The Oakland Raiders hire Jack Del Rio

The Oakland Raiders made it official on Wednesday when they hired Jack Del Rio to be their next head coach.

Del Rio spent the last 3 seasons as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, the man he replaces as the head coach (Dennis Allen) was the Denver DC before he came to Oakland. Tony Sparano was the interim coach and the team went 3-9 with him in charge.

Prior to coaching in Denver, he was head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011. The Jags were 68-71 record with Del Rio in charge and they made the the playoffs twice during his tenure there.

Del Rio grew up in Northern California before attending USC from 1983-1984 and he has extensive NFL experience, playing 12 seasons as a linebacker and coaching with New Orleans, Baltimore and Carolina before getting the head coaching job with the Jaguars.

He steps into a muddled situation in Oakland, the team hasn’t made the playoffs in a long time. The last time they did was when they faced the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Super Bowl in 2003 and they haven’t been back since.

The offense and defense both need work, but quarterback Derek Carr showed some promise in his rookie and might have been the best rookie signal caller out of the 2014 NFL draft. Carr threw 21 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions, showing poise beyond his years.

Del Rio will probably put in a lot of work with the defense and it is needed, the Raiders allowed 28.3 points per game, worst in the NFL.

He has reached out to former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman to be the offensive coordinator.

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