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Grudens Staff Takes Shape Image Credit: Silver & Black Illustrated
Grudens Staff Takes Shape Image Credit: Silver & Black Illustrated

Gruden's Staff Takes Shape

Jon Gruden wasted no time in assembling his coaching staff.

On the day of the press conference announcing his return to the Raiders, Gruden revealed he had hired Greg Olson as offensive coordinator, Paul Guenther as defensive coordinator and Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

It’s Olson’s second go-round with the silver and black. He was the team’s offensive play-caller in 2013-14. He orchestrated an offense that was 23rd overall in 2013 while using three quarterbacks – Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin. Olson was also at the helm of the offense during Derek Carr’s first NFL season when the quarterback broke just about every Raiders rookie passing record.

Most recently Olson was the quarterbacks coach with the Los Angeles Rams where he helped Jared Goff’s rapid development.

“He coached with me in Tampa and he coached with Sean McVay, one of my ex-assistants, in L.A.,” Gruden said. “The system of football that we run will be a real natural flow.”

Guenther has been one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the NFL since taking over from Mike Zimmer with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014.

The Bengals had the 18th-ranked defense this season and were eighth against the pass. They struggled against the run but had 41 sacks – 17 more than the Raiders had.

“I loved the way the Bengals played defense,” Gruden said. “Up the field, single gap, get after you. He’s a great teacher. He’s be


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