Antonio Pierce is last with just three other openings remaining. The Las Vegas Raiders coaching staff is taking shape and it’s clear there’s a new vision in the desert. And, no doubt, the new slew of coaches will grab the attention of the roster.
Pierce, whose tenure at Arizona State is mired in an alleged NCAA recruiting violation, returns to the NFL where he spent nine years as a hardline linebacker for both New York Giants and Washington commanders.
Seem to be primed to potentially take over the Arizona State program from current and former NFL head coach Herm EdwardsPierce is quite a trap for the Raiders.
His strong personality and outgoing nature made him a natural scouting coordinator on the Sun Devils circuit, and his experience and knowledge as a professional linebacker translated well into his role as the State of the State’s defensive coordinator. ‘Arizona. While sharing the coordinator role with Marvin Lewis in 2020, Pierce was the lone defensive coordinator in 2021 and Arizona State sported the PAC-12’s top scoring defense with 20.8 points per game. Pierce is considered one of the bright stars rising in the collegiate ranks and now Vegas has a strong voice to partner with Graham’s in the defensive room.
The pair’s paths nearly converged when Graham joined the G-Men as defensive boss under then-head coach Joe Judge. Now Pierce and Graham are together in Vegas.
Add Rob Ryan to that mix (hired as a senior defensive assistant) and he’s a dominating presence in Raiders defensive meetings. Graham, Pierce and Ryan are not BS type coaches.
Pierce interviewed the #Giants a few years ago when Patrick Graham came on board as Joe Judge’s defensive coordinator. Didn’t reunite then, but now Pierce will work alongside Graham in Vegas.
—Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 15, 2022
Move on to the latest coaching additions on the attacking side of the ball and it’s no surprise to see McDaniels bring more influence from New England. Not only will the Patriots have to fill the void left by McDaniels, but also Mick Lombardi (who goes from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator in Vegas), Carmen Bricillo (who fullback as offensive line boss) and Bo Hardegree ( who goes from offensive assistant to the quarterbacks coach). The Raiders offense will mirror McDaniels and by bringing in three former Patriots cohorts, the new Vegas head coach not only gets familiar sounding boards to bounce ideas and concepts around, but it also gives him voice. additional in offensive meetings that reinforce his ideals. .
Having assistant coaches who not only know your style, but buy into it is invaluable as a head coach. McDaniels is going to be the caller of the game, but having Lombardi on his side as he plans and plans the game transfers the same synergy they built in New England to Vegas. Ditto for Bricillo and Hardegree. The offensive line coach is passionate about McDaniels’ offense and has built and coached an offensive line that is central to said offense, and the quarterbacks coach knows what McDaniels wants from his callers. The trio’s familiarity with McDaniels should foster a one-voice, one-direction type mantra for the Raiders going forward.
Patriots West, that’s it! At least that seems to be the direction – for now.
The final three vacancies on the Raiders coaching staff are: running backs coach, tight ends coach and defensive line coach.
Replacing retired Rod Marinelli as defensive line captain is arguably the most vital of these three vacancies. With Graham’s versatility and flexibility as a defensive coordinator – he will deploy multiple fronts such as three, four, five and sometimes two linemen to combat an offense – it’s likely the new defensive line boss will have to being just as nimble in its teachings and concepts to echo the methods of the Raiders’ new defensive boss.
On paper, McDaniels has a quality coaching staff that should open his eyes. The same can be said of the personnel that the new Raiders general manager, Dave Ziegler, musters in his personnel office. He remade the scouting group adding new faces such as assistant general manager Champ Kelly while adding longtime NFL scout Andy Dengler to the college scouting team. With the additions, the Raiders left Trey Scott (Assistant Director of Player Personnel), Walter Juliff (Senior Advisor to the General Manager), Dave Razzano (Director of Football Research), Nolan Nawrocki (Draft Analyst) and several scouts would have .