Oakland Raiders: 6 Reasons Jack Del Rio Might Be On To Something

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May 26, 2015; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio at press conference at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Experience, Experience, Experience

Al Davis had a habit of hiring young, no-name coaches to run the team. While the practice worked out once in a while, it also had some memorable flameouts. Anybody remember Lane Kiffin?

It’s a tradition that McKenzie unfortunately kept up with by hiring Dennis Allen. Allen was an unmitigated disaster. He was a dumpster fire of a coach who won a whopping total of eight games in his two and a quarter seasons before he got the boot.

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  • Mark Davis played a role in getting Oakland’s new coach in place – Jack Del Rio. Del Rio had almost a decade’s worth of head coaching experience, plus several years in a coordinator’s role. And of those Jacksonville teams he used to coach, Del Rio got the most out of them that he could. They just didn’t have very much. The Jags, for a while, had notoriously thin roster devoid of a lot of talent.

    In turn, Del Rio put together one of the most experienced staffs in the league. With coaches like Ken Norton Jr., Mike Tice, Bill Musgrave, Rod Woodson, and Bernie Parmalee, among others, Del Rio put together a collection of guys who have been around the NFL for nearly – if not all – of a century.

    This is by far, the most experienced coaching staffs the Raiders have ever had. There isn’t anything these coaches have not seen and/or done in their time around the NFL. They’re perfect to help shape and mold this young, talented team.

    They will turn the franchise from laughingstock to serious contender – and they’re going to do it a lot quicker than anybody thinks.

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