The Oakland Raiders are coming off of a 12 win season and typically when that happens, a coaching staff will remain largely intact the following season. Sometimes, a coach from a winning staff will be poached for a promotion elsewhere but itâ€™s not often that coaches on 12 win teams get fired.
So for that reason, itâ€™s not very surprising that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported yesterday that from what heâ€™s hearing, Ken Norton, Jr. is likely to still be with the team next season.
And with Norton likely sticking around, donâ€™t expect any big changes to the Raiders coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was the architect of one of the best offenses in the league this season and under Brad Seely, special teams was a strength of the Raiders.
So it would appear that the three coordinator positions are pretty safe. Thereâ€™s always the possibility that one of them will be hired away for a promotion but it seems unlikely.
There is, however, always the chance that one of the assistant coaches will be fired or promoted.
As far as promotions go, Mike Tice is hands down the best coach the Raiders have at any level. But while heâ€™s one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, he doesnâ€™t seem like the type to make a good offensive coordinator. And we already know he doesnâ€™t make a very good head coach.
Marcus Robertson is another name that might be tossed around as one who is up for a promotion. Many of you will recall that Charles Woodson credits Robertson with his success when he came back to Oakland for a second stint. Since then he was promoted to defensive backs coach. But after a badÂ season for the Raiders secondary, the timing doesnâ€™t seem right for a promotion.
So it doesnâ€™t seem very likely that the Raiders lose a coach to a promotion and the most likely coordinator to be fired is reportedly sticking around. So will there be any changes to the coaching staff?
It appears that if a change is made anywhere, one position coach is the most at risk: Jethro Franklin.
In his end of the season press conference. Jack Del Rio expressed displeasure with the play of the interior defensive linemen this season. It was a major issue for the Raiders both in the run game and in the pass rush.
The team also finished with a league low 25 sacks despite adding a pass rusher this past offseason in Bruce Irvin. With Irvin and Khalil Mack you would have expected a much better sack number from the Raiders this season.
So while it would appear that the coordinators and much of the Raiders staff is safe, Franklin is a guy who Raiders fans should keep an eye on as the one possible change that could come to this staff.