Jon Gruden plans to move quickly to hire new defensive coordinator

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The Raiders fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Dec. 13, after the team allowed 200 yards rushing in consecutive weeks to the Jets and Colts.

Head coach Jon Gruden picked defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to serve as the interim DC for the rest of 2020. While Gruden said on Monday he plans to have Marinelli continue to be significant part of the defensive coaching staff, Las Vegas will also begin its search for a new coordinator this week.

“We plan to move quickly and we’re excited about this process,” Gruden said in his Monday press conference.

Gruden didn’t address much more on qualities he’s looking for or potential candidates. But he did say he’d like to keep the defense’s basic structure.

“We would like to be aa 4-3 outfit,” Gruden said. “Don’t get me wrong, we’d like to have some three-down elements and be multiple. But we want to play four bigs if we can.”

The Raiders finished 30th in points allowed and 25th in yards allowed in 2020.

“We need to address our inside pass rush and our outside pass rush,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to improve on all three levels and that’s something we’ll start looking into here shortly.”

18 responses to “Jon Gruden plans to move quickly to hire new defensive coordinator

  1. The secondary is also a complete mess. Mullen regressed, Arnette was beyond horrible, Joyner has been playing the wrong position, and the safeties are by far the worst in the league (Abram is an abomination).

  2. Too bad he is not a rookie. Even so, I’m pretty sure Rookies can tackle. I’m almost positive rookies can not be out of position far more times than not. Keep making excuses, if it makes you feel better.

  3. The secondary looks worse because they have zero pass rush. Teams locked into Crosby and that was problem solved. Ferrell is a major miss, especially with Brian Burns and Josh Allen (the jags player) being drafted after. Abram needs to spend some time watching film. But as someone else said, he’s a rookie this year. Not sure what to think of Arnette and Mullen, but this team keeps picking these dbs so early so maybe it’s something about coaching and the system. Some of these guys would do fine on other teams.

  4. Please sign Wade Phillips.
    Let him use his 3-4 and 4-3 defense.
    We really don’t have any defence tackles that are maulers anyways.
    Let Phillips figure it out.

  5. Abrams is always looking to blow someone up instead of making the sure tackle. He needs to get back to basics and play under control, that will hopefully come with experience, maturity and solid coaching but he could be a bonehead, time will tell.

  6. I really don’t want an old recycled coach, I’d rather see a young guy come in there and take charge but I don’t think Gruden will go that route

  7. The Raiders defense was just as bad with Khalil Mack, he didn’t improve them at all, Plus he wasn’t going to resign there, Raiders did what they had to do

  8. You could have four all pro’s in the secondary, but if you give the QB all day to throw, he’ll pick them apart. The Raiders just need a good pass rusher, a middle linebacker, and maybe one more stud on defense. They already have a few young DB’s that they can win with.

  9. I don’t understand why it needs to be a 3-4 vs a 4-3.. all that matters is getting stops.. if we can get that running dime every play I don’t really care what we run.

  10. Some of the criticism leveled at rookie and 2nd year defenders is warranted, but I also think it is a bit premature given Paul Guenther’s schemes, injuries (Abrams is practically a less-than 16 games started rookie and Arnette started in 9, etc.). While most NFL defenses run about 30-40 sets/plays. Guenther’s defense has that many for 3rd downs. In short, it’s complicated, especially for guys trying to play with instincts rather than NFL experience. That said, I think Gruden needs to own the fact that the D-line made a lot of improvement last year under Coach Buckner (whom Gruden fired), and regressed significantly under Marinelli (whom Gruden hired). I sincerely hope that Gruden doesn’t hire Joe Barry, but I’m afraid he will.

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