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Las Vegas Raiders Hire Austin King as Offensive Quality Control Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Austin King has been named the offensive quality control coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. King brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience to the post including the last five years with the University of Dayton.

In 2019, King completed his fifth year with the Flyers’ and his third as the program’s offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Flyers, King spent one season with Syracuse as an offensive quality control coach with a focus on the offensive line.

King began his coaching career at the University of Toledo in 2012, where he spent two seasons as the program’s offensive quality control coach. While tutoring the offensive line, King helped guide the team to an average of 240 rushing yards and 33 points per game. Additionally, the squad surrendered just six sacks in 361 pass attempts.

Before entering the coaching ranks, King was selected as an offensive lineman in the fourth round (133rd overall) by current Raiders and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden in the 2003 NFL Draft. King went on to play 34 games and make one start over his four-year career (2003-06) with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, King earned his B.A. in secondary education from Northwestern in 2004. He was a three-sport captain and first-team All-Ohio football player at Purcell Marian High School before graduating and playing four years for the Wildcats as a starter and earning an honorable mention All-Big 10 selection three times.

Austin King’s Coaching Background

Years                     College/Pro Team                           Position Coached

2012-13                University of Toledo                        Offensive Quality Control Coach

2014                       Syracuse                                              Offensive Quality Control Coach

2015-16                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach

2017-19                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

Las Vegas Raiders Announce Rod Marinelli as Defensive Line Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rod Marinelli has been named the defensive line coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. Marinelli is entering his 25th season as an NFL coach, having spent the previous seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, including the last six as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach. Marinelli brings 44 years of coaching experience to the Raiders, including 24 in the NFL.

In his seven seasons with the Cowboys, Marinelli helped the club capture three NFC East titles (2014, 2016 and 2018), having advanced to the divisional round in each of those three seasons. Marinelli’s defense finished in the top-10 three times (2017-19) in total yards allowed during those seasons, while leading the league in rush defense in 2016 with the fifth-best rushing average allowed (83.5 avg.) in franchise history.

Last season, the Cowboys ranked ninth in the NFL and third in the NFC in opponent yards per game (327.0 avg.), as the team improved its pass defense ranking from 13th in 2018 to 10th in 2019, allowing just 223.5 yards per game. The unit also finished 11th in the league in points allowed per game, ending with an average of 20.1, marking the fourth consecutive season averaging less than 21 points allowed per game. Under Marinelli, DE Robert Quinn led the defensive unit with 11.5 sacks on the year, tying for ninth-most in the NFL. LB Jaylon Smith finished sixth in the NFL with a career-high 142 tackles. 

For five consecutive seasons (2014-18), Marinelli’s defense improved its total ranking from the year prior, finishing seventh in 2018 after ranking eighth in 2017. The defensive unit also forced 20 turnovers on opposing offenses for the third consecutive season in 2018, en route to landing three Cowboy defenders’ Pro Bowl honors including two second-team All-Pro selections. 

Prior to joining the Cowboys in 2013, Marinelli spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears, serving as the team’s assistant head coach/defensive line coach in 2009 before spending the next three seasons (2010-12) as the club’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. Over his three years leading the defensive unit, the team forced a league-best 59 fumbles and recorded 65 interceptions, third-most in the NFL over that span, while returning a league-high 13 interceptions for touchdowns. His defense also allowed just 904 points during that same time frame, the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

Before his tenure with the Bears, Marinelli spent three seasons within the division with the Detroit Lions as the team’s head coach from 2006-08. Ahead of his arrival in Detroit, Marinelli spent the first 10 years (1996-2005) of his NFL coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first five seasons, he was the club’s defensive line coach, spending the last four (2002-05) with the added title of assistant head coach alongside former Buccaneers and current Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden.

Over his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, the defensive line tallied an NFL-best 328.5 sacks. His tenure in Tampa Bay was highlighted by a 2002 campaign that saw the team capture a Super Bowl XXXVII victory led by the NFL’s best defense, as the Buccaneers held opposing offenses to a league-low 252.8 yards and 12.3 points per game. Prior to 2019, the team’s top-five single-season sack totals all came under Marinelli’s tenure (1997, 1999-2000, 2002 and 2004), with a franchise-best 55 sacks recorded in 2000 that still holds today. From 1999-2003, the team logged a sack in 69 consecutive games, marking a new NFL record.

