The Las Vegas Raiders fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after the team’s defense gave up 44 points to the Indianapolis Colts. And a legendary former coach has reportedly reached out to say he’s interested in taking the job.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that defensive guru Wade Phillips wants to be the Raiders defensive coordinator. Phillips’ last job was with the Rams. He spent three years in Los Angeles. He was with the team when it won the NFC West in 2017 and went to the Super Bowl in 2018. Phillips left in 2019.
The Raiders fired Guenther late Sunday. They replaced him on an interim basis with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, the Review-Journal said. Las Vegas gave up 456 yards and 44 points to the Colts Sunday. The team’s record fell to 7-6, putting their playoff hopes in dire straits.
“We’re running out of time,” head coach Jon Gruden said after the loss, the paper reported. “We’re running out of players.”
CBS Sports said Guenther’s defenses consistently ranked at the bottom of the league in yards, scoring, and efficiency.
Las Vegas Raiders Lineman Wears BLM Face Mask
While the Las Vegas Raiders’ struggles to stay in the AFC playoff race has been a major talking point recently, one storyline was ahead of that Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown returned from injury, sporting a facemask that featured a clenched fist. The emblem was in support of Black Lives Matter, TMZ reported.
The movement garnered national attention again this year with a series of protests nationwide. The protests reached a fever-peak earlier this summer following the death of George Floyd, who was killed within police custody. A number of NFL players kneeled during the national anthem in solidarity with protestors.
Brown’s changed his helmet for the game, however. League rules prohibit helmets or jerseys with personal messages are also required to be approved by the NFL ahead of time, Yahoo Sports said. It’s unclear if Brown violated the policy by only wearing it during team warm-ups. And if so, will the league fine him?