Defensive coordinator Tarver survives Raiders coaching purge

December 31, 2012, 2:00 pm
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ALAMEDA -- While the Raiders' version of Black Monday included four assistants getting fired in offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland, everyone else on staff appears safe.

"We made four changes," said coach Dennis Allen, "and that's all that I anticipate."

Meaning first-year defensive coordinator Jason Tarver will get a second year to continue implementing his scheme and rules and process and categories.

The Raiders had the No. 18-ranked overall defense this season, after being 29th last year. Sacks, though went down from 39 to 25.

"Listen, I was pleased with where Jason was," Allen said. "I think J.T. does a good job for us. I think he’s a very smart football coach. I think he, like all of us, he’s the first time in that position, and so we all go through a learning curve in that position and I think that’s something we’ve looked at throughout this organization, and we’ll grow from it.

"Again, I said this from the very beginning, I’m not in this for a one-year deal. I’m in this long-term. I’m in this to build this thing the right way. And I’m excited about looking forward to the future and where this organization is going to go."