ALAMEDA — The Raiders defense won’t look much different, if at all, from a personnel standpoint with John Pagano at the helm.
Pagano’s title of “assistant head coach – defense” won’t change, but he assumes play-calling duties from Ken Norton Jr., who the Raiders fired as defensive coordinator on Tuesday. Pagano spent the last five seasons as defensive coordinator for the Chargers. He’s now tasked with rescuing a Raiders’ defense among the worst in the NFL.
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Pagano spoke to Bay Area media for the first time in his new role Thursday. He certainly hopes his defense looks vastly different in other ways come Sunday, when the Raiders (4-6) host the Broncos (3-7) at 1:25 p.m. PST.
“We have to do a lot of things different,” Pagano said. “We have to create turnovers. I think that’s the biggest thing missing from any defense. You have to get off the field on third down. We have to go out there, we have to affect the quarterback and make him uncomfortable. I think when those things happen, that gives you that confidence to keep doing the things that you want to do differently.”
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The Raiders rank last in the NFL with six takeaways, all coming on fumbles. Oakland has yet to grab an interception and sits tied for last in the league with 14 sacks. Through 10 games last year, the Raiders were plus-10 in turnovers. In the same time this season, they’re minus-nine.
Pagano, whose main area of focus before his promotion was the secondary, wasn’t handed any favors with a banged-up defensive backs unit. First-round pick Gareon Conley played only two games before his season ended. Second-round pick Obi …read more
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