Before making the move to professional football, Marinelli coached for 20 years at the collegiate level, serving as the defensive line coach at USC (1995), the assistant head coach/defensive line coach at Arizona State (1992-94), the defensive line coach at the University of California for seven seasons (1983-89), while also adding the title of assistant head coach during his final two years (1990-91) with the program. Prior to Cal, Marinelli started in the collegiate ranks with Utah State in 1976, where he spent six seasons (1976-81) as the defensive line coach before transitioning to the offensive line and special teams in 1982.

Prior to his coaching career, Marinelli played offensive tackle in college, beginning at Utah in 1968 and finishing at California-Lutheran from 1970-72 after having his playing days split by a tour of duty in Vietnam. As a senior in 1972, Marinelli earned All-American honors for Cal-Lutheran on the offensive line.

A native of Rosemead, Calif., Marinelli’s first coaching job came as an assistant at his alma mater at Rosemead High School (1973-75). 

Rod Marinelli’s Coaching Background

Years                     College/Pro Team                           Position Coached

1976-81                Utah State                                           Defensive Line Coach

1982                       Utah State                                           Special Teams Coach/Offensive Line Coach

1983-89                California                                             Defensive Line Coach

1990-91                California                                             Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

1992-94                Arizona State                                     Head Coach

1995                       USC                                                        Defensive Line Coach

1996-2001            Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  Defensive Line Coach

2002-05                Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

2006-08                Detroit Lions                                      Head Coach

2009                       Chicago Bears                                    Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

2010-12                Chicago Bears                                    Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

2013                       Dallas Cowboys                                Defensive Line Coach

2014-19                Dallas Cowboys                                Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations


Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders – By The Numbers

By Shawn Jonas

Points Per Game23.115.2
Points Allowed Per Game26.728.8
Total Yards378.6339.1
Yards Passing248.7268.8
Yards Rushing129.970.3
Yards Allowed398.7436.2
Pass Yards Allowed300.2263.2
Rush Yards Allowed98.4173.0




+420MONEY LINE-540
Photo by Shawn Jonas of Derek Carr during post game interview with Erin Andrews 11/07/2019
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Photo of Derek Carr by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19

Season Leaders


OAK Derek Carr 199-281, 2202 YDS, 14 TD, 4 INT

CIN Andy Dalton 204-338, 2252 YDS, 9 TD, 8 INT

Photo of Josh Jacobs by Shawn Jonas at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum 11/07/2019
Photo of Raiders FB Alec Ingold 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas


OAK Josh Jacobs 168 CAR, 811 YDS, 4.83 PER ATT 7 TD

CIN Joe Mixon 131 CAR, 434 YDS, 3.31 PER ATT 0 TD

Photo of Darren Waller at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
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Photo of Tyrell Williams by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19


OAK Darren Waller 51 REC, 588 YDS 3 TD

CIN Tyler Boyd 57 REC, 598 YDS 1 TD

29:56 (15th)TIME OF POSSESSION28:31 (27th)
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Photo of Maxx Crosy by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19
Photo of Erik Harris’ Interception of Phillip Rivers 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
Photo of Raider DE Clelin Ferrell Sacking Phillip Rivers on 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
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Photo by Shawn Jonas

Offensive Stat Comparison

Yards/Play4.8 6.1
Rush Play %32.26% 45.69%
Pass Play %67.74% 54.31%
Completion %59.78% 70.77%
3D Conv %39.68% 47.75%
RZ Scoring %33.33% 60.61%
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Photo by Shawn Jonas of Arden Key and Maxx Crosby at NRG Stadium Houston, TX 10/27/2019

Defensive Stat Comparison

Opp Yards/Play6.7 6.1
Opp Points/Play0.450 0.428
Opp Completion %65.78% 65.92%
Opp 3D Conv %44.34% 45.37%
Opp RZ Scoring %46.88% 64.52%

The following is a preview of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders to be played on November 17, 2019. Statistics and rankings below include all games played prior to Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season.

