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Obscurity Dominates Raiders Coaching Hires

I am starting to question Reggie McKenzie's decision to hire Dennis Allen as the first head coach of the new era of Raider football. I mean he only has one season of defensive play-calling experience and that was a mediocre 24th ranking at that. Also he doesn't have the luxury of playing against Carson Palmer anymore to hand out three INTs like in Oakland last year to help his turnovers forced numbers. The biggest concern is the obscure names being passed around such as today's most recent hires for example. Ted Gilmore, not the offensive coordinator but merely the wide receiver coach for one season under Lane Kiffin at USC is coming to coach the same position with the Raiders. He was a receivers coach with the Nebraska Cornhuskers a few years ago which means at least he can coach WR blocking which is not horrible. Also John Defilippo instead of a returning Al Saunders is coming in to coach the quarterbacks. This is the same person who helped develop Jafatshit into a perennial Pro Bowl QB. Jason Tarver is the new DC under Allen and having never called plays for the Stanford Cardinal only to start at the NFL level is worrisome. I could care less about his education. I have met several people with scholastic credentials that lack logic. This is not to say Tarver is that same type of person but his defenses while they could stop the run were rather mediocre against the pass in huge games against Oregon and Oklahoma St. Also Andrew Luck's brilliance at conducting the no huddle and knowing defensive tendencies could have meant more to the offense controlling time of position than anything the defense did. Greg Knapp's hiring may be considered nothing more than another footnote in Raiders coaching history next to Bed and Breakfast and Art Shell. I am going to wait for the season to start but I am not expecting an immediate resurgence of Raiders football this season. Maybe once Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie get their feet wet things may turn around but I will not be surprised with a slow learning curve in Season one with a bunch of overpaid and selfish malcontents expecting these no names to tell them how to do their jobs. We can only hope Reggie knows something most of us don't which is why he is the man in charge.

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