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Breaking news: Raiders hire seasoned, well-regarded offensive coordinator

The Raiders on Friday hired Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Friday night.
Olson spent last season as the assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He replaces Greg Knapp in Oakland and will work under coach Dennis Allen.
Olson has six years’ experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, including three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from 2009-11. He also had one year in that capacity with the Detroit Lions and two with the St. Louis Rams.
During that time, Olson was credited with the rapid development of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman into one of the league’s more promising players and for getting the most out of the Rams skill position players.
In 2006, the Rams became only the fourth team in NFL history with a 4,000-yard passer (Marc Bulger), 1,500-yard rusher (Steven Jackson) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce).
It’s also worth noting that Olson favors a power-blocking scheme, which means the zone-blocking scheme favored by Knapp and fired offensive line coach Frank Pollack are gone after one season.
That should help jump-start running back Darren McFadden, who averaged only 3.3 yards per carry in 2012 and never looked comfortable in the scheme.
Jackson had his best season in 2006, when Olson was his offensive coordinator.
Olson also worked with Drew Brees when both were at Purdue and Olson was the quarterbacks coach and coached under Jon Gruden, when both were with the Buccaneers.
Allen hired Olson after a lengthy and thorough search that included interviews with numerous high-profile candidates. In the end, Allen felt as if Olson is the best fit.
Many in league circles speak highly of Olson and say he’s a bright offensive coach. It’s conceivable that Olson will join the Raiders in time to help the coaching staff work the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., next week.
No word yet from the Raiders on when Olson will be introduced as their offensive coordinator.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Streater and Criner can work the short to mid range stuff.

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    Can they though?

    When the going gets tough, you need a 3rd and 9 to extend a crucial drive, I want someone who has done it before. On a huge stage.

    Our best 3rd and 9 options is to hope Palmer hangs out someone to dry over the middle, he gets creamed and we get a hit on a defenseless reciever penalty.

    And it ain’t because of our RT!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Would Philly give up a #2 to move up 1 spot?

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    No way I would think.

    Last year Minny went from #3 to #4 and got a 4th and a 6th from Cleveland.

    Which, I would certainly be all for.

  • J Hill

    Can they though?

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    I don’t see why not.

  • tonedeezy

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    Raiders are gonna surprise.

    It will be discovered just how devastating Knapp was to the offense.

    The D will continue to play like they did at the end of the season…only better with the addition of a couple good FA’s and a stud lineman we get at # 3.

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    i’m glad that some people’s panties aren’t all in a twist.

    dude develops quarterbacks, and he got Chad Henne to play better than he ever has.
    and some idiot poster on here was trying to claim that this hire is proof that DA is tryna hate on TP…

  • J Hill

    Moore, Streater, Criner, Ford.

    Decent group of WRs, JFB.

    Once you add a Wallace/Bowe/Jennings type guy, could be special.

  • EMRaiders

    So if we pick up one of those top FA WRs, which WR currently on the roster would we drop?

    DHB
    Moore
    Ford
    Criner
    Streater

    Or would we carry 6?

    By the way… I did see names like Chaz Schillens, Louis Murphy, and dare I say it… Randy Moss on that list of FAs….lol

  • J Hill

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and DT Tommy Kelly are candidates to be released by the Raiders in a salary cap crunch.
    Due a prohibitive $7.72 million while coming off concussion and hamstring injuries in 2012, DHB has very little trade value. It’s the same story for Kelly at $6.5 million. Already close to the 2013 salary cap limit of $121 million, the Raiders will have to make tough cuts this offseason. Jan 4 – 12:14 PM

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    Kelly and Seymour gone???

    Star is the pick, lol.

    SMH

  • eastoaklandraider

    Hey JFB, hows that oline working out for Ben now? Now that the D is getting old and they have failed to address the oline where is Pitt heading? looks like their trending down to me. And dont get it twisted Pitt won those SB on the backs of their D. Same can be said for CHI, Cutler is an injury waiting to happen behind that line and there D is also getting long in the tooth thus their window of opportunity is closing and they have a solid core of skill players but the foundation is missing and they are no longer able to just win with D.

  • alex7

    DHB would be gone.

    Incredibly inconsistent hands, and the catches he has made were basic ones that any of the other guys on the unit can make for millions less.