Detailed Team Records (Through Week 10)

Overall Record0-95-4
Home Record0-44-1
Away Record0-51-3
Division Record0-32-1
Conference Record0-53-2
Inter-conference Record0-42-2
Strength of Victory0-0 (.000)19-26-1 (.424)
Strength of Schedule53-29-1 (.645)46-38-1 (.547)
Vs. Common Opponents0-00-0
Turnover Margin-11+2

Offensive Rankings (Through Week 10)

Total Yardage26th (316.1 YPG)13th (370.1 YPG)
Points Scored29th (15.2 PPG)15th (23.1 PPG)
Rushing Yardage30th (70.3 YPG)8th (129.9 YPG)
Passing Yardage14th (245.8 YPG)15th (240.2 YPG)

Defensive Rankings (Through Week 10)

Total Yardage Allowed32nd (429.4 YPG)26th (381.7 YPG)
Points Allowed28th (28.8 PPG)26th (26.7 PPG)
Rushing Yardage Allowed32nd (173.0 YPG)10th (98.4 YPG)
Passing Yardage Allowed22nd (256.4 YPG)30th (283.2 YPG)
Total Touchdowns2930
Field Goals18/2110/12
Extra Points27/2730/30
Third Down Conversions47-106 (44.3%)49-108 (45.4%)
Fourth Down Conversions3-5 (60.0%)6-8 (75.0%)
Opponent Rushing Yards1,557886
Rushing Yards Per Game173.098.4
Rushing Attempts302228
Rushing Average5.163.89
Opponent Passing Yards (Net)2,3082,549
Attempts-Completions-Pct263-173 (65.8%)314-207 (65.9%)
Sacks – Opponent Yards Lost10-6120-153
Intercepted by37
Opponent Punts3431
Average Yards43.145.9
Opponent Kickoff Returns719
Kickoff Return Yards141383
Kickoff Return Average20.1420.16
Opponent Punt Returns1121
Punt Return Yards63227
Punt Return Average5.7310.81
Opponent Penalties-Yards75-62360-502
Opponent Fumbles-Recovered7-48-3

Injury Report

Here’s a look at the players listed on the Oakland Raiders’ Week 11 injury report:


Trent Brown TKneeLP
Dwayne Harris WR/RSFootFP
Rodney Hudson CAnkleLP
Josh Jacobs RBShoulderLP
Lamarcus Joyner SHamstringDNP
Josh Mauro DEGroinLP
David Sharpe TCalfLP
Tahir Whitehead LBShoulderFP

Here’s a look at the players listed on the CINCINNATI BENGALS’ Week 11 injury report:


Tyler EifertTENIRDNP
Alex EricksonWRBackDNP
A.J. GreenWRAnkleDNP
Bobby HartOTShoulderLP

Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn Part Ways

ALAMEDA, Calif. – After five seasons, the Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn have mutually agreed to part ways. 

Once a Raider, Always a Raider

“It is always hard to say goodbye to players that you respect and love both for their on-field efforts and the people that they are off the field,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis. “Donald Penn is another one of those great Raiders who have come into the organization and left an indelible mark on the franchise and the Raider Nation as a whole. He came to Oakland already with a deep passion for Raiders football and served as a leader and example for the team for five memorable seasons. Donald will always be a Raider and his presence will be missed by the entire Raiders Family. I wish the absolute best for Donald and his family.”

“We’re going to miss Donald Penn around here,” said Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden. “I got to coach him as a young guy in Tampa and everything he got on the field, he earned. I was lucky enough to get him again here in Oakland. I’m going to miss the toughness and passion that he brought to the team every day. I certainly wish him and his family all the best.”

“Thank you to Mark Davis and the entire Oakland Raiders organization for giving me an opportunity to play for you,” said Penn. “It was an honor to play for you. Thank you to my Raiders teammates for always going to war and leaving it all on the field. It was an honor to play beside you.

“To Coach Gruden – thank you for always believing in me,” added Penn. “From giving me my first start back in Tampa, it’s incredible how things come full circle. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.” 

Penn, who signed with the team as a free agent in 2014, started in each of his 66 appearances with the Silver and Black. He started his first 48 games with the Raiders from 2014-16, extending his personal streak of starts to a remarkable 170 games that stretched from 2007 until Week 16 of the 2017 season. In 2018, Penn started in four contests before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on October 3. 

