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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Gameday MAGAZINE 21 Jack Del Rio Head Coach Jack Del Rio was named the 19th head coach in the 56-year history of the Oakland Raiders franchise on Jan. 15, 2015. The appointment marked a homecoming for Del Rio, who was raised in nearby Hayward, Calif. Now in his 31st year in the NFL and his 20th season in coaching, Del Rio has played for, coached with, and learned from some of the best coaches in all of football. He was recruited to play at USC by John Robinson, and in the NFL he played under Bum Phillips, Jim Mora, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Green. As a coach, he honed his skills on the staffs of Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, Super Bowl winner Brian Billick and Super Bowl participant John Fox. In his first season with the Raiders, Del Rio oversaw significant improvements as the Raiders more than doubled the previous year’s win total. Oakland moved up 15 spots in the NFL rankings in turnover ratio, finishing 17th in the league (+1) after ranking 32nd in 2014 (-15). The team improved in five major statistical categories on offense alone, making gains in total offense, rushing, passing, points per game and third-down efficiency. On defense, the Raiders improved in rushing defense, points per game allowed and third-down defense. Six Raiders were selected for the Pro Bowl, matching a franchise record set in 1994. Upon taking the reins in Oakland in January 2015, Del Rio embarked on assembling a heralded coaching staff that, collectively, counts seven Super Bowl titles, 62 playoff berths, one Hall of Fame induction and 165 coaching years to its credit. As defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos from 2012-14, Del Rio was part of three-straight AFC West titles and helped lead Denver to an AFC Championship and appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 campaign. It marked his second stint under Head Coach John Fox, as the two also spent the 2002 season together in Carolina. In all, he has coached 24 players to a total of 33 Pro Bowl selections. In 2014, Del Rio’s defensive unit boasted five Pro Bowl selections, ranked third in the NFL in overall defense (305.2 yards per game) and second in the league against the run, allowing 79.8 yards per game. With 25 takeaways and a plus-five turnover ratio, Del Rio’s defense was instrumental in leading the Broncos to a third straight 12-win season. In his second season with the Broncos in 2013, Del Rio’s defense helped Denver to a 12-4 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. Del Rio also accepted the additional role of interim head coach (Weeks 10-13) while Fox underwent a heart procedure, and led the Broncos to a 3-1 record against teams with a combined record of 29-9 (.763). With Del Rio at the helm, Denver beat previously-undefeated Kansas City twice in addition to San Diego, with the team’s only loss coming at New England. In 2012, Denver’s defense finished as the NFL’s second-ranked unit (290.8 yards per game), after finishing the previous season ranked 20th 31st season in NFL (11 as a player) 2nd season with Raiders


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7
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