Oakland Raiders: Creating Order From Chaos Starts With Coaching

May 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For the first time in seven years, Raider Nation is cautiously optimistic.
Many things have transpired in the last few months to raise the hopes of the fans. This is much more than the wishful thinking that has occupied Raider fans for the last few years. There is a sense of order in the Raider Universe that stands in stark contrast to the chaos and dysfunction that has mired the Nation previously.
In Part I, we will look at the New World Order as it pertains to Coaching. Part II will look at Personnel.
Defensive Coordinator John Marshall
The most significant coaching change is often the least cited change in the Nation. At the end of the 2008 season, long time defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired from the Raiders. The significance of this change cannot be understated. 
A key to the Raiders demise in the last seven years can be found in the run defense. In 2002, the Raiders were ranked third in run defense. In 2003, they wer...

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