Oakland Raiders Fire Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr., Promote John Pagano

Ken Norton Jr

Just minutes after Norton's firing became public, Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin took to Twitter and shared his opinion of the move, and let's just say that he doesn't seem to be in support of it.

Wallowing at 4-6 midway through a season the Oakland Raiders entered with AFC title aspirations, the disappointing team fired its defensive coordinator. Head coach Jack Del Rio also fired offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave last offseason. He takes over a reeling Raiders defense that looks to put their embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots behind them. It has been clear that Norton can't call a defense.

Regardless of whether Norton is the scapegoat or not, he needed to go.

"I think the crowd down here is pretty excited for the Raiders, so we appreciate that", Del Rio said. He has a history of when the season is going rough, he would fire coaches. His response to the reasoning behind the defense's lack of interceptions was that "Offenses are trying hard not to throw interceptions" which is such a comedic quote.

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It only makes sense that Irvin would feel a loyalty towards Norton. If he was that close to Norton he should have played better.

Recognizing his aptitude on the defensive side of the ball, San Diego immediately promoted Pagano to be their assistant linebackers coach in 2003.

He might just do that - he certainly couldn't be any worse at calling plays than Norton, who I'm not entirely sure called even called plays (unless you consider dropping everyone into quarters coverage and hoping Khalil Mack breaks through a double-team a play). It will be on Pagano to right this sunken defensive ship the rest of the way in 2017.

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