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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Coaching Staff DEFENSIVE LINE 10th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders Jethro Franklin enters his second season with the Oakland Raiders as defensive line coach. He has 26 years of experience coaching defensive line at both the NFL and collegiate levels. In 2015, Franklin’s line was led by second-year DE Khalil Mack, who enjoyed a breakout sophomore season. Mack started all 16 games, totaled 79 tackles (58 solo), two forced fumbles and four passes defensed on the year, earning him his first Pro Bowl nod. Mack also became the first player in NFL history to earn first-team All-Pro selections at two positions, defensive end and linebacker. He finished second in the league with 15 sacks, including a four-game stretch where he posted 10 sacks. Mack was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance in the victory over the Denver Broncos where he posted nine tackles (six), five sacks and one forced fumble. He was also named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for the dominant performance against the Broncos, tying the Raiders’ franchise record for sacks in a game (Howie Long). Mack recorded four multi-sack games in 2015, including three straight in Weeks 12-14. Under Franklin’s tutelage, free agent signee DT Dan Williams made a career-high 15 starts in 2015 and also notched a career-high 59 tackles (34 solo), one sack and a personal-best three passes defensed in his first season with the Silver and Black. Second-round draft pick DE Mario Edwards Jr. also made significant contributions as a rookie, starting 10-of-14 games played with 41 tackles (31 solo), two sacks, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Prior to coaching the Silver and Black, Franklin spent 2011-14 as the Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach. In 2014, Franklin’s unit helped the Hurricanes move from 89th in FBS total defense the previous season to 14th (329.6 yards per game), and 36th in scoring defense (24.3 points per game). The defensive line also improved significantly against the run, reducing its 176.5 rushing yards allowed per game (77th) in 2013, to a 30th-ranked 137.1 yards per game in 2014. Franklin’s line helped the Hurricanes to a No. 9 national ranking in red zone defense, 14th in total defense and 21st in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 20.1 points per game in his first season. Franklin also helped the development of 2012 third-round draft pick DE Olivier HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING 2nd season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders ASSISTANT OFFENSIVE LINE 6th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders 32 Gameday MAGAZINE Vernon as he totaled 81 tackles (51 solo) and nine sacks in his collegiate career. Prior to Miami, Franklin spent 2010 at Temple where he tutored standout DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who was taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. In his only season at Temple, Franklin’s line helped lead the Owls to an 8-4 record, including 5-3 in MAC games. Under his direction, both Wilkerson and DL Elisha Joseph garnered All-MAC First-Team honors. Franklin coached the defensive line at USC in 2009, helping the Trojans to a victory in the Emerald Bowl. Before his second coaching stint at USC, Franklin spent three seasons coaching defensive line units in the NFL. He spent the 2007-08 seasons with the Houston Texans where DE Mario Williams set the Texans single-season sack record and made the 2008 Pro Bowl. Franklin spent the 2006 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Franklin first coached the defensive line at USC in 2005-06. In 2005, DEs Lawrence Jackson (first round, Seattle) and Frostee Rucker were All-Pac-10 first-teamers, while DT Sedrick Ellis (first round, New Orleans), Rucker (third round, Cincinnati) and DT LaJuan Ramsay (sixth round, Philadelphia) were NFL draft picks. He went to USC after spending five seasons (2000-04) coaching the defensive line for the Green Bay Packers and tutoring DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer and the franchise’s all-time sacks leader. Under Franklin’s tutelage, Gbaja-Biamila led the NFC in sacks (2004), was named to a Pro Bowl (2003) and received the Ed Block Courage Award (2002). The defense set various Packers’ game, season and all-time sack records during his tenure. Franklin served as the defensive line coach for UCLA in 1999-2000 before joining the NFL coaching ranks. Franklin began his coaching career at his alma mater, Fresno State, where he was in charge of the defensive line for eight seasons (1991-98). The Bulldogs played in three bowls while he was there, the 1991 California Bowl, 1992 Freedom Bowl and 1993 Aloha Bowl. While at Fresno State, he had a pair of NFL coaching fellowships, working with the Buffalo Bills in the summer of 1994 and the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 1995. JETHRO FRANKLIN Joe