Silver & Black Attack - Raiders hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

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Raiders hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

The Oakland Raiders needed to hire an offensive coordinator (OC) and Greg Olson was their guy. Olson has a decent resume that includes being the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was most recently the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now I understand that a lot of fans probably won't be too excited about hiring a QB coach of arguably the worst QBs in the league but that doesn't tell the whole story. Greg Knapp, previous Raiders OC, is one of the most respected QB coaches in the NFL and we know how bad he is at OC.

Reggie McKenzie vowed to keep Darren McFadden around and build around him. This OC hire backs his words up. Olson not only already has a power blocking scheme in his mind, but he is the type of guy that will build a game plan around his players’ abilities and not force his scheme on players that don't fit it. That's already a huge upgrade from last season. Knapp was dead set on a zone blocking running game, regardless of whether or not he had the personel to run it successfully. The Raiders didn't have the players to run it to success, but it didn't matter.

Olson has had running backs that have had very good success, both in the power blocking scheme and in zone blocking systems. Under Olson, Steven Jackson and Legarrette Blount had the best seasons of their careers, which should come as very good news to Darren McFadden. McFadden had the best year of his career under former coach, Hue Jackson, who also ran a power blocking scheme. Reggie McKenzie is all in on building around McFadden, as he should be. McFadden SHOULD return to elite status next season under Greg Olson. 

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