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Tarver back as defensive coordinator

Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver is returning to the Raiders, the club confirmed Tuesday.

Tarver’s two-year contract was set to expire Tuesday but in news that was first reported by ESPN and the NFL Network, he signed again with the Raiders. The length of the contract was not released.

The Raiders confirmed they had retained assistant head coach and line coach Tony Sparano with a two-year deal on Saturday. According to the Raiders flagship station 95.7 The Game, special teams coach Bobby April will also return.

At his season-ending press conference, coach Dennis Allen said he didn’t expect a lot of changes on staff, although there was speculation the Raiders could lose some assistants because owner Mark Davis was reportedly unwilling to extend deals past a single season.

– Strong side linebacker Sio Moore was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team as selected by the Pro Football Writers of America.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Davy Jones

    If 25/32 teams start first rounders, its because 25 first rounders took those jobs and kept them. Cream rises to the top. Once a generation cinderellas like Tom Brady don’t disprove the rule. To read this blog, you’d think you actually have a better chance with a later round QB. Statistically preposterous.

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    Who changed the forum and why, was it kell that bas3rd? How can we get the old one back ?

  • Davy Jones

    BUT, he was drafted 32nd overall. So in today’s NFL, he WOULD be one.

  • rifflicks

    and you’ll be in your 7th year of High School

  • BigBenRexor

    See, so continuity doesn’t really matter. I mean it helps, but not what’s really important.

  • Orthodoxdj

    It’s in the transcript.

  • Chino

    We’d like to add the receivers, young nucleus, but we don’t have that star, so to speak. We’ve got some depth in some areas; we just need to get some top guys at a lot of these positions. Defensively also, we’ve got to get that pass rusher, get a little bigger up front.
    He’s been reading our posts

  • TrevJo

    As I mentioned below, 25/32 teams had 1st round QBs starting when this year began. The simple truth is that NFL teams do not draft QBs after round 2 with the intention of starting them. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t, it just means they don’t. 95% of the time if a team needs a QB they draft one in the 1st whether the player is worthy or not. You have to question whether 1st round QBs win because they are good or whether 1st round QBs win because that’s the only kind of QBs teams give a chance to.
    The rare cases where a 2nd or later pick play is because of unexpected circumstances. Kaepernick wasn’t supposed to start, he took over when Smith got hurt. Wilson wasn’t supposed to start, he took over when Flynn lost the job. (Flynn wasn’t a 1st rounder either but the Seahawks were wise to pass on Weeden in the 1st round.) Smith wasn’t supposed to start, he took over when Sanchez got hurt. (Sanchez sucks of course but so does Smith.) Bottom line is almost every game is won by a 1st round QB because teams rarely even take the chance of putting their team’s fate in the hands of a 2nd rounder or later.

  • Davy Jones

    I’d LIKE to believe it. I really would.

  • Chino

    New post

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The word “phase” appears nowhere in the transcript. Stop lying.

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    We could have had star , but dipsh2t blew it

  • RaiderCDE

    My point is that the chances are high that none of the potential 1st round QBs in the 2014 draft are going to win a SB. So your stat is moot to that point. My point is that we need to build the team around the QB first, your retort is we need to take a QB with our first pick. I disagree.

  • TrevJo

    That 25 (which is from week 1) includes Ponder, Freeman, Manuel, Weeden, Gabbert, Locker, Vick, Griffin (good but not healthy), Bradford. A lot of those guys SHOULDN’T HAVE been starters in the NFL this year, they just WERE (at least at the start of the season). Tells you something about the mentality of NFL teams and the way they dole out opportunities.

  • Davy Jones

    1st rounders still have to win those jobs and look better in practice. You can’t argue “shouldn’t draft a QB too high unless it’s a sure thing, look how many first rounders fail” and then say “first rounders are the QBs that start because they are handed the jobs and don’t fail enough to lose them”.

  • Gdog

    Problem with all “good” players is when the game is on the line… their balls get tight, and they want the game changers to carry them. Thats why they help so much in avoiding blowouts. Not so much for the playoffs, or most importantly, winning playoff games.

