Raiders part ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr

Who could Jack Del Rio hire as the Raiders' next offensive coordinator? Here are 5 top possibilities

Who could Jack Del Rio hire as the Raiders' next offensive coordinator? Here are 5 top possibilities

Norton had served as the Raiders' defensive coordinator since February 6, 2015.

The Raiders had seen enough of a supremely talented unit continuing to underperform, and coach Jack Del Rio chose to fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Through 10 games, the Raiders don't have a single interception - the longest any team has gone without one - and opposing quarterbacks are completing 72.3 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 113.3.

The Raiders parted ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. The second-year Raider will now be playing under a new defensive coordinator, although head coach Jack Del Rio already has a lot to do with leading the defense.

He added, "I feel that moving 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 of luck".

Las Vegas Review-Journal Raiders reporter Michael Gehlken reported that players began to speculate as to Norton's future earlier Tuesday, when the 51-year old former linebacker was no on the field for the team's practice, a walkthrough.

Here is the official news release via the team's public relations department.

The Oakland Raiders entered the 2017 National Football League season with the expectations of a legitimate run at Super Bowl LII.

The Raiders offense admittedly struggled last weekend at Estadio Azteca, putting up just eight points against the league's No. 32 ranked defense, and they'll have a big challenge ahead of them this Sunday, squaring off against the Denver Broncos.

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