The Inglewood, Calif., native earned two Pro Bowl selections (2016 and 2017) in five seasons with the Raiders and was named to the All-AFC Team by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2016.

Over his 13-year career, Penn has appeared in 178 contests and made 174 starts, including 112 games and 108 starts in his first eight NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He entered the league with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden in 2007.

Penn started 44 consecutive games at Utah State, serving as team captain and earning All-WAC honors as a senior in 2005.

Press Release Couresty of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Finalize Coaching Staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have finalized Head Coach Jon Gruden’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced Tuesday.


Coach                              Title

Ansley, Derrick                       Defensive Backs

Batiste, D’Anthony                 Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Bennett, Edgar                        Wide Receivers

Berbenich, Tim                        Quality Control – Offense

Bisaccia, Rich                          Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Cable, Tom                              Offensive Line

Callahan, Brian                       Quarterbacks

Coleman, Marco                     Assistant Defensive Line

Gruden, Deuce                        Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Guenther, Paul                        Defensive Coordinator

Holz, Nick                               Quality Control – Offense

Jeanpierre, Lemuel                 Assistant Offensive Line

Lippincott, David                    Linebackers

Martinez, Kelsey                    Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Olson, Greg                            Offensive Coordinator

O’Neil, Jim                              Senior Defensive Assistant

Razzano, Dave                        Director of Football Research

Shaw, Tom                              Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Singleton, Jemal                      Running Backs

Slate, Rick                               Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Smith, Frank                           Tight Ends

Smith, Travis                           Quality Control – Defense

Storer, Byron                          Assistant Special Teams

Trgovac, Mike                        Defensive Line

Batiste: Joins the Raiders for his first NFL coaching season after spending the last four seasons playing in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos…Prior to joining the Eskimos, he spent five seasons as a player in the NFL (2007, 2009-12), making stops with the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins…Over his five-year career, Batiste saw action in 37 games and made 14 starts….Before making it to the NFL, Batiste played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette and earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior in 2003.

Coleman: Joins the Raiders for his first NFL coaching season…Played 14 NFL seasons from 1992-2005 with the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos…Played in 207 games with 185 starts, totaling 478 tackles, 65.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception…Served as pregame and postgame radio analyst for the Jaguars from 2009-14…In 2012, joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor and worked there for three years before becoming a partner at a financial planning firm, Matador Financial Planning.

Gruden: Enters his first season with the Raiders after spending his first two years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins…Was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2017 after serving as a strength and conditioning intern for the team in 2016…Won gold at the International Powerlifting Federation’s World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus in 2017…Played tailback at Lafayette College from 2012-15…Son of Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden and nephew of Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden.

Jeanpierre: Enters his first season with the Raiders after spending the 2017 season as an offensive assistant with the Seattle Seahawks…Spent six seasons as a center and guard with Seattle, originally joining the team in 2010 as an undrafted free agent…Played in 63 career games for the Seahawks and won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013…Played collegiately at South Carolina.

Martinez: Joins the Silver and Black for her first NFL season…Spent the last two years at Tom Shaw Performance, where she worked with baseball, softball, women’s tennis and track and field athletes…Assisted with NFL Combine and NFL Veteran Training Program…Attended Colorado State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science…Played collegiate softball at Bethany College.

Shaw: Enters his first season with the Raiders…Joins the Silver and Black after founding Tom Shaw Performance, where he trained athletes at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. …Has spent time coaching speed and conditioning for the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, helping the Patriots win three Super Bowl Championships…Also served as an assistant track and sport speed coach at Florida State…Owns a master’s degree in exercise science from Central Michigan University.

Slate: Begins his first season with the Raiders, joining the team after 25 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves…Was with the Braves organization from 2011-17, serving as the team’s director of strength and conditioning from 2012-17…Prior to joining Atlanta, was with the Mets from 2003-10 as the club’s strength and conditioning coordinator…Joined the expansion Marlins in 1992 as a strength and conditioning coordinator and spent 10 seasons with the club, helping them win the 1997 World Series…Spent six years at Florida State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1987-92.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations