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Norton firing sent strong message to Raiders defensive players

Several members of the Oakland Raiders defense weren’t happy with the decision to fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. But they also realized that, if it happens to him, it could happen to them. “Guys saw the Norton situation, and that kind of got guys fired up, I would say, and more focused,” linebacker Bruce [more]

Jack Del Rio insists Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack were given “rest day”

Jack Del Rio insisted Friday that Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin‘s absence from practice this week had nothing to do with Ken Norton Jr.’s firing. Instead, the Raiders coach said the two players were given a “rest day” Wednesday. “It’s something we do,” Del Rio said, via Matt Schneidman of The Mercury News. “It’s kind [more]

John Pagano on Raiders defense: We need to do simple better

The Raiders made a change at defensive coordinator this week, but there’s only so much that John Pagano is going to be able to change in a few days with the same players who were unsuccessful enough that Ken Norton Jr. lost his job. Like many other coaches pushed into a new role by an [more]

Raiders sack Ken Norton as defensive coordinator

The Denver Broncos aren’t the only AFC West team making big changes. The Oakland Raiders have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., two days after a 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots, which they had two weeks to prepare for because of their bye. Show More Summary

Jack Del Rio: Raiders needed defensive shake up in firing Ken Norton Jr.

Despite the fact that Jack Del Rio oversees a large chunk of the defensive side of the football in his role of head coach of the Oakland Raiders, he felt the struggles of the unit required a change in the coaching staff to try to spark improved play from the beleaguered unit the rest of [more]

Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack miss practice one day after Ken Norton’s firing

Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin expressed his displeasure with the firing of defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. by tweeting a one-word expletive in all caps. On Wednesday, he and defensive end Khalil Mack separately left practice and were listed as not practicing for what the team termed “not injury related.” Draw your own conclusion. Michael Gehlken [more]

Raiders hope change in D coordinators provides needed spark

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio decided to fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. this week and replace him with assistant John Pagano        

Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

The Oakland Raiders have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in a staff shakeup during a disappointing season        

Le’Veon Bell got an excessive celebration penalty for boxing up the goalpost

Ken Norton Jr. could do it, but Le’Veon can’t. Le’Veon Bell has the Steelers in good shape against Kansas City after accumulating 74 rushing yards and a touchdown through the opening minutes of the second quarter. He ended Pittsburgh’s...Show More Summary

UCLA’s Cade McNown, Ken Norton Jr. on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former UCLA quarterback Cade McNown and linebacker Ken Norton Jr. landed on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class on Thursday. McNown (1995-98) was a consensus All-American in 1998 after leading UCLA to a Rose Bowl berth while setting UCLA season records for passing yards (3,470), touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,652). […]

Ken Norton Jr. admits he deserves blame for Raiders’ defense

The Raiders rank dead last in the NFL in total defense through two weeks of the season, giving up a whopping 517.5 yards a game and becoming the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to give up more than 500 yards in each of the first two games of the season. Raiders defensive coordinator…

Former boss believes in power of Raiders' Ken Norton Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dan Quinn and Ken Norton Jr. often would spend time talking about competition and increasing the level of their players. Now, both are getting the opportunity to affect a larger group of players. Quinn is now the head coach in Atlanta after being the defensive coordinator in Seattle. Show More Summary

Jack Del Rio, Ken Norton Jr. hope to take Raiders' Khalil Mack to the next level

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Whether by design or not, the hirings of head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. should have a significant impact on the career of Raiders' linebacker Khalil Mack. Del Rio and Norton both played linebacker in the NFL and were teammates briefly in Dallas. Show More Summary

Ken Norton Jr. to draw from his experience with 1990s Dallas dynasty

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Just like Jack Del Rio did, new Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. says he learned much of his philosophy on playing in the NFL from former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson. Norton will need to rely onShow More Summary

Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator

New Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio waited a long time to hire his new defensive coordinator, but now he’s got his man. Ken Norton Jr. will be the defensive coordinator of the Raiders. Norton is a longtime protege of Pete Carroll, having spent the last five years as the Seahawks’ linebackers coach and six…

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