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Raiders' Jon Gruden fires Brenston Buckner, hires former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by Doomsday101, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    There's an unexpected change within the Oakland Raiders coaching staff. Granted, it's not nearly as sweeping as what took place in early January due east, where the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with Jason Garrett -- along with most of his coaching staff -- and hired Mike McCarthy, but what happened was Jon Gruden apparently had his eye on one Cowboys coach in particular throughout it all.

    To that end, when defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was informed he wouldn't be retained by the Cowboys, Gruden put a plan into action. The Raiders head coach reportedly fired defensive line coach Brenston Buckner, per NFL insider Jim Trotter, and is expected to replace him with Marinelli for the 2020 season. Buckner joined the Raiders in 2019 and the team saw their sack tally more than double from only 13 the year prior to 32 in 2019, having also improved greatly in run defense.

    That's what makes the move surprising, because Buckner did exactly what he was brought on to do, while Marinelli was coordinating a Cowboys defense in 2019 that took massive steps in the wrong direction.

    The 70-year-old was rumored to be mulling retirement in the previous two off-seasons before doubling down on his commitment to remain with the Cowboys. He's had success at times in Dallas, but it was too inconsistent for McCarthy's tastes, with Marinelli understanding he'd be a casualty of the regime change -- replaced by Mike Nolan in Dallas.

  2. Mobinvans

    Mobinvans Well-Known Member

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    Poor Las Vegas

    I hope they enjoy 30 yard deep safeties
  3. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    That’s kind of crappy to do to a guy that improved that much.
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  4. Centex

    Centex Well-Known Member

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    Quick. Trade them Tristan Hill for a second.
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  5. ghst187

    ghst187 Well-Known Member

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    The raiders are really building a staff of fail out there...can’t believe they didn’t grab JG and chip Kelly out there...
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