Coaching staff change despite playoffs


As new Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels settles in, much of the coaching staff from last year has been disbanded.

It shouldn’t surprise too many people that once Raiders owner Mark Davis decided he was bringing in McDaniels and another New England Patriot by association, new general manager Dave Ziegler, that it was possible that last season’s coaching staff be fired. Well, that’s exactly what’s happening as new faces replace old ones.

The biggest names out of Silver and Black today are Greg Olson, Gus Bradley and Rich Bisaccia. Olson’s exit was a given that McDaniels would essentially lead the offense. It’s obvious since the new head coach of the Raiders has been one of the best offensive coordinators of the last 10 years.

Olson did himself a disservice last year as the offense, in general, began to fade over time. However, give credit where it’s due; Josh Jacobs saw a resurgence late in the year and helped push the Silver and Black into the playoffs, literally.

Who else is missing for the Raiders?

Rich Bisaccia, who brought the team together and saved them from a complete spin, is now in Green Bay. Bisaccia will return to his former position as special teams coordinator for a team that has had many different coaches in that role over the past few years.

The Raiders’ defense, which ultimately played at a respectable but not elite level, also saw its boss jettisoned. Gus Bradley will assume the same title with the Indianapolis Colts. Matt Eberflus, who was the defensive coordinator for the Colts, left behind a promising unit that Bradley is sure will continue to develop.

Defensive backs coach Ron Milus is expected to join Bradley with the Colts, who has done an incredible job developing Nate Hobbs and Trevon Moehrig. Rod Marinelli, the defensive line coach, is set to retire, though there are rumblings from former Chicago Bears players pleading with their old team to bring in Marinelli as defensive coordinator.

The other assistant who was shown the door was Tom Cable, who had done a good job at times as an offensive line coach. In particular, he was instrumental in the development of Kolton Miller into top 10 offensive tackles. However, the unit underperformed in 2021. Surely many changes on the offensive line played a role, but in the end, Cable also disappeared.

The most notable assistant who will remain with the Raiders is Edgar Bennett, who developed players such as Hunter Renfrow and Henry Ruggs III as a wide receivers coach. His retention is also interesting because of his history with current Packers catcher Davante Adams.

The Raiders made the playoffs with this staff after losing their leader, Jon Gruden. However, the organization has turned the page on the 2021 season, and with it, its technical staff.

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