  • rediaR

    EMRaiders Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    So if we pick up one of those top FA WRs, which WR currently on the roster would we drop?

    DHB
    Moore
    Ford
    Criner
    Streater

    Or would we carry 6?

    By the way… I did see names like Chaz Schillens, Louis Murphy, and dare I say it… Randy Moss on that list of FAs….lol
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    Teams usually carry 6 these days.

    But yeah, let DHB, Moore, Streater, Ford, Criner, Hagan and any other FAs and/or rookies compete for the final 5 spots.

  • alex7

    what was the record of the Bears O-line with and without Cutler?

    You can’t win squat with a great O-line/D-line and no QBs/WRs. All about skill players.

    Ask the Singletary 49ers and the current Chiefs.

  • rediaR

    Nobody will argue against DHB being overpaid, but I’d still love to have him on the team at a reasonable price. Or at least compete for a spot.

  • alex7

    CDE

    Blount is the opposite character of what new Raiders want. He was constantly late to practices and not much of a team player, thus the drafting of Doug Martin in round 1 despite Blount’s 1,000 yard season.

  • alex7

    smart, rational long-term view.

    Q: The ‘you can make anything work out’ seemed to be the philosophy here for a long time. And obviously you could do that too if you wished, but you choose to go in a different direction. What are the advantages of the way you want to do it?

    McKenzie: “I’m looking for the future. We’re trying to build something here. And with building, you can’t mortgage the future in doing that. So we’re trying to lay down a good foundation, get the core players that we’ve seen can build this team the right way and make good, sound decisions, be it financial, the personnel, …
    We’re not trying to hurry up to win one or two [more] games and mortgage the possibility of winning 10 more, you know what I’m saying? We’re just going to build it the right way, make good, sound decisions.”

  • rediaR

    Alex7 Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    what was the record of the Bears O-line with and without Cutler?

    You can’t win squat with a great O-line/D-line and no QBs/WRs. All about skill players.

    Ask the Singletary 49ers and the current Chiefs.
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    The Bears O-Line has been terrible for the past several years.

    The 9ers spent high picks on O-Line and D-Line making that the strength of the team.

    You need both to be a really good team. To argue the importance of one over the other is inconsequential. You NEED a QB. You NEED to keep him standing. You NEED to have someone else on the field to make plays with the QB.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Pitt and Chi have plenty of skill players and they are at home, and it cost Lovie his job as he failed to adress the oline problem you can be assured Trestman will be on it ASAP, Tomlin will also be on his way out soon if he fails to address his oline problems.

  • CDERaider

    Per suggestion from a Bleacher article, Reggie could get our 2nd round pick back from the Bengals in a 1st round swap (they pick 21st overall) plus their 4th and 5th and a 2nd in 2014. Bengals still get a better overall value (according to draft value chart) *but* we pick up our missing 2013 picks giving us 3 picks in the top 67 pick. The extra 4th rounder bundled with the 2014 2nd round pick we could then use to trade up in the mid 3rd round to get even another pick. That’s 4 players in the top 85. We could take target players at the ‘big 4′ needs : CB, OT, DT, DE/OLB. We’d still have a 4th, 5th, 6th, two 7ths, and whatever comp (probably 2) picks left to fill in the rest. OG, CB, TE, ILB, DE/OLB, WR, RB

    Bengals are a trade target because they are in that ’1-2 players away mode’ from taking the next step and have extra picks this year to deal with. They might bite to have an elite DE like Bjorne Werner on their team.

  • eastoaklandraider

    why are Big Ben and Cutler hurt so much? hmmm.

  • rediaR

    Alex7 Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    CDE

    Blount is the opposite character of what new Raiders want. He was constantly late to practices and not much of a team player, thus the drafting of Doug Martin in round 1 despite Blount’s 1,000 yard season.
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    Blount’s pass protection and catching abilities are questionable at best. He’s an athlete with power who can make some mind blowing plays from time to time, but he’s not a guy you want being THE guy.

  • eastoaklandraider

    RediaR Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    Alex7 Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    what was the record of the Bears O-line with and without Cutler?

    You can’t win squat with a great O-line/D-line and no QBs/WRs. All about skill players.

    Ask the Singletary 49ers and the current Chiefs.
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    The Bears O-Line has been terrible for the past several years.

    The 9ers spent high picks on O-Line and D-Line making that the strength of the team.