Gomes enters his second season at the helm of the Raiders’ strength and conditioning staff. In his role, he oversees the team’s strength and conditioning program as well as the nutritional program. Gomes possesses over a decade of athlete training experience after spending nine years at EXOS (formerly Athlete’s Performance). After joining the team in 2015, Gomes directed the implementation of a new strength and conditioning program, focused on providing the best of applied sport science, physical preparation and recovery systems in a world-class training environment. The program assisted the team to a fourwin improvement from the 2014 season. Gomes joined EXOS in 2006 as their Director of Performance. His primary focus was on developing programs to share EXOS’ innovative and progressive methodology with industry professionals and organizations worldwide. Additionally, Gomes developed EXOS’ methodology and integrated both research and performance technology into its systems. During his tenure at EXOS, he ran the industry-leading preparation program for the annual NFL Scouting Combine each February from 2007-10. Over those four years, Gomes trained 35 first-round draft picks, 13 top-10 selections and four first-overall picks. Among them are T Jake Long, QB Matt Ryan, CB Aqib Talib, WR Demaryius Thomas, QB Matthew Stafford, CB Vontae Davis, LB Brian Orakpo, S Patrick Chung, DT Gerald McCoy and RB Jonathan Stewart. Gomes worked as a consultant in high-performance solutions for professional sports and elite organizations, also serving as a Senior Advisor and Performance Director for the United States Army Special Operations Command for five years. He provides strategies to identify and reduce injury potential as well as increasing and maintaining optimum performance levels in elite competitive environments. Gomes has actively consulted with high performance organizations and agencies from a number of different backgrounds, including United States Military Special Operations, United States Secret Service and numerous professional soccer and rugby teams. JOE GOMES Tim Holt enters his second season with the Oakland Raiders as assistant offensive line coach. He joined the Raiders in 2015 after spending 2014 at the collegiate level at Stetson University. Holt brings five years of NFL coaching experience to the Silver and Black along with 15 years in the college ranks. Holt has coached two Pro Bowlers, 22 all-conference selections and three All-Americans. In his first season with the Raiders, Holt helped guide an exceptional offensive line that gave up just 33 sacks on the year, tied for 11th fewest in the league. The Raiders’ offensive line did not allow a sack in three games and held opponents to two sacks or less in 10 games. Behind the line, QB Derek Carr completed 350 passes for 3,987 yards with 32 touchdowns, all career highs. The line paved the way for RB Latavius Murray to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career, making him the first Raider to do so since 2010. In total, four offensive players earned Pro Bowl nods (Carr, Murray, WR Amari Cooper and FB Marcel Reece). Holt was named the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Stetson in 2014 after coaching the line for the Chicago Bears in 2012, succeeding current Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice, who was promoted to offensive coordinator. His line helped RB Matt Forte eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career. Prior to joining the Bears, Holt spent three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant (2009) and assistant offensive line coach (2010-11). He helped improve the Buccaneers’ offense to 20th in the league in scoring in 2010 after the team ranked 30th the previous season. In his final two years with the Bucs, the team’s offensive line paved the way for the rushing attack to average 4.5 rushing yards per carry, seventh best in the NFL. While with Tampa Bay, Holt helped current Raiders T Donald Penn to a Pro Bowl selection in 2010. Holt spent 14 years coaching at the collegiate level before breaking into the professional ranks, including a one-year stint at Stonehill College (2008) as the offensive line coach/run game coordinator. Holt spent four years at his alma mater, Division II Southern Connecticut State, from 2004-07, where he worked with offensive line before coaching the running backs. Prior to returning to Southern Connecticut State, Holt was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at American International from 2001-03. Holt began his coaching career at Southern Connecticut State as a graduate assistant from 1995- 96, where he worked primarily with the tight ends and offensive line. He spent the next two years at Cornell (1999-2000) as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach and then as the running backs coach. He also had a two-year stint at Lehigh working with the tight ends and offensive line. TIM HOLT


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7
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