Jack Del Rio and the team have decided to retain Ken Norton Jr. to be the defensive coordinator for at least one more year — which will be his third with the team in that role. But they are not retaining the defensive backs coach — Marcus Robertson — who has been fired.
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Raiders have fired defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson Source tells Sporting News
But the decision to retain Ken Norton Jr. is a bit peculiar, to say the least. While the blame for the secondary should fall on the defensive backs coach, it should also fall on the defensive coordinator. Norton often had Sean Smith — a press corner — playing off his man. And he use Reggie Nelson — an old man — in single-high coverage. So Norton Jr. is far from deserving of blame.
There is also the matter that the secondary wasn’t the only problem with the defense — the Raiders finished dead last in the NFL in sacks.
The only legitimate reason to keep Norton Jr. is for continuity — but what good is continunity when you are continuing with an inept coach?
At any rate, it seems like the Wade Phillips to Oakland dream is over. We’ll just have to wait and see what personnel changes are made to the defensive side of the ball by the time next season rolls around, and what Ken Norton Jr. does with said changes.