  • seymour bush

    If you read what these knuckleheads think you would believe Belichik will come here bringing Gruden and Brady, the second Allen and Mckenzie leave, Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers will be breaking down the doors, and that the National Football League is going to have a free private air service to deliver fans down to the Raiders new home in the City of LA.

  • Chino

    I’m a Sheldon Richardson guy. But yeah, who knows? Ill give hayden a full offseason and the first half of the season before I give up on him

  • RaiderCDE

    Rare? 3 of the 4 QB’s left are not 1st rounders. Its about the team around them. One can also make a strong case the reason Brady was successful early and became what he has is because the team around him was already championship quality and his coach and GM are among the best ever.

    Just drafting a QB in the 1st round does not guarantee success – to the contrary – it fails much more than it succeeds.

  • TrevJo

    such a black and white world you live in, is your night job referee?

  • Chino

    I do agree we need at least one elite player on each side. Sounds like reg believes so as well

  • Davy Jones

    First rounders fail, at a rate that is high enough to scare you. But that doesn’t mean that their failure rate isn’t exponentially LOWER than each round that follows.

  • NYCRaider

    maybe not but it should be easy to get an upgrade from the RM/DA team

  • TrevJo

    Yes, rare, 7/32 teams is only 22% entrusting themselves to non-1st rounders at the start of the season.
    Don’t get me wrong, I agree with what you’re saying. I agree about Brady walking into a great situation, I agree about Wilson and Kaepernick walking into great situations.
    I’m simply pointing out that for whatever reason most teams don’t even seem to consider another plan, drafting a guy in the 1st and playing him until he is a long-term proven winner or a proven loser is the default MO. Not at all saying that what teams do is what they should do.

  • Davy Jones

    But succeeds more often than 2nd round QBs and even MORE more often than 3rd round QBs and even MORE MORE more often than . . .

  • Davy Jones

    Look, this team is gunshy about drafting QBs, and so are its fans. I love the history of Plunkett and Gannon as much as you do, but this teams inability to draft a QB since Ken Stabler is as big a reason as any for years of suckitude. Only two stabs at a first round QB in the last 30 years. And I loved Al the rebel and the iconoclast, but all you have to do is look at the top of the draft every year to see how ALL the other teams in the NFL handle this problem. Tired of bucking that trend. Draft a QB high. You might lose, but you’ve got to play to win.

  • TrevJo

    “1st rounders still have to win those jobs and look better in practice.”

    That just isn’t true. Most of the time teams aren’t going to pull their 1st rounder out of the starting lineup until after a long period of failure.

    I’m not necessarily saying we should or shouldn’t draft a 1st round QB. Better players are generally drafted earlier. That’s true at QB just like it is anywhere else. Just making a point that most teams don’t even give a real opportunity to anyone who wasn’t drafted in the 1st.

  • Davy Jones

    It isn’t ENTIRELY true, but it is ESSENTIALLY true, or Jamarcus would still be with us.

  • aig-raiders

    Completely false. 1st rounders are actually the coaches’ pets and why coaches get fired all the time for marrying themselves to these “FC” QBs that never panned out. I have consistently stated that a 1st round QB causes you to commit to him for 3 yrs at least.

  • TrevJo

    Jamarcus started WAY more games than his play and practices warranted. WAY more.

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    Did we have a shot at him too? After trading back

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    That’s funny!

  • Chino

    Yup. First pick after hayden

  • aig-raiders

    Great post. To me, it has always been the lower round guys are never given a chance. That is why even when McG was putting up the points on the board people across the league continually point to his status as UDFA and dismiss his credibility. Of course, it’s stupid in my book. I have always thought that teams need to draft at least 2 qbs and nfl teams need a dedicated franchise farm team to give them reps and grow. There is only 1 qb position on Sundays and the other guys never get a chance to get reps.

  • aig-raiders

    I’m ok with run stoppping from the LB position. In an ideal world, let the DTs eat up the blockers and allow a clear lane for the LB.