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Jason Tarver will remain Raiders defensive coordinator

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The Raiders took some time confirming Dennis Allen’s return as head coach in 2014 and they’ve taken some time figuring out whether to hold onto members of his staff with expiring contracts, but one key assistant will be back next year.

Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday, but the team announced that they have re-signed Tarver before he pursued any other opportunities. Tarver was named defensive coordinator in 2012, Allen’s first year in the job, and has overseen a defense that has finished 18th and 22nd in yards allowed over his two years on the job.

The return of Tarver, along with Allen, suggests the Raiders think the current staff has earned another year to work with a roster limited by fewer financial and talent constraints held over from the previous regime. Offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tony Sparano has signed a two-year deal to return, John Middlekauf of 95.7 The Game reported late Monday that special teams coach Bobby April will also return and Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore and tight ends coach Mark Hutson are expected back as well.

On the other hand, the Raiders may just appreciate having a coach on staff who is willing to flip the bird when he thinks the officials make a bad call.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. ET:  Per a league source, special-teams coordinator Bobby April has not re-signed with the Raiders.

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24 Responses to “Jason Tarver will remain Raiders defensive coordinator”
  1. raidermstr says: Jan 14, 2014 4:19 PM

    Great! Now go get some pass rushers!

  2. benmci says: Jan 14, 2014 4:24 PM

    Years ago John Fox was the Raiders D Coord. They gave up on him too early……how did that work out?

    Get move signing Jason – just give him something to work with

  3. ern215 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    I like this, continuity

  4. getthegleam says: Jan 14, 2014 4:28 PM

    Yes! Good signing. 10 new defensive starters and we held our own for most of the season. Get us some good free agents and draft picks to shore up the “D” Reggie Mac.

  5. sickoe47 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:32 PM

    With talent they currently have on defense,it’s pretty impressive the way he managed to finish 18 & 22 in total defense.so just imagine if he had the playmakers to run his defense ?! Scary right.

  6. thatstinks says: Jan 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    Hooray continuity !!

  7. 5xchamps says: Jan 14, 2014 4:36 PM

    The team is still garbage lol…

  8. calibear831 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:49 PM

    Why? Why?!WHY?!!!. . . I bet it’s because no one respectable wants to work with a D list coaching staff like Dennis Allen has compiled. . .sigh* I don’t think I want to re new my Raiders season tickets anymore, it’s just going to be another disappointing season

  9. torturedraiderfan says: Jan 14, 2014 4:50 PM

    I know stability and continuity are important, but with Ray Horton available, I might have gone in a different direction with defensive coordinator. I doubt we can get him as a position coach. This does prove one thing, Mark Davis is clearly more rational than his father. I hope the “experts” stop insinuating that things haven’t changed.

  10. radrntn says: Jan 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    I like it….the 2 year deals being signed makes you think Mark Davis is going to keep Allen , and McKenzie both for their 4 year deals. Go Raiders!

  11. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2014 4:56 PM

    This is how bad teams eventually get good….by being stable. It sometimes takes a while, but giving up on a guy in 2 years is just stupid.

    What the Browns did to Chudzinski was reprehensible. Any coach going there better really do his homework first. Most long-time losing franchises, especially in the salary cap age have the same dumb trait…..lack of stability.

  12. oakfolk says: Jan 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    Doesn’t look like Tarver in that pic.

  13. johnnybandwagon says: Jan 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    Hey calibear, where are your seats at bro? I’ll take them off your hands.

  14. dasmol says: Jan 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    Another year of defending last place in the AFC West.

  15. handyj76 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:34 PM

    Best young coordinator!

    Loved the JT grew up in the NATION!

    100% not him in picture!!!

  16. JSpicoli says: Jan 14, 2014 5:44 PM

    Get me Jared Allen, Orapko, and some DB’s that are above practice squad level and we can talk.

  17. rudyru82 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    That’s Nick Hotlz an offensive assistant, not Jason Tarver in the picture

  18. desertrace21 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:25 PM

    Now get Tarver to play the same defense in the second half as the first and be competitive!! I know depth was a problem, but the young talent will allow more depth to be signed in the off seaso!!

  19. raiderapologist says: Jan 14, 2014 8:25 PM

    dasmol says: Jan 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    Another year of defending last place in the AFC West.
    ———
    Charger fans are so cute. All three of them.

  20. rayguyreturns says: Jan 14, 2014 9:01 PM

    Let’s give JT a full deck to play with and see how he does. So far he’s made lemonade out of lemons.

  21. joetoronto says: Jan 15, 2014 6:35 AM

    Chargers, LOL!

    Got rings?

  22. dasmol says: Jan 15, 2014 9:35 AM

    Those rings we’re won so long ago, you might as well be a born again raider fan.

  23. desertrace21 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:10 PM

    “Those rings we’re won so long ago, you might as well be a born again raider fan.”

    Always the Chargers fans go to.. Like it is better to have always sucked than to just suck a few years. Charger fans forget the pathetic 10-12 year runs they went on.. They always take pride in those years they beat a 2 win team twice in the same season. Raiders last Super Bowl was in this century.. Not 1994.. Phillip Rivers MELTDOWN was hilarious to watch!!! When Cutler does it, he is a baby, when Cry me a Rivers does it, it is passion. You fair-weather fans like to bend the facts to make yourselves feel better. You have Suicide Seau and Not in the HOF Air Coryell… Meanwhile, the Raiders have been part of history. 3 wins and 2 losses in the Super Bowl, the Heidi Game, the Tuck Rule, the Immaculate Reception… Games that are the fabric of the NFL even if they did not go the Raiders way… A historic and proud franchise will always be the butt of jokes from a team that has always wanted to take away from the Raider Mystique. The Autumn Wind gives me chills every time I hear it, while “San Diego Super Chargers” gives me migraines. Enjoy watching your team also not in the Super Bowl this year.

  24. aldavis4president says: Jan 19, 2014 5:21 PM

    I like it. Threw the first 7weeks we were a top 10 defence. Some injuries really hurt us. If woods on comes back, he and branch along with Jenkins,porter and Hayden would be a nasty 2ndary! We NEED a pass rusher, whether it be clowney or whomever that’s what we need in the draft! I don’t want to draft A qb. We got other needs. Sign a qb From FA if we have to. DE,WR,DT. should be our first 3draft picks

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