Raiders fire Jack Del Rio after loss to Chargers

Tyler Owen
January 1, 2018

In a move no one would have predicted before this season, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio announced following Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers that team owner Mark Davis had fired him.

Make no mistake about it, the decision to fire Del Rio is strictly about trying to convince Gruden to make a return to Oakland, where he coached before being traded to the Buccaneers. After going 7-9 in his first year, the team jumped to 12-4 last season and reached the playoffs.

The foundation, apparently, crumbled in a matter of months.

In three years in Oakland, Del Rio was 25-23.

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The Raiders followed that up by becoming one of the league's disappointing teams.

The offense regressed significantly this season as Carr struggled under Downing's tutelage and the defense showed no signs of improvement before firing coordinator Ken Norton Jr. after 10 games. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

But star quarterback Derek Carr regressed under first-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, and Ken Norton, Jr. was sacked as defensive coordinator after 10 games.

"He told me he loved me and appreciated all I did to get this program going in the right direction, but that he felt the need to change", Del Rio said.

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