The Raiders haven’t announced coach Josh McDaniels’ coaching staff, but here’s a look at what he’s done since being hired two weeks ago. He still has other positions to fill.
The 33-year-old Lombardi, son of longtime NFL executive Mike Lombardi, was the Patriots’ wide receivers coach last season and played a major role in their red-zone planning. New England was seventh in the NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage — an area in which the Raiders have faltered badly the past two seasons.
McDaniels is expected to oversee the offense and be the primary playcaller, but Lombardi will be heavily involved.
Offensive line coach
Bricillo, 45, has coached just two seasons in the NFL — both with the Patriots — and was most recently New England’s co-offensive line coach. The jump to solely overseeing the Raiders’ offensive line is a bit of a leap, but he has college experience at Duquesne and Youngstown State in coaching offensive lines.
Wide receiver coach
Bennett, 53, is the lone holdover from last season’s staff. The job he did in helping the Raiders overcome the loss of Henry Ruggs and the development of Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones and Bryan Edwards played a major part in being retained. Bennett interviewed in January for the Bills’ offensive coordinator position, so he is clearly on the radar for an eventual promotion.
Hardegree, 37, has been coaching since 2008. He was an offensive assistant in New England last season, but he coached the quarterbacks in Miami from 2016-18, so he has experience in that role. His ability to be the liaison between McDaniels and quarterback Derek Carr will be an important component.
Prying Graham, 43, away from the Giants, where he was defensive coordinator the past two seasons, was a coup for the Raiders. He was a finalist for the Vikings’ head coach position.
Graham is a proponent of building schemes and alignments that fit the opponent and situation, so expect plenty of versatility and adaptability with the Raiders. The Giants were fifth in the NFL in red-zone defense last season; the Raiders were last.
A former Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion linebacker, Pierce, 43, is the latest addition to the staff. He spent four seasons as the head coach at Southern California high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly before joining Arizona State as a defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator in 2018. He was promoted to defensive coordinator and associate head coach in 2021.
Defensive backs coach
The Raiders went heavy in experience in adding Ash, a longtime defensive assistant and former head coach at Rutgers. The 48-year-old spent last season with the Jaguars, but in the previous 10 years, he spent nine seasons as a college defensive coordinator or head coach.
Simmons, 45, played 10 years in the NFL with the Steelers and Texans and has been coaching in the NFL since 2011, most recently as the defensive pass game coordinator and secondary coach of the Panthers. His experience playing safety probably means he will focus on that position, with Ash overseeing the cornerbacks.
Senior defensive assistant
This is a page out of the Bill Belichick and Nick Saban method of finding roles for experienced coaches to tap into their expertise. Ryan, 59, has been the defensive coordinator for five NFL teams.
Special teams coordinator
McMahon, 52, has a wealth of experience, spending the past 16 years coaching special teams for the Rams, Chiefs, Colts and Broncos. Replacing Rich Bisaccia will be no easy task.