When the Oakland Raiders introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach at what is supposed to be a “flashy” press conference Tuesday, they are also expected to announce their offensive and defensive coordinators, Greg Olson and Paul Guenther.
And while the head coaching position is obviously very important, if the 2017 season taught us anything, it’s that the coordinator positions are also crucial to the success, or failure, of a team. So with that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the new coordinators and give you an idea of what to expect.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: GREG OLSON
As I’m sure you already know, Derek Carr and some of the Raiders offense already has experience with their new (old) offensive coordinator, Greg Olson. Olson was the OC for Oakland in Carr’s rookie season and put together a dink and dunk offense that frustrated many in Raider Nation. But what is often forgotten is the fact that Oakland had a skeleton crew to work with on offense that season. Including a very bad offensive line.
While Carr threw mostly short passes, you could argue that Olson’s conservative offense helped Carr develop without turning into David Carr. Sure, the passing game was very limited, but it also allowed Carr to complete a lot of passes and get a feel for the NFL without getting his brains bashed in thanks to a poor offensive line and limited (Read: No) weapons.
Since leaving Oakland, Olson spent a season as the OC of the Jacksonville Jaguars where he led a middle of the pack offense and passing game, but a top ten run game. After just one season in Jacksonville, Olson went to the Los Angeles Rams to become their quarterback coach. Under Sean McVay, he helped turn Jared Goff from what looked like a first round bust to the signal caller for the most dynamic offense in the NFL.
In Oakland, Olson will be closer to a glorified QB coach than an offensive coordinator since Jon Gruden will handle most of the OC duties. Hopefully he can help get Carr back to the MVP candidate player we saw in 2016 rather than the struggling player we saw in 2017.