The Oakland Raiders made a big move after their resounding beatdown by the Patriots on Sunday, finally pulling the plug on defensive coordination Ken Norton Jr. as a so far dismal defensive 2017 season.
Assistant head coach John Pagano will take his place for the remainder of the season.
“After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator,” coach Jack Del Rio said in a statement.
“I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the Raiders since coming aboard and wish him the best going forward.”
Currently, the Raiders are ranked 26th in total defense, giving up an average of 367 yards per game.