and simply INEXPERIENCED at being a DC and playcaller in the NFL. That inexperience will cost the Raiduhs at least 3 or 4 games next season as he learns the league. By this time next year you’ll be crying and whining about how “stupid Tarver cost us games!” etc etc.

    Woo hoo!!! Can’t wait! Chargers sweep Raiduhs in ’12!!!!”

    *********************************************

    Typical Charger fan. Rather than go out and support his team all he can do is poke fun at the raiders and make silly predictions for his pathetic team that has consistently underachieved. The chargers have taken a step back every single year for the past four years. yet they stick with the same sorry coach and players who would rather talk trash than play football, then whine about losing the game. The chargers are a failed franchise who can’t seem to get out of their own way. That’s why fans don’t come out to see them. The fans AND the player would rather go to the beach than make the playoffs.

    Meanwhile, the Raiders are on the upswing. No more Al Davis to drive the team into the ground. Some great, exciting young players, a good QB, and a new, defensive minded coaching staff should have this team competing for the division and a postseason slot.

    Charger fans are delusional and need to be ignored!

  39. jeremyb91 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:58 PM

    Greg Knapp was hired to exclusively run the offense. By trade, Dennis Allen with a year’s experience of being a defensive coordinator will teach Jason Tarver anything he needs to learn about his new position.

    Besides, Tarver’s an extremely bright dude who should have no problem reading a defense and adapting his personnel to fit the scheme.

    All day Allen and Tarver will focus on the defense until Tarver doesn’t need any more direction. The offense is set for the most part, now the defense needs fixing. Allen and Tarver are here to fix the problem.

  40. greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 9:18 PM

    The problem is the roster is not talented and that will take a lot of time. By the time McKenzie turns it around– if he does— the QB will be old and retiring and you’ll need another RB.

    More frustrating years ahead for Raiduh fan.

  41. georgebrett says: Feb 6, 2012 10:14 PM

    Roster isn’t talented?

    Obviously you don’t know football. The Raiders have as many weapons as the Packers and Patriots. And now we have an actual quarterback to bring it all together.

  42. chadgoy says: Feb 7, 2012 12:42 AM

    georgebrett: Patriots? What weapons on the Patriots? The Patriots wish they had the weapons that the Raiders have. Cost them a superbowl…GO RAIDERS!!!

  43. radrntn says: Feb 7, 2012 11:22 AM

    looks like dumbolt changed his name to greysolon

  44. raiderapologist says: Feb 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    greysolon says: Feb 6, 2012 6:14 PM

    Woo hoo!!! Can’t wait! Chargers sweep Raiduhs in ’12!!!!

    Woo Hoo! Eli Manning refused to play for the Chargers. Best move he ever made. By the way, greysolon makes humpdolt look like a genius.

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