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John Marshall has the Raider defense playing much better lately.
Defensive Coordinator: John Marshall—A good job so far. Things started out pretty rough as the Raiders gave up big plays in both the rushing, and passing games. The lack of aggression that caused those big plays is gone. The Raiders are blitzing more—and winning more.
Defensive line coach: Mike Waufle—Good job so far. Moving Richard Seymour inside, along with the continued development of Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant have been great for the Raiders' front four. I expected more from Lamarr Houston, but that's more about the rookie learning curve, than coaching. Add the great play from Matt Shaughnessy, and Waufle has done a nice job.
Linebacker coach: Mike Haluchak—A decent job so far. Having a rookie at the center of everything is a tough challenge, but Haluchak has the linebackers playing pretty well. I still worry about their coverage skills, and their inability to get off blocks. However, this squad is improving by the week.
Defensive backs coach: Lionel Washington—A great job so far. When you are coaching the best cover cornerback in the league, you better get it done and Washington has been. Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson are improved over last year, and the two rookies are learning and improving each week.
Assistant defensive coach: Greg Biekert—A solid job so far. I don't know if it's coincidence, but the defense, especially the linebackers, started playing better when Biekert was hired. I feel like he brings back that "Raider mentality" that had been missing.
Squad development: Willie Brown—I'm not exactly sure what his job description is, but he's Willie Freaking Brown. I'd pay him to play cribbage with the office staff, just to have him and his greatness rub off on the players by osmosis!
That's all for the defense, now on to the head coach...