Player News - Raiders

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Raiders hired Tom Cable as offensive line coach.

This is an odd hire after the Seahawks' offensive line struggled mightily the past few seasons under Cable despite pouring draft and free agency resources into the unit. Cable returns to Oakland after being the Raiders' head coach from 2008 through 2010. He joins Gruden and a new staff with the Raiders looking to revitalize the team after a down year. As Cable is known to have a tight bond with Marshawn Lynch, Cable's hire may increase the chances Lynch plays another season before the team moves to Las Vegas.
Jan 13 - 1:09 PM

Raiders hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

He served as Jon Gruden's special teams coordinator throughout his seven-year tenure in Tampa Bay and will now follow Gruden back to Oakland. Bisaccia spent his previous five seasons in Dallas and has coached in the league in some capacity since 2002.
Source: raiders.com
Jan 12 - 3:46 PM

The NFL has confirmed it is "looking into" the Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden and whether they violated the Rooney Rule in the process.

Although it was later revealed they interviewed two minority candidates — in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — the Raiders appear to have settled on Gruden first then complied with the Rooney Rule later. Ultimately, by the letter of the law/technicality, they did comply, so it's hard to see the league taking action even though the optics of the situation were undeniably bad.
Jan 11 - 6:01 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is "going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage."

"We're going to put him in a position to do some of the things we did in the past with his recognition of defenses, his ability to communicate and showcase his talented arm," Gruden continued. "I think the offense will demand more from him, which will really improve him." Carr's regression along with the rest of the offense certainly played a role in Jack Del Rio getting the boot, so it makes sense for Gruden to focus in on his quarterback right from the start. Getting more out of the receiver room, especially Amari Cooper, should be a priority as well.
Jan 11 - 9:21 AM

Seahawks fired OL coach Tom Cable.

The Seahawks are cleaning house after missing the postseason for the first time in six years. They've already parted ways with four of their assistants including OC Darrell Bevell, DC Kris Richard, QBs coach Carl Davis and now Cable. Seattle's offensive line was among the league's worst this year, consistently failing to protect Russell Wilson while also opening up few holes in the running game. Personnel was an issue but obviously Cable didn't do enough with the pieces he was given. He had been with the Seahawks since 2011.
Jan 10 - 5:36 PM

Raiders hired ex-Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as offensive coordinator.

A 54-year-old football lifer, Olson served as Jon Gruden's QBs coach and offensive coordinator Gruden's final year in Tampa (2008). He coordinated the Raiders' offense in 2013-14 before being fired and heading to Jacksonville. He was fired from there, too, and ended up with Gruden protege Sean McVay in Los Angeles. Olson's job will be to serve as Gruden's sounding board. Gruden is going to call his own plays.
Jan 9 - 3:08 PM

Raiders hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

Gruden took the opportunity to formally announce the hires of OC Greg Olson, DC Paul Guenther and ST coordinator Rich Bisaccia. He also pledged to work together with GM Reggie McKenzie on roster decisions. "It will be a collaborative effort," Gruden insisted. "We've got to work together. Bottom line, it's a team effort." Now 54 and a legitimate television star, Gruden hasn't coached a game since Dec. 28, 2008. He will call his own plays in 2018. Over and over at his introductory presser, Gruden emphasized that he has a lot to prove. He's right.
Jan 9 - 3:08 PM

Raiders hired Paul Guenther as defensive coordinator and Greg Olson as offensive coordinator.

The Raiders flirted with ex-Lions DC Teryl Austin, but he chose the Bengals instead. Although Guenther's 2017 Cincinnati defense faded down the stretch in large part due to injuries, his units were consistently no worse than league average. In four years with Guenther coordinating, Cincinnati finished 14th (2014), 10th (2015), 17th (2016), and 17th (2017) in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA. Olson is best known for his work with young quarterbacks, namely Josh Freeman, Blake Bortles, and Sam Bradford, albeit with mixed results. He was also Derek Carr's position coach during his 2014 rookie year and spent 2017 on the Rams' staff working with Jared Goff.
Jan 8 - 3:48 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie declined the Packers' request to interview him for their general-manager vacancy.

A longtime Packers executive, McKenzie was in Green Bay's front office from 1994-2011 before landing the Raiders' GM job in 2012. He's expected to remain the GM for the Raiders under new coach Jon Gruden. Green Bay has been taking big swings in its search but has been turned down by both McKenzie and Seahawks GM John Schneider. The Packers are casting a wide net.
Jan 6 - 10:50 AM

ESPN's Jim Trotter reports the Raiders are expected to keep GM Reggie McKenzie.

McKenzie's status has been in question with the Raiders hiring Jon Gruden. He declined an interview for Green Bay's GM job, suggesting he'll be a carryover for Gruden in Oakland. After signing an extension last year, McKenzie is under contract through 2020.
Jan 5 - 7:36 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jon Gruden's new deal with the Raiders is worth "about $100 million" over 10 seasons.

Reports last week suggested he would get an ownership stake in the team but Gruden has since refuted that claim. Either way, he's about to become the highest-paid coach in NFL history. Greg Olson (the coach, not the tight end), Paul Guenther and Rich Bisaccia are all expected to join Gruden's staff. His introductory press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
Jan 5 - 1:42 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is expected to join Jon Gruden's staff in Oakland.

Bisaccia served as Gruden's special teams coordinator for seven seasons in Tampa Bay and, in all likelihood, will follow him to Oakland. Gruden is also expected to bring on Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator with Paul Guenther assuming the role of defensive coordinator. These hirings should be made official on Tuesday.
Jan 5 - 1:35 PM

Beat writer Steve Corkran reports the Raiders will introduce Jon Gruden as head coach on Tuesday.

This thing should be announced after Gruden calls the Titans-Chiefs Wild Card game for ESPN on Saturday afternoon. Both Gruden and the Raiders have done a poor job at hiding this for the past week; everyone knows it's going to happen. Gruden hasn't coached since 2008 and has career 95-81 coaching record with a 5-4 mark in the playoffs, including one Super Bowl win with the Bucs. He's expected to chase Greg Olson and Paul Guenther as his OC and DC, respectively.
Jan 5 - 12:38 PM

The league has informed the Fritz Pollard Alliance that the Raiders fulfilled the Rooney Rule in their head-coaching search by interviewing two minority candidates.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance promotes diversity in coaching. According to SiriusXM's Adam Caplan, one of the Raiders' interviews was apparently in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson. The other is unknown. Fulfilling the Rooney Rule was believed to be the Raiders' final hurdle in luring Jon Gruden out of the ESPN booth.
Jan 4 - 8:30 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports presumptive Raiders coach Jon Gruden is expected to hire Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator.

The longtime NFL coordinator served as Gruden's QBs coach and offensive coordinator Gruden's final year in Tampa (2008). He was fired from his most recent coordinating job in Jacksonville in the middle of the 2016 season. Olson served as Raiders coordinator from 2013-14. Gruden had previously believed to be targeting Jets OC John Morton, who would be a better hire than Olson.
Jan 4 - 8:06 PM


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