With Jack Del Rio gone, Jon Gruden is expected to get the Raiders job. Gruden’s potential staff has already started to leak out.
The first name reported was Rich Gannon. The former Raiders quarterback could be coming back to Oakland to take the quarterbacks coach job under Gruden.
Gannon was Gruden’s quarterback in Oakland, as Gannon threw for over 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. But in the 2003 Super Bowl, Gannon was picked off five times by Gruden’s Tampa Bay defense.
Along with Gannon, a few names have been floated on offense. John Morton, the Jets offensive coordinator was reported by the New York Daily News.
Morton has just one season under his belt as an offensive coordinator. But the Jets offense was much better than expected with a very shallow pool of talent.
Morton was a practice squad players with the Raiders throughout the mid 1990s. He was also an assistant coach in Oakland from 2002 to 2004.
Gruden is expected to call plays on offense regardless of who his coordinator is.
Two other names to pop up from Alex Marvez of the Sporting News for offensive positions have been Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson and Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn.
On the defensive side of the ball, the only name to surface has been Paul Guenther, the Bengals defensive coordinator.
According to Adam Schefter, Guenther has two good options: join Gruden in Oakland as the defensive coordinator or take over for Marvin Lewis, who may be leaving his head coach position in Cincinnati.
Guenther has been with the Bengals since 2005 and has been the defensive coordinator for the last four seasons. In 2017, the Bengals were 16th in the NFL in points allowed, but were second in 2015 and eighth in 2016.
The Raiders haven’t finished better than 20th in scoring defense since 2006.
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