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Reeling Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr

22 November 2017

Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio released a statement thanking Norton and announcing that John Pagano will take over as the team's defensive coordinator.

The Raiders parted ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

The firing comes after future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense carved up the defense, something that has become a familiar scene for Raider Nation.

Recognizing his aptitude on the defensive side of the ball, San Diego immediately promoted Pagano to be their assistant linebackers coach in 2003. Oakland is the first team in modern National Football League history, since 1933, to go through the first 10 games of a season without an interception, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.? Oakland (4-6) came into the year with high expectations following a 12-win season in 2016 but has struggled this season.

Raiders part ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr.
Raiders fire DC Ken Norton, Jr.

Oakland has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 72.3 percent of their passes for a 113.3 passer rating, both of which would rank as the second worst of all-time.

In 2012 and 2014, Pagano led the Chargers' defense to a top-10 finish in yards allowed (No. 9 each year) despite having several holes on his unit.

The Raiders host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Reeling Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr