The Raiders defensive staff has slowly but surely been filling out since they hired their defensive coordinator last week. That new coach is Terrell Williams who will take over as the team's new defensive line coach according to a report. And he is another coach with links to Head Coach Dennis Allen.
Williams has been the defensive line coach at Texas A&M the past two seasons. Texas A&M is Dennis Allen's alma mater as well as where he began his coaching career.
Williams is not without accomplishments, however. His specialty is stopping the run which he has done with some success since joining the Aggie coaching staff two seasons ago. In his first season, the A&M run defense rose from being ranked 90 in the nation to 30 and rose again last season to 12 in the nation, allowing just 101.9 yards a game to their opponents.
That solid run defense helped lead the Aggies to two straight bowl games, winning the Meineke Car Care Bowl last season and a share of their first Big 12 South division crown in more than a decade and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Williams was the Dline coach at Purdue for four seasons. During his time there, he helped usher three straight years of outstanding Purdue defensive linemen into the NFL. Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Anthony Spencer was the first. Spencer led the NCAA in tackles for loss and was a first-team All-American before becoming a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 2007. Others include defensive end Cliff Avril who was a third-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 2008 and Alex Magee who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft.
Williams becomes the latest college hire by the Raiders who are still a few coaches away from filling out their entire staff. Stay up to date by checking in with the Raiders' coaching staff live blog.
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@Spartacus And I don't dislike the jobe he's done in offense. Now, lets wait for the free agency to see what surprises might come
@nilbymouth Yeah, 3-4 defense and blitz after blitz every sunday is what it seems to be cooking in Alameda.
Terrell Williams also has a link with Lion's DE Cliff Avril. Maybe that helps us to sign him?
Also, Williams is another 3-4 coach that is being brought in. I believe that the defense may show multiple looks, but will be predominately 3-4.
@JarrodRollins Undoubtedly Coach Allen will want us to be able to show multiple looks and capitalize on versatile defensive scheming, but as you say it sure seems that we will be a 3-4 Base team going forward! - i like it! Just really, really need a NT before i will be all excited about the shift!
Avril is a very good player and pass rusher, but imo he is not best fit for a 4-3 DE position he currently has, as i see him much more like an 3-4 OLB!
He has trouble setting the edge against the run when playing DE, and it seems that he lacks the brute strength to consistently hold up when the run is directed at him! He is however really fast, hustles and reads the plays pretty well, so he could be a solid OLB in the 3-4 (which he actually played in the start of his college career)! Would be a good addition!
He would also be a pretty reasonably priced addition as the Lions have already invested a fortune on the line, and he doesn't seem to demand top dollars on the market.
@nilbymouth I would suspect you are right, and in that case Bryant would definately be a great alternative! I hadn't really thought about him, but you're right, i too think he would be a great signing - especially as he is versatile enough to fit both 34 and 43, although best fit for the 34 imo..
We talked about Porter before, and with some consistent rush and scheming i think he could be a really solid signing! Only issue, as you have mentioned before, is that he showed some inconsistensies this year! Still, i think he would be a great and decent priced signing!
One thing we have to remember though - GB is owned by the fans, only public team (as far as i know, right?), while the Raiders is known to spend the entire cap and not save on the players! GB probably have some internal cap restrictions that we don't, so it could be that Reggie is allowed and are willing to sign some expensive players he wouldn't have the chance to in GB -- Just a thought, but they definately aren't known to spend the sums that we are!
I would love Campbell as well but I don't see McKenzie signing any of the real big name name players. That's why I'm thinking Red Bryant and maybe Tracy Porter.
@nilbymouth Good option with Red! His a monstrous man, and he is pretty good at clogging the middle against the run! Also, he will definately be cheaper than the other options that has been discussed, so could be a great signing!
Would really love to see Calais Campbell for the DE spot though! His is a beast and would be a great (albeit expensive) addition as well!
He has an extremely tenuous link with Dennis Allen via Texas A&M. Would not be surprised if he was noticed by McKenzie and/or others via his extended stay at Purdue and his responsibilities there as NFL liaison with team's college scouting services.Either way, I like the younger guy, given the age & experience at some other positions.
I'm quite happy with this hiring. He's been a really good coach in college and even if success isn't easy, this is a whole defensive spuad full of young promising minds that might bring back the old glory to this team.
@Black_Nightmare It truly is the new era starting in the Silver and Black! I like the way we have chosen to go with the younger, new coaching generation of the future! Let's hope they can be the authority needed on this team, and that they will bring us back to glory days!