    You need both to be a really good team. To argue the importance of one over the other is inconsequential. You NEED a QB. You NEED to keep him standing. You NEED to have someone else on the field to make plays with the QB.
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    No Oline you will have hurt QB’S like Ben and Jay.

  • CDERaider

    alex7 Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    CDE

    Blount is the opposite character of what new Raiders want. He was constantly late to practices and not much of a team player, thus the drafting of Doug Martin in round 1 despite Blount’s 1,000 yard season.

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    Could be right, but we need a tough-running big back behind DMAC – was a huge missing element this year and since Olson has history with Blount and he’s still young and available cheaply, worth giving a shot. He looked pretty bad azz in 2010 and maybe a move to west coast helps ala Marshawn Lynch.

    Maybe Peyton Hillis is another option but he’s def more $$…

  • eastoaklandraider

    It was kinda fun while it lasted DHB, Kelly.

  • rediaR

    CDERaider Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    Per suggestion from a Bleacher article, Reggie could get our 2nd round pick back from the Bengals in a 1st round swap (they pick 21st overall) plus their 4th and 5th and a 2nd in 2014. Bengals still get a better overall value (according to draft value chart) *but* we pick up our missing 2013 picks giving us 3 picks in the top 67 pick. The extra 4th rounder bundled with the 2014 2nd round pick we could then use to trade up in the mid 3rd round to get even another pick. That’s 4 players in the top 85. We could take target players at the ‘big 4′ needs : CB, OT, DT, DE/OLB. We’d still have a 4th, 5th, 6th, two 7ths, and whatever comp (probably 2) picks left to fill in the rest. OG, CB, TE, ILB, DE/OLB, WR, RB

    Bengals are a trade target because they are in that ‘1-2 players away mode’ from taking the next step and have extra picks this year to deal with. They might bite to have an elite DE like Bjorne Werner on their team.
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    I’d rather have Joekel, Warmack, Star (even though I’m not totally sold) or pass rusher dejour honestly.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Personally I like dustin keller at a reasonable price, good hands needs to stay healthy.

    No way gruden goes to dallas he would be in cat fight with jones in a week, power and control

  • Scourge

    CDERaider Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    [snippage] And by 2014, the planets might very well be aligned for the Death Star to return.
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    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/isnt-petition-response-youre-looking

  • elraidmanhattan

    I liked jarvis jones, but I am really liking werner, no to Geno!

  • 00tt00

    J Hill Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    .trade bergstrom for another 3rd round pick and start over again

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    If he’s good enough to bring back a 3rd rd pick, we might as well keep him.

    We had a team full of ZBS specialist before Wylie got here and we didn’t have to make any changes.

    If you can block, you can block.

    Bergstrom is 315lbs. He should be fine at LG.
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    in 08/09 when we were running ZBS we had the likes of mario henderson, kwami harris, robert gallery paul mcq chris morris, carle cornell green, grove

    when al davis inserted hue as OC the transformation began with big book end OT’s with veldeer and langston walker….immediate upgrade to running attack with mcfadden and bush….also switched center to salelle

    then next year we got rid of galler in favor of wiz

    to say there was no problem switching to power run scheme with ZBS skilled OL is completely false

  • elraidmanhattan

    I think next season may be mediocre at best, team cap issues, and clean out rest of deadwood and allen can keep the seat warm for a gruden return

  • rediaR

    Say no to Geno!
    Warmack for RegMac!
    Trade Back for Warmack!

  • elraidmanhattan

    Bergstrom for a 3rd rounder is wishful thinking.

    Where is dr. Robert want to here him extol the greatness of matt schaub, top 10 qb.

  • elraidmanhattan

    I like brandt, but you got to be kidding with geno smith as a top pick for us, I would cry like when we selected dhb number 1

  • Raider E

    If Joeckel is there at #3 you have got to take him. If not….

    Take geno and cut Palmer.

  • eastoaklandraider

    RediaR Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    Say no to Geno!
    Warmack for RegMac!
    Trade Back for Warmack!
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    Even if you cant trade back still draft Warmack!

  • Raider E

    If you watched Geno vs. Oklahoma, you would know that the kid is for real.

    Oklahome had one of the best coverage units it college football last season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    No to Geno period!

  • Raider E

    Geno hung 40+ on them.

