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It won’t be easy to find a coach with the kind of football intelligence as Teryl Austin. At the very least, the team might look for someone who at least bears similarities in scheme and approach. Jason Tarver has been the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator since 2012 and brought them up from being one of the worst units in the NFL to a middling one.
He won’t turn any heads with the defenses he fielded, but from a pure talent perspective he was given so little to work with it’s hard to blame him. Oakland was one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2014, but their defense flashed brilliance at times and it’s clear that much of that was due to Tarver basically doing what he could with what he was given.
I’m not sure how Tarver would handle a much more talented roster, but I’d doubt he does quite as well as Austin’s lofty standards. What he would offer that few others could, however, is the ability to keep things as consistent as possible in the wake of injuries. At least in short intervals, he can make due with a depleted roster. This was one of the strongest parts of Teryl Austn’s game, as he was able to overcome injuries to several starters and still field an elite defense.
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