The Oakland Raiders fired Ken Norton, Jr. (10 months too late) and replacing him with John Pagano, who joined the team this past offseason as an assistant head coach for defense. No, we still don’t know what that title means other than the obvious fact that it was a defensive coordinator in the waiting role.
Before joining the Raiders, Pagano spent his entire NFL career with the San Diego Chargers where he started as a quality control coach and rose through the ranks until he was named defensive coordinator in 2012. He remained in that position until being fired in 2016, resulting in a move to Oakland.
So, now that the Raiders have finally decided to part ways with the man who failed to improve the defense in three consecutive seasons, what can we expect out of the interim DC?
The short answer is not much. Pagano isn’t exactly being put in a very favorable position. Considering how late it is in the season it is, there really aren’t many chances Pagano could implement at this point. So rather than seeing a John Pagano defense, we will see a Ken Norton, Jr. defense that will be tweaked slightly.