Raiders fire Ken Norton Jr., promote John Pagano to defensive coordinator

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The Raiders have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and now they’re making a coordinator change.

Head coach Jack Del Rio has fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and will replace him with John Pagano, NFL Network reports.

Norton, a former Pro Bowl linebacker, is in his third season as defensive coordinator of the Raiders. This year has not gone well: The Raiders are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have an interception, and Oakland has allowed the highest passer rating in the NFL to opposing quarterbacks.

The Raiders face the Broncos on Sunday. Denver fired its offensive coordinator this week.

64 responses to “Raiders fire Ken Norton Jr., promote John Pagano to defensive coordinator

  1. Way too late for this. JDR should be out barring a major turnaround this season. The defense has been awful his entire time in Oak, and the offense took a step back under the OC he promoted while dumping Musgrave who had them playing great last season. Del Rio is a good DC, not a good HC. Way too much talent on this Raider team to be playing like they are.

  2. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Del Rio has no business being a HC. in his 15 years being a HC in the NFL I think he only has 3 winning seasons

  3. Norton has been terrible no doubt, but Pagano? he has been on staff all year what the hell has he done to fix anything?

  4. I never like to see people fired but I wish they would have done this during the offseason and got wade phillips…..

  5. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Del Rio is the worst coach on that team, but fire Norton instead. I hope this thought process continues for the worst sports franchise in the country.

  6. oh and i forgot, the OC gets a free pass? at least Norton has been consistant with garbage defense.

    This O-coord took a top offense and made it garbage, to me thats even worse!!

  7. They really are down a number of DB’s but still, the playcalling has been brutal on both sides of the ball.

    I glad to see Norton finally gone.

  8. The Raiders should’ve fired Norton during the last offseason and stayed away from Pagano. They should’ve instead brought in Wade Phillips as the DC. Wade did a great job in Denver where the defense overcame a horrible offense (look at the broncos without Phillips).

  9. And guess who is the new OC that’s facing the Raiders this weekend? Mr. Bill Musgraves. Think he has any extra motivation?

  10. “The Raiders face the Broncos on Sunday. Denver fired its offensive coordinator this week.”

    There’s a black hole of suck game if there ever was one.

  11. Maybe Marky does read this site. Thank you Mr. Davis. Next on the list is JDR if he doesn’t turn this around. I don’t want to hear about injuries. When the defense is healthy, they still don’t even do the fundamentals correctly. If JDR is gone, first on my list is still Jim Harbaugh, then Chucky since he works better with an established QB. 3rd would be any top 5 DC that has a long track record of of running top defenses.

  12. Fired lotsa guys in Jville to keep his job…horrible coach…they have talent,will be an attractive job if it comes open..

  13. Rex Ryan would be the perfect fit. I can only imagine what he would do for Mack. For hose of you non educated football fans please name the talent Del Rio had in Jacksonville and why he didn’t succeed?

  14. Derek Carr style of Quarterbacking: “Okay, I’m gonna throw the ball 30-40 yards and Michael (Crabtree), Amari (Cooper), I hope one of you guys are there to catch it!”

  15. The defense is about as bad as it was last year. The offense has regressed, carr hasn’t lived up to franchise qb and cooper drops more passes than…well, just about anyone. I guess its more symbolic than anything firing the DC, but the real problems are elsewhere

  16. the team is dead last in offensive snaps, and you fire the DC???…might want to also look at the play calling……after all Jack is the coach with a defensive background….hoping Hue Jackson gets fired this off season, and bring him in as OC.

  17. Just funny. All you Raider fans were on here laughing at the Seahawks for stealing Norton and Irvin and Lynch and Curry and….

  18. My bet is that Musgrave has revenge on his mind and will be looking to hang 50+ on this Raiders “defense”.

    But, that’s only if they can get Elway out of the box.

    Either way it will be a hard game to watch.

    Two awful teams who will most likely quit in the 2nd qtr after it turns into a penalty riddled tickle fight.

  19. Luckily, Derek left so much money on the table they can just buy in any needed new weapons, and a whole championship-level Defense if need be. Even so, with Derek’s ankle not broken this year, the Raiders are still bound to win the SB just like they were last year, only more so now they have Beastmode too – book it. If all else fails just whine again about the refs correctly calling the Tuck Rule 2 decades ago, like you’ve done every year since, if it helps.

