Ken Norton Jr. vs. Greg Olson
Ken Norton Jr’s defense features playmakers at every level, including a franchise edge rusher and long, highly-paid CBs. His unit has not nearly lived up to the talent.
The Raiders defense is last in the league as far as yards given up by a large margin (over 25 yards per game from #31). The team is also ranked dead last in passing yards allowed per game and 30th in rushing yards allowed per game.
Greg Olson is in a similar situation, fielding an offense with a ton of talent, including one of the best young WRs in the game in Allen Robinson as well as a highly-paid TE. The offense, on paper, should be ranked much better than 29th in the league. Olson, a former OC for the Raiders, is struggling with the Jags just as he did in Oakland.
The Raiders have yielded some bad units in the past few seasons, but Olson’s offense from a couple of seasons ago and Norton’s defense this season are likely at or near the top of the list for underperforming units. One coach will have to step up and get more out of their talented unit. Raider fans can only hope that it will be Kenny.