Raiders fire defensive coordinator Guenther following 44-27 loss to the Colts

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Las Vegas Raiders have announced late Sunday night that they have parted ways with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. He has been replaced by Rod Marinelli for the rest of the season.

Guenther was in his third season with the Raiders. He was let go following a 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

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He was head coach Jon Gruden’s first selection on his new coaching staff when he came back to coaching with the Raiders. Before accepting a 10-year, $100-million deal from owner Mark Davis, Gruden was an analyst on Monday Night Football.

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Marinelli will lead the team’s defensive unit for the final three games of the regular season. He’ll serve in this new role against the Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and the Denver Broncos.

He was last a defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys, where he served in that role — along with defensive line coach — from 2014 through 2019.

This will be his third defensive coordinator role in the NFL. He also served as the Chicago Bears assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2010 through 2012.

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Under Guenther before Sunday’s 17-point loss, the Raiders had the 28th-worst defensive unit of the 32 teams. The unit allowed 347 points on the season.

They were giving up 28.9 points per game. The Raiders have given up three 40-plus performances this season.

Besides the 44-point performance by the Colts, they gave up a season-high 45 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition, they gave up 43 points to the woeful Atlanta Falcons.

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In their last three games, the Raiders gave up 115 points.

Just twice this season the Raiders gave up under 20 points. Just once, they gave up fewer than 10 points.

The Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns 16-6 on November 1st. Then, on November 15th, they gave up 12 points to the Denver Broncos.

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