The Oakland Raiders made a coaching change Tuesday as they relieved defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., giving the defensive play-calling duties to assistant John Pagano, who was hired in the offseason.
“After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving assistant Head Coach John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the Raiders since coming aboard and wish him the best going forward.”
The firing comes after future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense carved up the defense, something that has become a familiar scene for Raider Nation. The Raiders are 21st in the NFL in points allowed, while also 26th in yards allowed.
The Raiders have struggled to force turnovers this year, causing only six all season, none of which are an interception.
Pagano will get his first chance with the defense this Sunday as they take on the Denver Broncos, who recently changed offensive coordinators and is giving sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch his first start of the season.