The assistant coaching staff was a sticking point with coach Dennis Allen and owner Mark Davis, but Tarver was one of the assistants Davis wanted to retain regardless.
Tarver’s blitz schemes helped keep the Raider defense competitive, particularly early in the season, but a lack of depth and an inconsistent pass rush out of the base set caused the unit to slip over the second half of the year.
Oakland finished 29th in the NFL, allowing 28.3 points per game, and was 22nd in total defense at 363.7 yards allowed per game.
In 2012, Tarver’s first season, the Raiders allowed 27.7 points per game (28th) and 354.5 yards per game (18th).
Tarver, 39, spent 10 seasons (2001-10) as an assistant with the 49ers and was defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2011 before being hired by the Raiders. He began his coaching career at West Valley College in Saratoga in 1996-97 and then was a graduate assistant at UCLA from 1998-2000 before moving onto the 49ers.
He is a graduate of Pleasanton’s Foothill High School and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1997.