Raiders add Olson, Guenther to Grudens coaching staff
Sports Xchange - Saturday 13th January, 2018
The Oakland Raiders made it official Friday by announcing the hires of Greg Olson and Paul Guenther as the team's offensive and defensive coordinators under new coach Jon Gruden.
Olson returns to the franchise for which he served as offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. He was the quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff flourished under Olson's tutelage this past season, guiding the Rams to the NFC West title. Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 in the NFL Draft, was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl.
Olson has a history with Gruden. He was the quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, which marked Gruden's last year coaching. Olson, 54, has served 11 seasons as an offensive coordinator, with the Chicago Bears (2003), Detroit Lions (2005), St. Louis Rams (2006-07), Buccaneers (2009-11), Raiders (2013-14) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2015-16).
Guenther spent the past 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, serving as their defensive coordinator since 2014.
When Marvin Lewis was retained as the head coach of the Bengals, Guenther made it known he would explore other opportunities. Cincinnati tried to keep the 46-year-old, but Guenther decided to join Gruden instead.
The Bengals finished 16th in points allowed last season and ranked 22nd, 11th, 17th and 18th in total yards allowed in the four years under Guenther.
In Guenther's four seasons as offensive coordinator, Cincinnati limited opposing passers to just an 80.1 quarterback rating, ranking first in the NFL over that span.
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