Marshall's tenure with Raiders appears to be over

January 16, 2011, 3:55 am
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While theRaiders are neither confirming nor denying a report that has defensivecoordinator John Marshall not being retained, it appears as though histwo-year tenure in Oakland is at an end.Assistant coach contracts come to an end this coming week and the onlytwo on staff with contracts extending into the 2011 season arepurported head coach-in-waiting Hue Jackson and defensive line coachMike Waufle.The evaluation process has been going on the past two weeks, saidRaiders senior executive John Herrera. And those discussions have beenbetween the Raiders and the coaches so we have no comment on that. Butif somebody wanted to go public with their own situationMarshall, 65, came to Oakland from Seattle in 2009 and the Raidersdefense improved from 27th overall in 2008 (388 points surrendered) to26th in 2009 (379 points) to 11th this past season (371 points).The pass defense was No. 2 overall in 2010 and the Raiders 47 sackswere the second-most in the NFL. But the rush defense was horrid attimes, ranking No. 29 overall and surrendering big plays time and again.Oakland gave up at least 31 points on six different occasions, including four times after the Week 10 bye.Perhaps most galling for owner Al Davis, however, was the package inJacksonville that had five safeties on the field with Michael Huff insingle coverage on receiver Jason Hill. With high-priced Pro Bowlcornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and his gimpy right ankle on the sidelines,Hill ran right by Huff and hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass fromDavid Garrard that ignited the Jaguars eventual 38-31 come-from-behindwin.Marshall just completed his 31st season as an NFL assistant, havingalso spent time as a defensive coordinator in Atlanta, San Francisco,Carolina and Seattle.I think when you play defense, if youre too cautious, then youre notplaying defense, Marshall said the week after the Raiders dispiriting33-17 loss to Miami. So you play, and you rely on the players makingplays.You play every game with the same demeanor, the same attitude, thesame rock in your shoe, the same being (peeved) off at the offense andyou do the very, very best you can. If you measure an opponent, youregoing to lose. You dont measure your opponents.You practice and you play to a certain standard, and we do that to the silver and black standard every snap.Apparently, not any more. At least, not for Marshall.Former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who spent the past twoseasons in Cleveland, has been rumored as a potential replacement forMarshall. His Oakland defense in 2006 ranked No. 1 in the NFL againstthe pass, No. 25 against the run. His Browns defense this past seasonwas No. 22 overall.Perhaps Marshalls finest moment as the Raiders defensive coordinatorcame in 2009 against Philadelphia when he out-schemed the Eagles byblitzing with aplomb and sacking Donovan McNabb six times in Oaklands13-9 upset victory. Word at the time, though, was Davis was not pleasedat all with the amount of gimmicky blitzing. Even if it worked.Ryan likes to blitz a lot, too, and actually ran a 3-4 alignment in Cleveland, as opposed to Davis preferred 4-3.