Oakland Raiders: 7 Best Replacements for DC Chuck Bresnahan

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Oakland Raiders: 7 Best Replacements for DC Chuck Bresnahan

Have you ever seen a worse-coached defense than the Oakland Raiders' defense this year?

Fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan made 2010 defensive coordinator John Marshall look like Buddy Ryan. The Raiders struggled against the run last year (No. 29), but they were No. 2 against the pass and No. 11 overall.

In 2011, they struggled against everything, finishing No. 27 against the run, No. 27 against pass and No. 29 overall. Losing corner Nnamdi Asomugha didn't help, but an 18-spot drop is too much for the talent still there.

Bresnahan fumbled the defense all season long, making only one crucial stop against the Texans. But other than that, the Raiders were right where opposing teams wanted them if a game was close down the stretch.

Bresnahan's strategy in Buffalo and at home against Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers cost the Raiders an 11-5 record and the playoffs. Bresnahan couldn't figure out that his personnel didn't match the zones he ran.

He actually ran a Tampa 2, with middle linebacker Rolando McClain in deep coverage against Calvin Johnson—talk about insanity. He didn't learn from it, getting beat a couple of weeks later by Vincent Jackson.

With Bresnahan now gone, the search for a new defensive coordinator begins. That led me to rank a list of defensive coordinators Oakland should consider hiring.

Turn the page to get a look at it.

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