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O-coordinator options...

Posted: 01/18/2013 11:37 AM

O-coordinator options... 


January, 17, 2013 | By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com |Oakland has O-coordinator options


I’m sure it had to bother Oakland Raiders fans to see AFC West-rival Denver fill its offensive coordinator job less than 48 hours after it opened. Ken Whisenhunt became the offensive coordinator in San Diego on Thursday. Oakland’s search has been ongoing now for 17 days with no end in sight. 

But Denver’s decision to promote quarterbacks coach Adam Gase to offensive coordinator instead of going outside of the organization could benefit the Raiders. There seem to be more offensive coordinators than open jobs@this point. 

Among the available candidates include, Pat Shurmur, Chan Gailey, Cam Cameron, Mike Mularkey, Marty Mornhinweg & Mike Tice

Oakland has already considered Mike Martz, Greg Olson & in-house candidate Al Saunders. Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton could also be a candidate. He is well-regarded & has NFL experience. Oakland coach Dennis Allen tabbed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver out of the nearby school last year. 

Yes, the process is slow, but there is no real timetable. Sure, the Oakland staff is coaching in the Senior Bowl next week, but it doesn't need an offensive coordinator in place for that game. The Raiders would get by with its current staff if need be. The Senior Bowl is traditionally a prime opportunity to interview for coaches, so perhaps Allen will find his new offensive coordinator there. Allen also needs a special-teams coach, offensive line coach & a linebackers coach. 

So, even though the process has been slow, there is no shortage of potential candidates in Oakland.
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Posted: 01/18/2013 5:54 PM

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Al Saunders if he will take the job..



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Posted: 01/18/2013 7:31 PM

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If the Raiders are serious about improving they need to get an OC that will work with Pryors abilities. Pryor could and is better than all of these new young running qbs.  He was better in college despite a bland offense ran by Jim Tressel. If Pryor had a coach that used  his abilities he would be awesome. Go get a new and upcoming oc that knows the spread. If not Chip Kelly will take pryor and make him a star. PRYOR IS A BEAST AND NEEDS COACHES THAT BELIEVES IN HIM!!!
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Posted: 01/19/2013 10:21 AM

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pryor is not better than the young qbs tearing it up now, he is nowhere near as well of a passer as wilson, kaep and griffin. he also apparantly cant grasp a playbook or else we would have seen more of him sooner.
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Posted: 01/19/2013 2:10 PM

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Really do you watch football
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Posted: 01/19/2013 6:07 PM

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Whether he is better or worse is yet to be seen, but QBs don't play in a vacuum. We know that the talent is better in Ohio State than Baylor, Nevada, or Wisconsin. That can help put Pryor in a position to look like a better college QB. I think it's worth throwing Cam Newton into the mix as a dual threat QB too. As a #1 pick, he's got all the talent in the world but not the wins in the NFL.

We also know that this Raider team was pathetic. Without an effective run game that Lynch, Gore, and Morris bring, teams can focus on Pryor. We don't have a reliable veteran pass catcher like Santana Moss, Vernon Davis, Steve Smith, etc. Our defense got gashed in the run, constantly overmatched in the pass, and created very few turnovers. That means that if Pryor plays over a full season, he's not going to have the short fields off of punts and turnovers that SF and Seattle gave their QBs. He's also going to be forced into games where we abandon the run because the defense gives up early touchdowns and puts us down big.

Let's face it, the value of the supporting cast correlates directly with the success of the QB. SF and Seattle are great across the board, which is why they easily made the playoffs and won there with inexperienced QBs. Washington had a great RB but key injuries on defense, so they had moderate success. Carolina surrounded Cam with a pretty bad team, and they weren't any good until the last month of the season. The Raiders have the biggest question marks, and putting Pryor in would more likely than not keep us in the bottom of the division.
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