Raiders fired defense coordinator Paul Guenther after giving Colts 44 points in week 14


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The Las Vegas Raiders announced Sunday night that it is relieved defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s duties. Rod Marinelli, who served as the team’s defensive coach, will serve as interim defense coordinator for the remainder of the season.

The Raiders gave 456 yards and 44 points to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, ultimately dropping their record to 7-6. Had it not been for the miracle return against the unfortunate New York Jets last week, the Raiders would be under 0.500 and four losers straight.

Their defense was a problem throughout the year: the team gave up at least 24 points in each match, but two and eight or more in 13 of the 13 races, while also allowing 400 or more yards per week in 13 matches. Guenther has been the Raiders defense coordinator since Jon Gruden took over as second head of the organization and joined him after serving in the same role with Cincinnati Bengals for the previous four seasons. His defenses in Oakland and Las Vegas were consistently close to the bottom of the league in terms of yards, scoring and efficiency, so it wasn’t exactly a shock that the team decided to advance.

Marinelli, meanwhile, has spent the past several seasons in Dallas under Jason Garrett. He, along with most of the other crew, was released last season, when he joined Gruden and Guenther for the Raiders. He is known for his defense playing hard and fast, but his achievements in Dallas left much to be desired towards the end of his term. Unless something dramatic changes happen, the same is likely to be the case in Vegas.