Quality Control – Defense
Travis Smith enters his seventh year with the Raiders. He previously served as outside linebackers
in 2017 and quality control - defense from 2015-16.
In 2017, Smith aided in the continued development of reigning Defensive Player of the
Year DE Khalil Mack and sixth-year pro LB Bruce Irvin. Mack continued to lead the defense with
10.5 sacks and added a career-high 87 tackles (65 solo) en route to earning his third consecutive
Pro Bowl selection. Irvin started all 16 games for the second straight season, tied a career high
with eight sacks and tallied a career-high 64 tackles. Under Smith’s tutelage, Irvin notched a teamleading
four forced fumbles, good for 4th in the NFL.
Throughout the 2016 season, Smith worked closely with the defensive line aiding third-year All
Pro Mack to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and first Defensive Player or the Year honor. Mack’s
eight-game sack streak during the regular season tied an NFL record, and he came away with a sackfumble
in three consecutive games during that stretch. Mack’s elite season earned him numerous
individual accolades, including his second Pro Bowl nod, two AFC Defensive Player of the Week
honors and the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November. His campaign was capped with the
Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year Award and his second First Team All-Pro
selection in addition to the Associated Press DPOY honor.
Irvin saw success in his first season with the Silver and Black, starting all 16 games for the first
time in his career, and tied a franchise record with a career-high six forced fumbles. Mack and Irvin
became one of the most dominant duos across the league, combining for 18 sacks and 11 forced
fumbles. The defensive line also got significant contributions from DL Denico Autry (37 tackles and
two fumble recoveries), DT Stacy McGee (2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles) and DT Dan Williams.
In 2015, Smith contributed to a defense that featured two Pro Bowlers in veteran S Charles
Woodson and second-year Mack. Working primarily with the defensive line, Smith continued to work
with Mack as he developed into an elite defender, totaling 15 sacks to rank second in the league and
Asistant Special Teams
Byron Storer enters his fifth season as an NFL coach and his first with the Silver and Black,
serving as assistant special teams.
Storer last coached with the Chargers from 2012-13, first serving as a special teams
assistant in 2012 before becoming the assistant linebackers coach in 2013.
During his first season working with the linebackers in 2013, Storer saw the defense surrender
107.8 rushing yards per game, a figure that ranked 12th in the NFL.
In 2012, Storer helped the Chargers’ kickoff coverage rank third in the league for opponent’s
average drive starting position. His unit rank third in the NFL in field goal percentage (92.6),
improving 18 spots after the Chargers finished tied for 20th the year before.
Storer began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent two seasons
(2010-11) as an assistant special teams coach and assisted current Raiders assistant head coach/
special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in 2010.
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Inheriting a unit that finished last in the NFL in 2009 in field goal percentage, Storer saw an
immediate upgrade in his first season as Tampa Bay improved 15 spots in the category with 82.1
percent in 2010 and finished second in 2011 with 92.9 percent. With Storer’s assistance from
2010-11, the Buccaneers ranked fourth in field goal percentage (87.5) over that span.
PERSONAL: A native of Modesto, Calif. …Played three seasons (2007-09) as a fullback while
also appearing on special teams for Head Coach Jon Gruden at Tampa Bay his first two years…Saw
action in 15 games, including six starts before sustaining a career-ending injury in 2008…Originally
a walk-on at California before becoming a starter and three-time all-conference selection…Earned
a bachelor’s degree in mass communications…Storer and wife, Ashley, have two daughters, Bennie
8th season in NFL (3 as a player)
1st season with Raiders
third in franchise history, and earning his first Pro Bowl selection. Mack also tied a franchise record
with five sacks against Denver in Week 14, becoming just the sixth player in the NFL with a five sack
game since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Smith also helped in the development of rookie
DE Mario Edwards Jr., who quickly became a significant contributor, posting 41 tackles (31 solo),
two sacks, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 10 starts.
