Over the past six weeks, Las Vegas Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and new head coach Josh McDaniels have rounded out their 2022 coaching staff piece by piece.
On Tuesday, the organization officially announced its coaching staff. Here is an overview of the coaches.
Raiders Offensive Coaching Staff
Offensive coordinator: Mick Lombardi
Mick Lombardi, who was the wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots while McDaniels and Ziegler were with the Patriots franchise, led the offense as the team’s offensive coordinator.
With Lombardi’s relationship and history with McDaniels, the focus for the next few months and the offseason training camp in June is to ensure the players learn Lombardi’s attacking style of play.
Wide receivers coach: Edgar Bennett
One of the mainstays of last year’s coaching staff is receivers coach Edgar Bennett, who remains in his position. With nearly 30 years of coaching experience in the NFL, dropping Bennett from the previous team was too much.
Additionally, 2022 also marks another year for Bennett to work with Raiders receivers such as Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards.
Quarterback Coach: Bo Hardegree
One of the things you’ll notice is that many coaches, especially those in their first year in Las Vegas, have a history with New England’s McDaniels and Ziegler. Bo Hardegree, who is the team’s quarterbacks coach, is one of those fresh but familiar faces.
With quarterback Derek Carr at the helm and entering the final year of his contract, it will be essential for Hardegree to get the most out of the 30-year-old in 2022, to prepare for a potential contract extension.
Offensive Line Coach: Carmen Bricillo
Like Lombardi and Hardegree, Carmen Bricillo is another upcoming New England coach. For the past two seasons, Bricillo has served as the Patriots’ offensive line coach and comes to Las Vegas to coach a young squad, highlighted by 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood.
Assistant offensive line coach: Cameron Clemmons
Bricillo’s assistant to coach the O line is Cameron Clemmons, who returns for his third season in the Silver and the Black. 2022 will be Clemmons’ second season in the same role.
Running backs coach: Kennedy Polamalu
Leading the running back this season is Kennedy Polamalu, who will enter his 32n/a football training season.
Polamalu came from Minnesota, where he coached Dalvin Cook, who was a Pro Bowler for the past three seasons. Polamalu’s experience coaching running backs could help running back Josh Jacobs regain his 2020 Pro Bowl form.
Senior Offensive Assistant: Jerry Schuplinski
Jerry Schuplinksi, who serves as the team’s senior offensive assistant, has the experience and a connection to McDaniels that goes beyond his days in New England.
Back when McDaniels was playing turn-of-the-century football at John Carroll University, Schuplinksi and McDaniels were teammates.
For the past two seasons, Schuplinksi has been the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants as well as the quarterbacks coach for Miami in 2019.
Offensive Quality Control: Mitch Singler
Unlike some of the newcomers who previously worked with New England, Mitch Singler, who serves as the team’s offensive quality control coach, is entering his first NFL job after spending the past four seasons at Duke.
During his time as the Blue Devil, he spent his first season as a football analyst before being promoted last season to offensive quality control coordinator.
Raiders defensive coaching staff
Defensive Coordinator: Patrick Graham
With 13 years of NFL coaching experience, Patrick Graham, who worked with McDaniels in New England from 2012 to 2015, leads the Raiders’ defense.
One of Graham’s biggest goals in 2022 is the team’s red zone defense and the speed at which opponents score touchdowns against Las Vegas. However, it will be with a young secondary and maybe some new players on the defensive line.
While in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine last weekendMcDaniels said from their days together in New England, Graham absorbed a lot of information and formed many relationships.
“Pat has grown and really learned a lot about football, been around a lot of different people, has his own thoughts and ideas of what to do,” McDaniels said. “[He] was very impressive during the interview and it was a very important hire for us.
Defensive backs coach: Chris Ash
Chris Ash leads defensive backs in 2022 after entering the NFL last season with Jacksonville. Prior to spending his freshman year with the Jaguars, Ash coached at the collegiate level for 24 seasons at nine schools and multiple conferences.
Ash comes to Las Vegas for the opportunity to coach a group of players, highlighted by a young player in Nate Hobbs.
Defensive Line Coach: Frank Okam
Of all the coaches, Frank Okam enters the defensive line room with few players, as five players from last year’s team are free agents.
Okam, who played four years in the NFL with four different teams, is entering his first season with the Raiders after spending the past two seasons with Carolina. Prior to joining the NFL, Okam spent two seasons at Baylor and four seasons at Rice.
Linebackers Coach: Antonio Pierce
The linebackers coach in 2022 is Antonio Pierce, who has spent the past four seasons in understate Arizona State.
Senior Defensive Assistant: Rob Ryan
Adding to the defensive staff experience is Rob Ryan, who is a familiar face in the organization.
Ryan coached the Raiders from 2004 to 2008 as a defensive coordinator and coached inside linebackers at Baltimore last season. With Ryan entering his 22n/a NFL season as a coach, he brings knowledge and perspective to the defensive front.
Back and Pass Defense Contributor: Jason Simmons
In addition to Okam coming from Carolina in 2022, there’s Justin Simmons, who has served as the Panthers’ defensive passing game coordinator for the past two seasons.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Simmons spent nine seasons with Green Bay, bringing 21 years of NFL coaching experience, including 10 years of NFL playing experience.
Defensive Quality Control Coach: Matthew Feeney
The final member of the defensive team is Matthew Feeney, who will serve as the team’s defensive quality control coach. Feeney was a level coach from 2014-21 over three stints and 2022 will be his first season as an NFL coach.
Special Teams Coordinator: Tom McMahon
Leading special teams in 2022 is Tom McMahon, who coached in the NFL for more than 30 years and the last 15 mostly special teams coaches. For the past four seasons, McMahon was previously at Denver as special teams coordinator with other stints at Atlanta, Indianapolis, Kansas City and the St. Louis Rams.
McMahon is another coach who has previous experience with McDaniels dating back to their days in St. Louis.
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Assistant Special Teams Coach: Maurice Drayton
Special teams assistant coach Maurice Drayton will help McMahon on special teams, as the two have worked together in Indianapolis before.
Having these two who have worked together, along with veteran kicker Daniel Carlson, Pro Bowl punter AJ Cole and long snapper Trent Sieg, is crucial to elevating the game in the kicking game.