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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Coaching Staff DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT 9th season in NFL (7 as a player) ■ 2nd season with Raiders Sam Anno enters his second season with the Oakland Raiders as defensive assistant. He joined the NFL coaching ranks as a defensive assistant for the Silver and Black in 2015 after spending the prior six seasons at the University of San Diego as an assistant head coach/linebackers and special teams. During his first year in Oakland, Anno helped the defense produce two Pro Bowlers in veteran S Charles Woodson and DE Khalil Mack. Anno assisted Mack in recording one of the most prolific defensive seasons in franchise history. Mack finished the year with a career high 15 sacks, which ranked second in the league and third in franchise history. In Week 14 against Denver, Mack tied a franchise record and career high with five sacks, becoming just the sixth player to record five or more sacks since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Under Anno’s guidance, Mack became the first person in NFL history to be named a first-team All-Pro at two positions, defensive end and linebacker. Anno, who worked extensively with the defensive line and linebackers, helped guide a defense that ranked seventh in the NFL from Weeks 11-17 in total defense. He also saw the Raiders significantly increase their sack total from the previous season, as they improved from 22 to 38 in 2015. Anno served as the special teams coordinator along with coaching linebackers and the defensive QUARTERBACKS 16th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders ASSISTANT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2nd season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders 30 Gameday MAGAZINE line unit from 2009-2014 with the Toreros. San Diego closed out the 2014 season with a 9-3 record and their first trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs, falling to Montana in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. In the 2013 season, senior DE Steve Gargiulo was tabbed first-team All- Pioneer Football League, while fellow DE Blake Oliaro closed out his career with 30 sacks. Following the 2011 campaign, Oliaro was tabbed the PFL Defender of the Year and an All-American, and senior DE Mario Kurn signed a free agent contract with the Raiders. Prior to coaching at San Diego, Anno coached linebackers and special teams at Central Connecticut State in 2008, where the team went 7-4 overall and tied for third in the Northeast Conference standings with a 4-3 mark. Anno began coaching collegiately at USC, spending three years at his alma mater serving as a video assistant in 2007 and a defensive and special teams graduate assistant in 2005 and 2006. Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Anno coached at Venice (Calif.) High School as an assistant in 2004. He served as the defensive coordinator at Santa Monica (Calif.) High School from 2000-01 after spending four seasons as an assistant there. Sam Anno Todd Downing enters his 16th season in the NFL and his second with the Silver and Black as quarterbacks coach. Downing joined the Raiders in 2015 after holding the same position with the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. In his first season with Oakland, Downing helped second-year QB Derek Carr post one of the most prolific passing campaigns in team history on his way to becoming the first quarterback to represent the Raiders in the Pro Bowl since 2002. For his efforts with the position group in 2015, Downing was named Pro Football Focus’ Quarterbacks Coach of the Year. Under Downing’s tutelage, Carr improved his passer rating by 14.5 points from his rookie season to 91.1 in 2015, the fifth largest improvement in the NFL over that span. Carr’s yards per attempt average jumped from 5.5 in 2014 to 7.0 last season, while his touchdown to interception ratio also improved from 1.75 to 2.46, good for 14th in the NFL in 2015. Downing oversaw staggering production from Carr and the passing attack, as the quarterbacks combined for the second most passing touchdowns (34) and the third most passing yards (4,129) in team history last season. Carr’s 32 touchdown passes tied for the seventh most in the NFL last season, and he led the NFL with 13 touchdowns of 25-or-more yards. In total, Downing guided Carr to 11 multi-touchdown games, six 300-yard games, five 100-plus-rating games and four comeback victories in 2015. Prior to joining the Raiders, Downing guided second-year QB EJ Manuel and veteran QB Kyle Orton, leading Buffalo to a 9-7 record in 2014. After Manuel threw touchdowns in each of his four starts on the season, Downing helped Orton record his best statistical season since 2010. In just 12 starts, Orton posted his third 3,000-yard season and tied his third best touchdown mark with 18 scores. Downing joined the Bills after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, four of them working with quarterbacks. Downing got his start in Detroit as an offensive quality control coach in 2009 before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2010, working with QB Matthew Stafford, the Lions’ first-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. In Downing’s three seasons as quarterbacks coach in Detroit, Stafford started all 48 games and passed for at least 4,600 yards and 20 touchdowns each year, including a 5,000-yard, 41-touchdown season in 2011, which led to the Lions’ first playoff berth since 1999. Under Downing’s tutelage, Stafford went on to become the franchise leader in attempts, completions and passing yards, and ranked second in touchdowns with 109 by the end of 2013. In 2013, Stafford completed 371-of-634 passes for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, his third consecutive 4,600-yard, 20-touchdown season. The year prior, he fell just shy of his second-straight 5,000-yard season, setting franchise marks in both attempts and completions by connecting on 435-of-727 passes (59.8 percent) for 4,967 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2011, Downing’s first year as quarterbacks coach, Stafford set franchise passing records for yards (5,038), touchdowns (41), passer rating (97.2) and completion percentage (63.5). He was one of only three quarterbacks, along with QB Drew Brees and QB Tom Brady, to finish 2011 in the top five of all six major passing categories: third in yards, third in touchdown passes, fifth in quarterback rating, fifth in completion percentage, first in attempts (663) and second in completions (421). Downing’s guidance helped Stafford record two of the best seasons in NFL history. His 2011 and 2012 seasons rank eighth and ninth, respectively, on the all-time single-season passing yards list, and Stafford and Brees are the only players to have thrown for at least 4,900 yards in backto back seasons. The 2010 season forced Downing to deal with several injuries at the quarterback position. However, all three of the team’s signal callers maintained production throughout the season and all three won at least two games that season. In all, the Lions started Stafford (three games), QB Shaun Hill (10 games) and QB Drew Stanton (three games), and the team ranked third in the league in completions (383), third in attempts (633), 12th in gross passing yards (4,001) and were tied for 11th in touchdown passes (26). Before working exclusively with quarterbacks, Downing served as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. In 2008, he was named assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach in St. Louis. Downing got his start at the NFL level with the Minnesota Vikings on current Raiders offensive line coach and former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice’s staff, where he worked as an intern and coaching assistant from 2001-02 and as a football systems analyst from 2003-04. He was named offensive quality control coach for the Vikings in 2005. He helped the Vikings achieve top-five finishes in three years (2003-05) and a playoff appearance in 2004. Before he entered the NFL ranks, Downing began his coaching career with his alma mater, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, from 1999-2000. In 2000, he helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota Class 5-A State Title. TODD DOWNING Darryl Eto enters his second season with the Raiders as assistant strength and conditioning coach following five seasons as the director of strength and conditioning with the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Recognized as an expert in the field of plyometrics, conditioning and speed training, Eto has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. In 2015, Eto and the strength and conditioning staff implemented a new strength and conditioning program that assisted the team to a four-win improvement from the 2014 season. In his role, Eto’s focus is on all areas of athletic development. During his time with the Rockets, Eto oversaw all player training and physical performance development. He refined his practice in applied anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics over the course of 25 years before joining the Rockets. Prior to working in Houston, Eto spent nearly nine years as the senior performance specialist at EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance, in Phoenix, Ariz. While working with the private training company, Eto developed and implemented performance training programs for professional, amateur and youth athletes in a wide array of sports. Before joining Athletes’ Performance, Eto served as the assistant director of research development and program design at International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla. From 1991-97, he was the head assistant strength and conditioning coach at Arizona. Eto began his career in 1986 as the strength and conditioning coach/physical therapy aide at Ather Sports Injury Clinic in Castro Valley, Calif. DARRYL ETO


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