TSN rankings: Marshall over Ryan


It remains to be seen whether the Raiders will play better defense under John Marshall than they did under Rob Ryan, but according to a top 20 ranking by the Sporting News, the Raiders have upgraded in that area.

RealScouts, a group of former NFL scouts utilized by TSN, ranks Marshall No. 12 in its top 20 defensive coordinators. Ryan, who departed the Raiders after his contract expried and was hired in Cleveland by Eric Mangini, was ranked No. 20.

Marshall is the third-ranked defensive coordinator in the AFC West, trailing Denver’s Mike Nolan (huh?) at No. 7 and Clancy Pendergast of Kansas City at No. 12, and ahead of San Diego’s Ron Rivera at No. 14.

Meanwhile, RealScouts ranked former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp of Seattle (No. 14) ahead of current passing game coordinator Ted Tollner (No 19).

In ranking NFL head coaches 1 through 32, Tom Cable was rated No. 30, ahead of only Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris and Denver’s Josh McDaniels.

Other RealScouts top-ranked players and where Raiders and AFC West players are ranked in the top 20 (centers and fullbacks were ranked through 10; return specialists through 15):

Quarterback– Peyton Manning, Indianapolis. JaMarcus Russell is not ranked. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is No. 6 and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel is No. 20.

Running backs–Adrian Peterson, Minnesota. Darren McFadden is ranked No. 12. San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson is ranked No. 8.

Wide receivers– Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona. No Raiders receivers are ranked. Denver wide receiver Brandon Marshall is No. 17.

Tight ends– Jason Witten, Dallas. Raiders tight end Zach Miller is ranked No. 12. San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is ranked No. 5.

Fullbacks– Greg Jones, Jacksonville. No Raiders fullbacks are ranked in the top 10 (voting tabulated before Lorenzo Neal signed as a free agent). Denver fullback Peyton Hillis is ranked No. 10.

Guards– Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota. Raiders left guard Robert Gallery is ranked No. 12. Chiefs guard Brian Waters is No. 3, Chargers Kris Dielman is No. 5.

Tackles– Ryan Clady, Denver. No Raiders tackles are ranked. San Diego’s Marcus McNeil is No. 18.

Centers– Nick Mangold, New York Jets. Raiders center Samson Satele is not ranked in the top 10 (nor is former center Jake Grove). Chargers center Nick Hardwick is No. 2.

Defensive ends– Jared Allen, Minnesota. No Raiders or AFC West defensive ends are ranked.

Defensive tackles– Albert Haynesworth, Washington. No Raiders defensive tackles are ranked. San Diego tackles Luis Castillo (a 3-4 end) and Jamal Williams are ranked Nos. 9 and 12.

Outside linebackers– DeMarcus Ware, Dallas. No Raiders outside linebackers were ranked. Most picks were outside pass rushers in a 3-4 defense. San Diego’s Shawne Merriman was ranked No. 3 and Shaun Phillips No. 14.

Inside linebackers– Brian Urlacher, Chicago. Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison is ranked No. 10.

Cornerbacks– Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders. Chris Johnson is not ranked. Denver’s Champ Bailey is ranked No. 3. San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie is No. 7. DeAngelo Hall, a Raider for eight games last season, is somehow ranked No. 8.

Safeties– Ed Reed Baltimore. No Raiders safeties are ranked. Denver’s Brian Dawkins is ranked No. 7.

Place kickers– Stephen Gostkowski, New England. Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is not ranked in the top 10, nor are any AFC West place kickers.

Punters– Shane Lechler, Raiders. San Diego punter Mike Scifres is No. 4 and Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt No. 7 in the top 10.

Return specialist–Reggie Bush, New Orleans. Raiders punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins was ranked No. 15.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • r8rpaver

    Vaction with insider.hahahahahahahahahah…your mom took your computer away is more like it

  • bobertsIV


    Of course they are its knock off bootleg stuff you can also get lewey baton, Gughhcci, and hepitites A, all from TJ, ohh and a donkey show and honestly spending your 25$ on the Donkey show will bring more pleasure than a FAKE STUPID JERSEY with names spelled wrong!!! figures that poor trashy people ride the barts to games and buy fake jerseys!!! LOL at “the real raider fans”

  • OAKlifer

    Hey O whats up bro!!!
    work is killin me lately busy busy but in this economy at least I can work!! and chat with my Raider Brethran!!!

  • R8,

    I can now, but I don’t have the time. I will before I leave this great country, I will come to Oakland for a long visit.

  • r8rpaver

    21+ 25=….O im the one that cant count remember…you think the world is flat LMAO

  • LMAO. Bob Ignatowski had RRS banned!?

    As if. What a bozo.

  • OAKlifer

    your mom took your computer away is more like it

    Bobby why you even try bro?? just finish pulling ur finger out of duder’s arse and call it a day you posted one time and got owned!!!!!!

  • Bob,

    I have been to Mexico, I loved it. Good food, and great people.

  • R8,

    Your original 21st bday is part of the 25th time. So you add 24 + 21 ( original Bday)= 45.

  • bobertsIV

    B.J. Schembechler,

    we all know what B.J. stands for nice moniker…if your not carefull you will be next! fitting to see you run to the aid of wannaberocker thought it would be his internet wanksta BF sflifer but i’ll take it from you just the same!!!! Hey guys I have jerseys for sell they are all Moss jerseys and they are 20 $$$ just let me know!! I know how you FAKES like to BUY FAKE poser stuff to save money!!LOL but anyways its spelled Mos but nobody will see that right Paver????

  • R8,


    It looks flat on the map!!

  • bobertsIV

    well you guys are to dilusional for me to day p!lls are kickin in and the beach is calling…One last word of advise. SUPORRT A REAL TEAM AND OWNER!!!!!

  • bobertsIV Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 11:23 am
    B.J. Schembechler,

    we all know what B.J. stands for nice moniker…


    Keep your fantasies to yourself Ignatowski. The acronym is B.S.J….your triple vision got them in the wrong order. That, and your repressed castro perversions.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    BobertsIV…post 145:

    I am one of many long time Raiders fans and will remain a fan for many seasons over the coming years. Love the Raiders, but I’ve come to realize over the years that Al
    Davis lost it. We all have flaws and we all make mistakes.
    In my opinion, Davis was unable to adjust and adapt to the changing players (bigger and faster) and the changing game.

    Over the last six years, especially, Davis has tried, unsuccessfully, to do everything himself and that has just added to his woes. The Raiders have slipped to the bottom, and sadly, we will remain there, or at best, near
    the mid-level of teams (bottom 16). Nothing will change that as long as Al Davis is the owner running this team.
    With his declining health, his senility kicking in, and his inability to do everything himself. We can only expect more gloom and doom.

    Ya, I, like many here, Love the Raiders, and I like many here, “hate Al Davis,” and I see him for what he is and what he’s become over the last decade. It started when he traded Jon Gruden, old Chucky.

  • OAK,

    Unemployment rate in SD county is around 9%!!

  • r8rpaver

    ok,ok,O im 46 mannnnn

  • r8rpaver

    new post