Report: Raiders hire Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator

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The Raiders have hired Patrick Graham as their new defensive coordinator, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

The Giants had hoped to keep Graham despite the change in head coaches. Graham has spent the past two seasons as the Giants’ defensive coordinator.

Graham also interviewed for the Steelers’ defensive coordinator vacancy and was a head coaching candidate for the Vikings. He interviewed with the Vikings earlier this week before Minnesota’s brass settled on Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

In Las Vegas, Graham reunites with Josh McDaniels. The two men overlapped in New England for four seasons under Bill Belichick.

Graham was there from 2009-15.

He served as Miami’s defensive coordinator in 2019 before joining Joe Judge with the Giants in 2020 as the teams’ defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

20 responses to “Report: Raiders hire Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator

  1. As a giants fan, he was ok, but I’m glad they are moving on. Bend but don’t break works for teams with a quality offense and they definitely don’t have that.

  2. It hasn’t been a perfect process and there are definitely legitimate questions to be asked about Josh McDaniels, but as a Raider fan there seems to be a surprising amount of decidedly competent people coming aboard right now.

  3. It is a great hire by McDaniels, Graham is a defensive mastermind and will do a lot of good there.

  4. This is a huge get for the Raiders. One of the top assistants in the game. Bradley had the defense definitely playing better than Guenther, and Graham will be much better than Bradley. McDaniels is killing it.

  5. There must have been hard feeling after the firing of Joe Judge. Sorry to see you go Coach Graham …

  6. That;s a loss for the Giants. His overworked defense did as much as could have been expected from them.

  7. It was reported Graham was under contract still, do the Giants get any compensation for agreeing to the lateral move?

  8. Can you blame him? He gets passed over as HC, but you want me to stay as DC? I don’t think so…

  9. I’m ok with Graham heading west. His defensive scheme didn’t work for the Giants personnel. A 3-4-4 defense requires OLBs who can rush at any time as well as play the run, a la Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks back in the day… they don’t have those kinds of guys now. Best base defense for the Giants and who they play most often is a 4-2-5. Put together a D-line like 15 years ago with extra DEs for 3rd down, and the pass rush is addressed.

  10. Giants were outscored 72-0 in the last two minutes of the first half. We can do better with Martindale, Fangio or Zimmer. Or go young with Pats’ Jerod Mayo.

  11. I don’t understand why anyone looks at what a coach did with a team in a previous job and expects the same. A coach is only about as good as his players. I remember when New England hired Bill Belichick and everyone was talking about how unsuccessful he was in Cleveland. I remember when The Saints hired Mike Ditka and everyone was expecting his defense in New Orleans to be just like the ’85 Bears. Or even when George Seifert left the 49ers with the highest winning percentage of all time and went to Carolina. They certainly weren’t expecting a 1-15 season out of George. Did I mention all those Patriots assistants that left Tom Brady and failed to win on their own? Including Belichick. It’s a player’s league. A QB league mostly. If The Raiders get a couple more solid players and find an elite QB, all their new coaches will look good. We see this happening every year. Are we slow learners?

  12. Fantastic hire. He is one of only a handful of Belichick assistants who have potential to be great on their own. The only problem is he will likely have a good season and be hired away as a HC a year from now.

  13. Bradley got a lot out of that defense last season, mostly by bringing in some of his old players, but his red zone defense was atrocious. Graham is going to need some bodies to get that defense decent.

  14. charliecharger says:
    February 5, 2022 at 11:25 am
    I don’t understand why anyone looks at what a coach did with a team in a previous job and expects the same. A coach is only about as good as his players. I remember when New England hired Bill Belichick and everyone was talking about how unsuccessful he was in Cleveland. I remember when The Saints hired Mike Ditka and everyone was expecting his defense in New Orleans to be just like the ’85 Bears. Or even when George Seifert left the 49ers with the highest winning percentage of all time and went to Carolina. They certainly weren’t expecting a 1-15 season out of George. Did I mention all those Patriots assistants that left Tom Brady and failed to win on their own? Including Belichick. It’s a player’s league. A QB league mostly. If The Raiders get a couple more solid players and find an elite QB, all their new coaches will look good. We see this happening every year. Are we slow learners?

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    Except the media lied about BB in Cleveland because Modell lied and needee a scapegoat for his corrupt cheapness.

    BB improved the team every year and had them in the postseason and then as a SB favorite.

    Belichick was Executive of the Year and hasn’t failed whatsoever without Brady. He just procured an elite QB to build around the next 10+ years. lol

    Tom Brady would absolutely never in 1 billion years had the development he had without BB. 90% of NFL teams didn’t value that skill set 20 years ago. Ever since BB developed Brady, everyone has been searching for that skill set.

    The problem is, it’s not easy to find or develop. Mac Jones outproduced and performed Brady’s first season, as a rookie.

    Not a coincidence when BB works with the prospect that’s what happens.

  15. I suspect it’s fallout from what the Giants pulled with the Flores interview. That might be enough even if he didn’t suspect the same happened with his own HC interview.

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