As the Raiders defensive assistant, Smith worked extensively with the linebackers. In 2014,
Smith helped tutor Mack as a rookie. Oakland’s first-round (fifth overall) selection in the 2014 NFL
Draft, Mack finished third in the voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. He
was also named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. Mack was also the only
rookie named to the 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players
who exhibit exemplary football techniques for young players to emulate. In addition, LB Sio Moore
notched a career-high 112 tackles.
In 2013, Smith helped a revamped unit that included three new starters in veteran LBs Nick
Roach and Kevin Burnett and rookie Moore. Roach played every snap at middle linebacker and
posted career highs in tackles (152) and sacks (5.5), while Moore was named to the PFWA All-
Rookie Team after recording 4.5 sacks in his first season.
Smith joined the Raiders after spending the previous two years in the collegiate ranks. Smith
was an offensive technical intern at Colorado in 2011. He coached at Santa Monica (Calif.)
Junior College in 2010, assisting the tight ends and the defensive linemen. He also served as an
undergraduate assistant coach at Cal Poly.
PERSONAL: Native of Walnut Creek, Calif. …Attended Cal Poly, earning a bachelor’s degree in
kinesiology…Had a limited playing career at Cal Poly due to three shoulder surgeries…Attended
Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif., earning two letters as a linebacker and fullback…Married
7th season in NFL
7th season with Raiders
Mike Trgovac enters his first season with the Silver and Black, bringing 34 years of coaching
experience including 23 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington
Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers.
Trgovac joins the Raiders after spending the past nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers,
serving as the defensive line coach from 2009-17. Since Trgovac took over as defensive line coach in
2009, the Packers rank fifth in the NFL in sacks (365) and rushing touchdowns allowed (94). Green
Bay has finished in the top 10 in the league in sacks in six of his nine seasons (2010, 2012-16).
Trgovac’s 2016 unit helped the Packers defense to finish eighth in the NFL in rushing yards
allowed per game (94.7). His group also contributed to Green Bay’s 40 sacks on the season, which
ranked tied for sixth in the NFL and marked their fifth consecutive season recording 40-or-more
sacks. Under Trgovac’s guidance, DTMike Daniels led the defensive line with four sacks and was
named a Pro Bowl alternate for the second consecutive season.
In 2015, Trgovac’s line helped lead the Packers to 43 sacks, which tied for seventh in the NFL.
Daniels led the Green Bay defensive line in tackles (66) and sacks (four), while ranking second in
quarterback hits (12).
In 2014, Trgovac’s line contributed to a run defense that allowed just 86.4 yards per game over
the final eight contests, ranking fifth in the NFL over that span, and 3.6 yards per carry, which ranked
sixth in the league over that span. His group also helped the Packers finish tied for ninth in the league
in sacks with 41. Trgovac tutored DT Letroy Guion as the veteran posted career highs for both tackles
(62) and sacks (3.5) as he started all 16 games for the first time in his career. Trgovac also helped
Daniels lead the line with a career-high 69 tackles and ranked third on the team with 5.5 sacks.
Trgovac guided a defensive line in 2013 that helped the Packers finish tied for eighth in the
league in sacks with 44 on the season. Daniels saw an improvement in production under Trgovac’s
direction, finishing second on the team with 6.5 sacks, which also tied for sixth in the league among
defensive tackles in 2013.
In 2012, Trgovac’s group helped the Packers rank 11th in total defense (336.8 yards per game)
and fourth in sacks (47). Under his guidance, veteran DT Ryan Pickett led the line with 75 tackles,
his highest total since 2008, and DT B.J. Raji was named a Pro Bowl alternate.
In 2011, Trgovac helped produce Green Bay’s first defensive tackle Pro Bowl selection since
1972 in Raji who recorded 43 tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Trgovac helped the Packers finish second in the league in sacks in 2010 with 47, the highest
league ranking in club history.
In 2009, Trgovac directed a line that made the transition to the 3-4 defense and helped the
Packers lead the NFL in rushing defense for the first time in franchise history with a mark of 83.3
rushing yards per game, a mark that set a team record. The Packers moved up 25 spots in the
rushing defense ranking from 2008, the biggest one-year improvement in club history.
24th season in NFL
1st season with Raiders