With the announcement that Jason Tarver is officially our defensive coordinator we now have completed the hiring of the 3 most important positions on the staff. A Jack Nicholson quote sticks in my head for what I think of these hires and it is from the movie Mars Attacks.
"Two out of Three AINT BAD!"
I don't feel like going through the same bad mouthing of Greg Knapp being our offensive coordinator all over again. It is safe to say that his hiring was a bit disliked by Raider Nation. By a bit disliked I of course mean despised with the fire of a thousand suns. I am actually considered a supporter of him because I simply dislike the hire. That is almost as positive as any of us have been about the hire, minus a couple of stragglers that show up here and there that give minute amounts of praise and hope.
As for the other hires though I am excited about them. I have liked the hire of Dennis Allen all along and think he is going to be a great coach for years to come. Time will be the only thing that gives us an answer to his abilities but I am very excited to see what he brings to our team. Its a new age for us and its nice to know that we are going to try and start it out with such a young up and coming coach that could bring the stability sorely missed since the Curse of Gruden began.
With Jason Tarver I think we have one of the future brilliant minds of the NFL. I very much believe Tarver will be a head coach in a few years, although whether that happens will depend on his success with us. If he comes in and turns our defense around and works well with Allen than his stock is going to sky rocket.
I can't speak highly enough of the IQ levels that Tarver has. The man is literally a genius, and I don't just mean football. His extensive education in science is going to open up levels of perception on our defense that few others could open. He believes in simplifying things to their purest form and his greatest asset is his perception abilities. As a scientist he has always been great at taking notice of every little thing and that is one of the things that all great coaches do.
Having a coach this young with this much experience taking over our defensive play calling is a major step up. Mike Nolan is one of the great defensive minds there is, and Mike Singletary was one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. To have worked closely with those gentlemen and get some knowledge from those people should bring a new level of intensity to our defense. He is guy that immediately should receive respect for being a part of such a great defense. The Stanford defense that he was the Co-Coordinator for was not too shabby either.
The coaching staff is looking very good to me, with the only question mark of course being Knapp. I believe this hire of Jason should give fans a little more faith in Allen after his hiring of Knapp had people wondering if he was really going to make the proper decisions for our team. Even though Knapp is a definite downgrade in our minds from Saunders, I think Jason is that much and then some better than his predecessor so I now think our coaching staff is officially better than it was with our coaches last year. I know a lot of people probably wont agree with that and we will see the results on the field but I am very confident with the staff we put together.