  • Raider E

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    No to Geno period!

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    Fair enough, I say Geno all day….

  • J Hill

    Otto.

    Gallery was a FA. We offered him 3 million to return.

    We drafted Veldheer when Tom Cable was still the HC. We passed on Iupati, Davis, and others at LT because Veldheer was one of those later round athletic guys.

    Barnes and Carlisle were on the right side of our OL under Cable and continued under Hue.

    Totally false????

  • rediaR

    Raider E Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
    If Joeckel, Warmack, Werner, Moore, Star, Milner, Jordan, Mingo or Allen is there at #3 you have got to take him. If not….

    Take geno and cut Palmer.
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    Fixed

  • eastoaklandraider

    Raider E Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    If you watched Geno vs. Oklahoma, you would know that the kid is for real.

    Oklahome had one of the best coverage units it college football last season.
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    If he’s all that kc or jags would take him right?

  • rediaR

    Raider E Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    If you watched Geno vs. Oklahoma, you would know that the kid is for real.

    Oklahome had one of the best coverage units it college football last season.
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    I hope Reggie does his scouting by looking at more than one game.

  • rediaR

    Oh no, Brandt is trying to play off Barkley as a worthy top 10 pick now. I thought we were done with that nonsense.

  • CDERaider

    RediaR Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    CDERaider Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    Per suggestion from a Bleacher article, Reggie could get our 2nd round pick back …

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    I’d rather have Joekel, Warmack, Star (even though I’m not totally sold) or pass rusher dejour honestly.

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    I like those guys too, but wouldn’t you trade that pick for trade haul like?

    (Pick 21) Xavier Rhohdes CB , Florida State
    (Pick 35) Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    (Pick 85) Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia

    In return for #3 pick, we get an elite CB, a freakish DE, a productive mauler at DT and as for the future RT pick we take

    (pick 67) Kyle Long OT using our 3rd pick

    Anyway, its all conjecture at this point but its interesting to see how Reggie could trade down to get extra picks when we currently only have 5 picks and see what might be available.

  • Gdog

    My wish list is in this order (depending on whose avail)

    1. Joekel
    2. Warmack
    3. Geno

    I’m cool with trading down ONLY if we still end up one of these three.

    Under no circumstances do I want us to pick a high-risk “can’t miss” defensive player that is statistically a 50/50 shot at being a BUST.

    The chances of a lineman being a bust is a lot less, and a QB is worth a third overall because his upside can be so high (even though they bust at 50% also.)

    Reggie absolutely HAS to nail this pick.

  • Raider E

    I guess you guys don’t like Geno? lol….

    Talk to me next Jan. after Carson’s int’s cost us another 3 games?

    Oh yeah, Pryor? Get real….

  • J Hill

    when al davis inserted hue as OC the transformation began with big book end OT’s with veldeer and langston walker….immediate upgrade to running attack with mcfadden and bush….also switched center to salelle

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    Satele was brought in PRIOR to Hue coming on board.

    Barnes was brought in PRIOR to Hue getting here and he ended up starting for Hue.

    Either you can block or you can’t.

  • Raider E

    Star’s first step is slow, and I witnessed him jogging ala McClain a dozen times.

    Anybody but Star….

  • J Hill

    If he’s all that kc or jags would take him right?

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    Right.

  • Gdog

    rediaR Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Oh no, Brandt is trying to play off Barkley as a worthy top 10 pick now. I thought we were done with that nonsense.

    >>>>>

    College success or failure isn’t exactly a great indicator of how well a QB does in the NFL for some reason.

    If you need a QB, you roll the dice… the upside is too high not to.

  • CDERaider

    rediaR Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Raider E Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
    If Joeckel, Warmack, Werner, Moore, Star, Milner, Jordan, Mingo or Allen is there at #3 you have got to take him. If not….

    Take geno and cut Palmer.
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    You *can’t* cut Palmer – its a $17 million cap hit if you trade or cut him in 2013. He ain’t going anywhere. If Reggie takes Geno, we only pick 4 more times in the entire draft and we won’t pick again till the 3rd round. Geno will then require a big time contract as the top QB taken in the top 5 and he we still have Palmers huge salary in 2013. Makes absolutely no sense. Palmer is also still under contract in 2014 btw – so just *cutting him* is not an option with a team over the cap and with so many holes. Ain’t gonna happen.