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Ken Norton Jr. admits he deserves blame for Raiders’ defense

Ken Norton Jr. AP

The Raiders rank dead last in the NFL in total defense through two weeks of the season, giving up a whopping 517.5 yards a game and becoming the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to give up more than 500 yards in each of the first two games of the season.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. admits the blame falls on his shoulders.

I’m accountable for it,” Norton said, via the Bay Area News Group. “We’ve got to work harder, work better and we expect to come out of this. I’ve been around a lot of good defenses, a lot of good coaches and a lot of good players and this fits right up there with the good ones. No one said it was going to be easy. You’re going to have adverse times and we’re having those adverse times really reveal us.”

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been a defensive coordinator before, and some have suggested that perhaps he should take over the defensive play calling. Norton acknowledged that Del Rio is the boss and has that authority.

“He’s the head coach. He can do what he wants to do. That’s up to him,” Norton said.

If it comes to that, it wouldn’t speak well for Norton. But if the Raiders keep giving up 500 yards a game, Del Rio has to do something.

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29 Responses to “Ken Norton Jr. admits he deserves blame for Raiders’ defense”
  1. ariani1985 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:35 PM

    no playoffs for you!

  2. shootscuz says: Sep 23, 2016 12:38 PM

    Raiders fans were so confident before the season started. Offense looks good but their defense is a major liability.

  3. omeimontis says: Sep 23, 2016 12:41 PM

    If Del Rio calls the defensive plays, and d does not improve, then what? Fire himself? LOL

  4. slick50ks says: Sep 23, 2016 12:44 PM

    It’s more on the players. They don’t have good players on defense. It’s pretty simple. The new guys they brought in were system guys. Irvin was a gimmick guy on a good defense, and Sean Smith was hidden in the Chiefs scheme. Norton is over his head on this one, but it’s hard to get legitimate NFL coaches to go to that dysfunctional franchise.

    Will they ever break .500? Simply put, no.

    Just a few more weeks and this fanbase will finally shut up about playoffs, winning ect. The rest of us will just keep laughing.

  5. araidersfan says: Sep 23, 2016 12:50 PM

    I had high hopes for Norton when he came on board because he came from a good D in Seattle. However I’m afraid that he may wind up to be as bad a DC as the late Fred Whittingham was with the ’97 Raiders. Hope I’m wrong.

  6. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 23, 2016 12:50 PM

    Del Rio handed Norton an axe and told him to keep chopping wood.

  7. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 23, 2016 12:51 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:35 PM

    no playoffs for you!
    ——————————–
    And no Super Bowl wins for you…ever!
    LOL!

  8. allforfunnplay says: Sep 23, 2016 12:52 PM

    The problem is one of three things:

    1. The scheme is wrong for the players and against the matched up offense.

    2. The coaches aren’t teaching the scheme and tactics well enough to the players.

    3. The players just flat out suck. The players need to work harder and the team needs to get better players.

    Norton basically said a combination of the three saying he needs to be better but his players need to work harder.

    At least he didn’t say “we need to execute better”…which basically is saying…”I had the right scheme, I taught them everything but the players just suck”.

  9. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:55 PM

    If they’re not happy with him in Oakland, we’ll take him back in Seattle.

    Can he call offensive plays though? Because Bevell is the absolute worst in the league at it. Luckily for Bevell, Wilson constantly bailing him out with his improvising and making something out of nothing has kept Bevell employed the past few years. Pete’s too loyal. Get rid of Bevell and hire someone like Josh McDaniels who isn’t the most conservative and predictable play caller in the world.

  10. z0inks says: Sep 23, 2016 12:56 PM

    It’s an unfortunate truth: great players rarely make for great coaches.

    Ken Norton Jr was a great player.

  11. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 23, 2016 1:02 PM

    sweetnlow44 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:55 PM
    Get rid of Bevell and hire someone like Josh McDaniels who isn’t the most conservative and predictable play caller in the world.
    ————————

    Yeah, cause McDaniels is going to leave being an OC in NE to be one in Seattle.

  12. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 23, 2016 1:02 PM

    Too bad we couldn’t have snagged Wade Phillips!!!! No, we get Jack Del Rio who got fired from Denver and without Del Rio, Denver’s defense was ONE OF THE BEST EVER.. SMH

  13. raiderrob21 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:09 PM

    Its obvious Mario Edwards Jrs constant push at the line of scrimmage is whats missing. It caused the QB’s to reset in the pocket, RB’s to bounce out, and opened things up for Mack. SOMEONE needs to step up until Edwards Jr. returns or Ken wont last to see week 5

  14. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 23, 2016 1:12 PM

    Dear Ken,

    Please don’t change a thing. You’re our hero.

