Oakland Raiders Assistant Coaches Contracts Expire


After another disastrous season and the firing of head coach Dennis Allen the writing was on the wall for the coaching staff of the Oakland Raiders going into 2015. A team that never broke over four wins during the Allen regime and is heading in a new direction made it inevitable that the coaching staff would more than likely be let go when their contracts expired in early January which is exactly what has happened as the final hour on the deals of the Raiders staff has passed this Tuesday morning.

Every Raiders assistant with the exception of Tony Sparano (who fought hard for a two year deal last offseason) and special teams coach Bobby April will now be free to pursue other jobs as of today. An expected conclusion to a failed regime that were handed a rebuilding team and never found the correct mix of coaching needed to turn the ship around in quick fashion as the Raiders are still in the process of finding the answers needed to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

This means that maligned offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s run with the team has came to its end in addition to defensive coordinator Jason Tarver who the Raiders have been rumored to have interest in bringing back as well as reported interest from Texas A&M in bringing him back to the college ranks. It will be interesting to see what the Raiders interest is in Tarver come the time they hire a new head coach because ultimately the decision will be up to whoever is hired, but if there is legitimate interest in bringing him back the defensive coordinator is definitely one of the coaches with expiring contracts to watch when it comes to staying in Oakland.

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Another name to watch will be quarterback coach John DeFilippo who was working well with Derek Carr this season. DeFilippo has interest from the Cleveland Browns for the offensive coordinator position, but is also competing with Marc Trestman for the job according to reports and could come back to the coaching staff if he doesn’t find a promotion elsewhere as he is an asset to the franchise in keeping continuity with Carr’s development at quarterback going into his second season.

Of course the most likely scenario of the Raiders assistants contracts expiring is a complete cleaning of the house with a new staff brought in once a head coach is named. Something that isn’t exactly a negative as the staff brought in with Dennis Allen ended as a transitional one in a rebuilding process that will hopefully be finished by the next head coach and his assistants. Almost all will likely find new jobs this offseason as the carousel life of a football coach will have many of the now former Raiders coaching staff in new roles in 2015 after a rather forgettable stint with the franchise.