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Raiders announce Tarver as D-coordinator

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Raiders announce Tarver as D-coordinator

Jason Tarver has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. He was a Phi Betta Kappa at Santa Clara and twice received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching at UCLA.Impressive classroom work, no doubt. But does Tarver have the antidote to what ails the Raiders' defense on the field?New Raiders coach Dennis Allen certainly thinks so. Or at least hopes so.

The 37-year-old Tarver was officially named the Raiders' new defensive coordinator on Monday after spending last season at Stanford as the Cardinal's co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach and the previous nine years with the 49ers.Many will see the Tarver hiring of such a relatively inexperienced coach into the role of a coordinator as a stretch, but Allen is a defensive-minded coach and Oakland was reportedly rebuffed in attempts to interview seasoned NFL assistants, among them Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith and New Orleans defensive line coach Bill Johnson.Plus, former 49ers and San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was hired by Indianapolis after reportedly interviewing with the Raiders and Kansas City defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, a mentor of Allen's, decided to stay with the Chiefs.Others linked to the opening included Green Bay cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. and 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatel.It all came back to Tarver, though, who did not call the defensive plays for Stanford, which played predominantly a 3-4 defense. That job went to co-defensive coordinator Derek Mason.Still, the Cardinal ranked third nationally in rush defense (84.4 yards per game), sixth in third-down conversion defense (31.0 percent) and 11th in sacks per game (3.0).The Raiders' defense fell flat late in the season and had franchise worsts in total yards allowed (6,201), passing yards (4,262), yards-per-carry (5.1) and TD passes (31) while the 433 points allowed were third-worst in franchise history.And the Raiders joined Tampa Bay as just the third and fourth teams in league history to allow at least 30 TD passes and 5.0 yards per carry.Perhaps Tarver-as-D.C. will serve as a facilitator, while Allen will be the play-caller?Allen said he does not believe a head coach can be effective being a head coach if he is calling plays, so that duty figures to fall to Tarver, who has never called plays before.With the 49ers, Tarver was as a quality control coach from 2001 through 2003, was an assistant running backs and offensive assistant coach in 2004 and coached the outside linebackers from 2005 through 2010.He has been credited with the development of Parys Haralson, who had a career-high eight sacks in 2008. And in 2009, the 49ers OLBs combined for 17.5 sacks, 15 takeaways and nine forced fumbles.Tarver is a Northern California native who played at Saratoga's West Valley Junior College in 1994 and 1995.Since the 2011 season ended on Jan. 1 with a loss to San Diego, the Raiders have hired a general manager (Reggie McKenzie), fired a head coach (Hue Jackson), and hired a head coach (Dennis Allen) and a slew of assistants in an offensive coordinator (Greg Knaap), defensive coordinator (Tarver), special teams coordinator (Steve Hoffman), offensive line (Frank Pollack), strength and conditioning (Al Miller) and assistant strength and conditioning (John Grieco) and retained two assistants in running backs coach (Kelly Skipper) and assistant offensive line coach (Steve Wisniewski).

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio gives his players Monday off. Tuesday is generally an in-season rest day, but the Silver and Black get the day after a game to be away from the facility.

“There’s some raw emotion on the day after the game, so I think that helps you maybe teach a little better,” Del Rio said in his Monday press conference. Things need to be taught. That’s one of the biggest benefits to the structure.”

Del Rio called this a "miserable Monday," where his team will be widely criticized for a disatrous 27-10 loss to Washington. 

They’ll spend one more day reviewing it during what Del Rio dubs “Tell the Truth Tuesday." It won't be terribly fun, especially after getting outplayed and outcoached.

It’s a day for corrections, development and one last look back before pouring focus forward the Denver Broncos.

The Washington loss only counts as one. It can become two if that game’s hangover lasts all week. Del Rio is good keeping his players locked on the next task.

He’ll also have to keep them from pressing like they did in Washington.

“We were really looking for that spark, probably pressing early in the game,” Del Rio said. “Offensively, we got out of rhythm. We threw, in the first four drives, two picks and two three-and-outs. We weren’t in rhythm, obviously. They executed. It really wasn’t anything overwhelming. They played some solid, basic coverage and we didn’t execute and they did. It’s just one of those days. It’s an opportunity to learn. Recognize what went wrong.”

Explaining what went awry will be key this Tuesday. There was a lot. Quarterback Derek Carr tried to put the team on his back, to no avail. Carr had a rare dud, and took full responsibility for the loss after the game.

“That’s good for all of us,” Del Rio said. “To me, that’s what we need to do. It starts with me, obviously there are a lot of things that each guy can look at and say ‘this is what I can do better.’ That’s what I want. I want us to reflect inward and see how we can do things ourselves better and then pull together as a team. Stick together, pull together and go forward. That’s what you do.”

Keeping an eye on Crabtree:
Receiver Michael Crabtree took a big hit to the chest from Montae Nicholson on Sunday night and did not return to the game. That leaves his availability in some question.

“We’ll take a close look at him and make sure there’s nothing significant going on,” Del Rio said. “I know the doctors cleared for him to travel with us coming back which was good. He took a good shot. It was a clean hit, a good shot. Crab’s a tough guy so I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

More Marshawn?
Raiders lead running back Marshawn Lynch only touched the ball seven times at Washington. He had six carries for 18 yards and an eight-yard catch. That isn’t enough for this Raiders offense to function well, but Sunday was a unique circumstance. The Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t sustain drives.

“When you have as many three-and-outs and you only take 50 snaps of offense, you can talk about all the things that you left on the drawing board that you would have liked to have gotten to,” Del Rio said. “Certainly, there was a lot of offense that we had designed to get to, including touches for him, but 0-for-11 on third down says all you need to know. When you’re talking about, does your running back get a chance to run it as much as you’d like, when you’re 0-for-11 on third down you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities anywhere with your offense.”

Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

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Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

Josh Norman isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially about opposing receivers who he feels slight him in some way.

Raiders wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were his latest targets, subjects of a postgame rant following Washington’s 27-10 victory over the Silver and Black.

Washington’s premier cornerback said the duo talked trash to him during pregame warmups about big numbers they planned to post against Washington’s secondary.

That didn’t happen in an awful day for the Raiders offense. Crabtree had one seven-yard catch on the night and two drops. Cooper was even worse, with a six-yard catch on five targets and a crucial drop.

That gave Norman license to fire at the typically reserved Raiders receiving corps. Norman says he took the pregame exchange personally.

"What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?" Norman said, with quotes via ESPN.com. "I mean, first and foremost, you don't come up in here and say what you're going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn't catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you're a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I'm telling you, we are here and we are waiting.

"Don't come out here and tell me what you're going to do. Show me. You're going to have to run through me to get that."

It’s hard to imagine the quiet, often stoic Cooper inciting a rivalry with words. Crabtree has had a previous squabble with Seahawks corner Richard Sherman back when he was with the 49ers, but even he's typically quiet during the course of a game.

"Sherm was right,” Norman said. “(Crabtree) ain't going to say he's sorry, but I don't think he's sorry," Norman said. "He sucked, to be honest with you. You don't come out here and do that extra stuff, man. We don't play that out here."

Norman had several public exchanges with rival receivers, and may find motivation from these beefs.

"Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go and take it back," Norman said. "Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. Yes, I may be Cover 2, but I'm Cover 1 too. I'm Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4. All of them. All of the ingredients to make a perfect attack. We do all the extra stuff. When you come out on this field, you going to see about us."