    The Ryan Brothers

  15. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 23, 2016 1:15 PM

    Anyone who followed the Hawks knew Ken Norton was not a genius and just a motivator. Like Dan Campbell of the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders secondary is brutal too.

  16. blackbeard43 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    linebackers suck, period. Except maybe Malcolm Smith. In Cory James we’re down to a sixth round rookie!:/

  17. rudegger says: Sep 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    weak at MLB and at CB.

  18. dsheik says: Sep 23, 2016 1:35 PM

    Not enough talent overall to be a good defense. They can and probably will improve on what weve seen so far, but their D will still be a weak link. Heard their O is top O in the league, so they did well building that up.

  19. dejadoh says: Sep 23, 2016 1:53 PM

    Both New Orleans and Atlanta are two of the top 10 passing offenses in the league. Of course they are going to give up yards. They need to win these games.

  20. radrntn says: Sep 23, 2016 1:55 PM

    Ok, not to make excuses but any fool can tell when Mario Edwards , and Aldon Smith get back in a few weeks, and they line up as defensive ends, and you can drop Khalil Mack, and Bruce Irvin back to oustside LB, and have Malcomb line up in the middle, the majority of your defensive woes will go bye bye…

    Right now the glaring problem is they are trying to Have Sean Smith, and David Amerson play one on one D on the corners. Problem is there is currently no pass rush, which makes it almost impossibe for those guys to cover, when you a QB that much time……I expect a lot more zone this week.

    Go Raiders! Beat the Refs!

  21. radrntn says: Sep 23, 2016 1:58 PM

    dejadoh says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:53 PM
    Both New Orleans and Atlanta are two of the top 10 passing offenses in the league. Of course they are going to give up yards. They need to win these games.
    – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – –

    Just maybe,and I know it’s a reach , but could it be possible that they are in the top 10 in passing because they both played the Raiders…..

  22. raidernation210 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:08 PM

    shootscuz says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:38 PM

    Raiders fans were so confident before the season started. Offense looks good but their defense is a major liability

    ________________________________

    why wouldn’t they? they signed pro bowl players as free agents and the young stars were only going to get better. so far it hasn’t worked out on the defense but it’s only been 2 weeks

  23. bigticket3 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:35 PM

    Carr and cooper are legit, I’m jealous…
    Mack too, even though he is getting taken out with the double teams.
    And gotta love del rio for the guts!
    Good luck nation, you guys are on your way back…

    -niners fan

  24. codythao35 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:51 PM

    And before the season started people are like they’re going to have one of the best defense this year. blah blah blah, ain’t happening.

  25. scott64836 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:54 PM

    I mean this can’t be legit. All off season Raider fans were pounding their chest. They weren’t shooting for an improved year and making the playoffs, no they have been talking Super Bowl. I think the Raiders are going to be just fine and a team to be wary of. But, that can be said for lots of teams. Might slow down the trash talk a bit raider fans!

  26. iseek11 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    Going from Norton to Del Rio is no improvement. Jack left a middling defense that got smoked in the Super Bowl and the year he left the same personnel essentially became record setting and carried the team to a title. It’s not the talent Oakland. It’s the coaching. But you’re not going to get anyone else to come there. Or Vegas. Or anywhere else you go.

  27. platinumraider32 says: Sep 23, 2016 10:22 PM

    I have an idea Norton Jr:

    Put Mack at Linebacker and let him play the same way that #91 for New England plays, Collins I think it is. Switch to a “cover 2” and let Joseph get his beak wet. Unless the kid is hurt no reason he shouldn’t be on the field. This gives your DB’s deep help and they can play up on the receivers knowing they have help over the top. Reggie Nelson is all over the place because aside from Amerson, the DB’s are getting beat like a rented mule. Put Nelson on one side and Joseph on the other. Since the Dline was supposed to be the depth of the defense, moving Mack shouldn’t be an issue, after all he is the 1st player in history to make the pro bowl at “2” positions. Let him play in space and take advantage of his skill set. He lines up in the same place every play and now he’s getting double teamed and chipped by backs. The man is already giving up a minimum of 40lbs to NFL tackles, and still makes tackles and get’s pressure on the QB.

    This is not a hard fix, but as we have all seen, not many coaches have the acumen of “double B” in New England.

    That defense that New England ran against Houston is exactly what the Raiders should be doing.

  28. maximus929 says: Sep 23, 2016 10:57 PM

    Norton Jr is proof that just being AROUND good defenses and coaches does not make you a good coach.

    Year 2 and it’s this bad? You plainly suck.

  29. crashburn32 says: Sep 24, 2016 3:33 AM

    All these opinions….mostly repeating what they saw on TV.
    It gets old.
    Most of you are ready for “the same old Raiders” but that won’t happen this year. Mark my words. They are too talented for that.
    Week 1 & 2 are an aberration.
    Raiders 35, Titans 24.

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