Josh McDaniels coaching staff takes shape with Raiders

The Raiders haven’t announced Coach Josh McDaniels’ coaching staff, but here’s a look at what he’s been up to since being hired two weeks ago. He still has other positions to fill.

Mick Lombardi

Offensive Coordinator

New England Patriots wide receivers coach Mick Lombardi faces reporters after NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lombardi, 33, the son of longtime NFL executive Mike Lombardi, was the Patriots wide receivers coach last season and played a major role in their red zone planning. New England finished seventh in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage – an area the Raiders have failed badly in the past two seasons.

McDaniels is expected to oversee the attack and be the main playmaker, but Lombardi will be heavily involved.

Carmen Bricillo

Offensive Line Coach

New England Patriots offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo faces reporters following an NFL kick...
New England Patriots offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo faces reporters after an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Bricillo, 45, has only coached two seasons in the NFL — both with the Patriots — and was most recently New England’s co-offensive line coach. The jump to just overseeing the Raiders’ offensive line is a bit of a leap, but he has college experience at Duquesne and Youngstown State coaching offensive lines.

Edgar Bennet

Wide receiver trainer

This is a 2019 photo of Edgar Bennett of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team.  This image reflects...
This is a 2019 photo of Edgar Bennett of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team. This image reflects the Oakland Raiders’ active roster as of Thursday, June 13, 2019, the date this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Bennett, 53, is the only remnant of staff from last season. The work he did to help the Raiders overcome the loss of Henry Ruggs and the development of Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones and Bryan Edwards played a major role in his retention. Bennett was interviewed in January for the Bills’ offensive coordinator job, so he’s clearly on the radar for a possible promotion.

Bo Hardegree

quarterback coach

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This is a 2021 photo of Bo Hardegree of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the date this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Hardegree, 37, has been coaching since 2008. He was an offensive assistant at New England last season, but coached quarterbacks at Miami from 2016-18, so he has experience in that role. His ability to be the liaison between McDaniels and quarterback Derek Carr will be an important element.

patrick graham

defensive coordinator

New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham stands on the field before the NFL team...
New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham stands on the field before the team’s NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

Prying Graham, 43, away from the Giants, where he was defensive coordinator the last two seasons, was a smash hit for the Raiders. He was a finalist for the position of head coach of the Vikings.

Graham is a proponent of building schemes and lineups that match the opponent and the situation, so expect plenty of versatility and adaptability with the Raiders. The Giants finished fifth in the NFL in red zone defense last season; the Raiders were last.

Antonio Pierce

Linebackers Coach

Arizona State Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Antonio Pierce ahead of their game against...
Arizona State Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Antonio Pierce prior to their game against Washington State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb )

A former Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion linebacker, Pierce, 43, is the newest addition to the staff. He spent four seasons as head coach at Southern California high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly before joining Arizona State as a defensive assistant and scouting coordinator in 2018. He was promoted to defensive coordinator and associate head coach in 2021.

chris ash

Defensive backs coach

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This is a 2021 photo of Chris Ash of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team. This image reflects the active Jacksonville Jaguars roster as of Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the date this image was taken. (AP Photo)

The Raiders have accumulated a lot of experience by adding Ash, a longtime defensive assistant and former Rutgers head coach. The 48-year-old spent last season with the Jaguars, but in the previous 10 years he spent nine seasons as a college defensive coordinator or head coach.

Jason Simmons

Secondary Coach

Jason Simmons, Carolina Panthers defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach, heads to the...
Jason Simmons, Carolina Panthers defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach, walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. ( AP Photo/Doug Murray)

Simmons, 45, played 10 years in the NFL with the Steelers and Texans and has been coaching in the NFL since 2011, most recently as defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach for the Panthers. His safety background likely means he will focus on that position, with Ash overseeing cornerbacks.

Rob Ryan

Senior Defensive Assistant

Baltimore Ravens inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan walks onto the field before an NFL football game...
Baltimore Ravens inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

This is a page from Bill Belichick and Nick Saban’s method for finding roles for experienced coaches to tap into their expertise. Ryan, 59, served as the defensive coordinator for five NFL teams.

Tom McMahon

Special Teams Coordinator

Denver Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon walks onto the field before an NFL football game...
Denver Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

McMahon, 52, has a wealth of experience, having spent the past 16 years coaching special teams for the Rams, Chiefs, Colts and Broncos. Replacing Rich Bisaccia will not be an easy task.

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