  20. Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie need to go. His draft picks have for the most part sucked (Mack, Carr, Watson, Cooper, Jackson, Washington, Murray). Maybe 10 players in 6 years. 1 winning season in 6 years. He needs to go. Davis gave him an extension to 2020, that’s a mistake.

    McKenzie made a huge mistake getting Lynch who has been a lightening rod for everyone to look at. Cooper’s disappearance is on Downing who needs to be the next to go.

  21. mullman76 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Two awful teams who will most likely quit in the 2nd qtr after it turns into a penalty riddled tickle fight.
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    That’s a far cry from RAIDER NATION & GO RAIDERS! lmao

    Carry on.

  22. This team is suffering from ‘RELOCATION’ blues and they haven’t ‘RELOCATED’ yet. They’re playing like they’re going someplace else in the near future. Raider Nation has been ripped off once again. Davis does anything to fill the seats…temporarily. Does he really think a new stadium will pack them in in Nevada to see a losing team? He believes Oakland fans will drive to LV to see a Raiders game. This is like Spanos. He thought SD fans would drive up the coast to see a Chargers game. It won’t work and will be another ‘RELOCATION’ disaster that damages the NFL. Next up…the San Antonio Bills as Pegula wants out of cold Buffalo. Are the Jets to Montgomery Alabama. They have good football fans in Alabama.

  23. wallabear says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    Derek Carr style of Quarterbacking: “Okay, I’m gonna throw the ball 30-40 yards and Michael (Crabtree), Amari (Cooper), I hope one of you guys are there to catch it!”
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    Lol … Cooper leads the league in drop passes and the Raiders as a team lead the league in dropped passes. Please explain to me how that is Carr’s fault.

  24. Wow no Rooney rule process? Will screaming a Smith be crying about this on ESPN tomorrow. It is obviously blatant racism

  25. Reggie McKenzie came on board with a top ten offense and a bottom 5 defense … 6 years later nothing has changed. Well maybe the defense got worst that’s about it.

  26. So this Sunday the Raiders and Broncos are playing for last place … I bet the ratings will be the lowest ever for a Bronco/Raider game.

  27. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Wow no Rooney rule process? Will screaming a Smith be crying about this on ESPN tomorrow. It is obviously blatant racism
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    (sigh) As was explained to you when you race baited over the Jags hiring of Keenan McCardell chip the Rooney rule only applies to head coaching and senior football operation jobs and does not apply at all to in season interim promotions.

  28. @commentawaitingdeletion: Yes, it is.

    The RAIDERS are an overwhelming disappointment.

    But, as a RAIDERS fan, it’s something I’m used to.

    All good, I’m stoked you’ve been enjoying the season.

    RAIDER NATION

  29. All of you who say Derek Carr is the problem aren’t very bright. Amari Cooper has dropped a lot of passes, Crabtree has dropped a lot of passes, all the other receivers with the possible exception of Jared Cook aren’t doing very well. So you kind of wonder what kind of funk they’re going through.

  30. This move was long overdue. Although there is not much talent on that defense outside of Mack, KNJ is best served as a position coach. For those who keep bringing up Wade Phillips, who’s to say he would accepted the job if offered. Raiders= Most disappointing team this season and it’s not even close.

  31. The media has us fooled. By having Mack, who is a stud, we have been led to believe the defense was very good. At least on the D side of the ball, maybe it is not the coaching but rather the players. At what point does the GM take the fall for supplying the players..

  32. Lots of storylines: Broncos new offensive coordinator against Raiders new defensive coordinator. Musgrave fired after last season with the Raiders, while the guy he replaced, Mike McCoy, was John Pagano’s boss last season.

  33. Raider fans were talking crap before the season and how’s that working out? Rolling up the carpets in Oakland!See ya!

  34. It’s amazing how the Raiders always end up with the bottom of the barrel coaching staffs. Ken Norton, Jr. was a joke as is Del Rio and their offensive coordinator. No wonder the city of Oakland will not support them.

  35. So this Sunday the Raiders and Broncos are playing for last place …
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    The real question is…Does the losing team fire it’s head coach?

  36. Losing coaches? That’s how you know you’ve tangled with the Champs. But keep telling yourself the only thing standing between you and 15 years of glory was a properly called play against Brady before he won the first of five SB rings.

  37. Dude Raider Nation get rid of that clown you have parading around like a head coach he is not, always rides the coat tales of a good defense and it makes him seem like a genius, he is definitely not that. He’s the new Dave Wannstedt. We’ve seen that show before.

    Jags Fans

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