Raiders Fire Ken Norton

Former USC assistant coach Ken Norton was fired as Raiders defensive coordinator.   I’m not even sure he called the defensive plays for the Raiders so I doubt this is a major transition.

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  • JBKayak

    Doors swing open at ucla…

    • San Diego trojan

      Exactly, I could definatly see him being hired by new coach at UCLA if he wants back in college. I have a feeling Clancy returns to the pros after this year, if that’s the case, I would love his return to sc

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        He got fired for not being able to do his job well and you want to hire him, ok

        • Brent4c

          I can’t believe we actually agree on something. Clancy sucks because he kid held the #1 pick w nothing to lose to 3 TDs despite a horrific performance by his back 4? SC is in the top 10 in sacks. Norton has shown nothing that makes me think he’s an accomplished D.C. He was a great LB coach and a decent recruiter here that’s it.

        • Don Cooley

          Are you talking about Pete? Or Ken?

        • SucKiffin

          Like hiring Les Miles

        • Sandy Underpants

          Like Chip Kelly.

      • steveg

        Maybe USC and the Raiders could make a trade of DC’s.

  • Don Cooley

    I liked Norton hike he was here. We need somebody to fire these kids up.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      That’s all he’s good for

  • Sandy Underpants

    Okay, so there’s one piece of the puzzle. This hire could assure Clay Helton gets a contract extension after the CFP loss next year.

    • Pete

      Really? That’s good news.

  • Pudly76

    I heard Tyson Helton was calling defensive plays in the red zone.

    • steveg

      And USC stays at #11 in CFP

      • Pudly76

        Not surprising really.

        • 04Trojan

          Yep. Sounds about right.

          • SucKiffin

            too high actually … team is not that good

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      LMAO!

      • Pudly76

        Sometimes there’s just too much anger and angst around this blog..

  • Sas

    Please and I’m sorry god for saying this……Fire Pendergast and pay Ken Norton NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #Do It

    • Paul Muad’dib

      I don’t really follow the raiders, but according to most fans Norton was not well liked by the fan base.

      • JustOwns

        Snore squared.

        Thirty-one NFL teams hate Bill Belichick: BFD.

        • Paul Muad’dib

          You are one sad, sad individual.

          • JustOwns

            For what, because I pointed out your in your dumb words that you’re an ignorant half wit. Guilty and proud of it.

            I mean “I don’t really follow the raiders (sic)…” but somehow Pauly DS knows how Raider fans feel about Ken Norton.

          • Michael Guarino

            …and give him one or two hours and he’ll prove it all over again…..

          • 04Trojan

            Ha!

      • gotroy22

        Did they say why?

        • JustOwns

          “Did they say why.” Yeah 22, the crowd cited 14 points in an hour long chant after the Mexico City game.

        • Paul Muad’dib

          According to facebook posts, raider fans said the defense got worse under his tenure. Schemes too complicated.

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            “According to facebook posts…”

            That’s like saying Hillary is “liked’ because Hillary said her mom said she was.

            Say NO to Faceplant.

          • Paul Muad’dib

            No its not. Its literally raider fans comments. I didnt say it was official. I didnt say i couldnt be wrong. I said that to let everyone know thats where i found the info. So calm down, keep politics out of this and have a nice day.

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            Forget politics.

            Facebook is a troll haven for idiots and people who long to be Mrs. Kravitz. Snivelers and whiners.

      • Sas

        You know that’s probably true. I haven’t kept up with the NFL all year. I was surprised at how bad the Raiders defense was ranked.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      He’s dumber than Clancy

      • Tebow_Obama

        Norton has been away from the college game too long. Norton only recorded 12 sacks over his entire NFL career.

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          How many sacks would he have needed to record to be a better defensive coordinator?

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha! [ONE more and he would be eligible]…..
            #It’sAlwaysBeen13

          • Tebow_Obama

            Who knows? But apparently while working for the Raiders as defensive coordinator he didn’t record enough because they fired him. LOL!

      • Sas

        How so?

    • steveg

      My only thought about Norton is would still keep us connected back to PC. He may be great as DC, and if he could recruit well that would be a big boost.

      • SucKiffin

        Have you met Ken Norton jr ! he wants nothing to do with assisting a Gomer

      • Sas

        Pendergast needs to be replaced.

        He hasn’t been able to make any adjustments with Biggie and Jack-Jack, and I don’t see backups ready on the field. He and Ronnie Bradford have had more than enough time to get things going.

        7 straight touchdowns in the Rose Bowl

        49 points to Notre Dame

        He doesn’t recruit and said “just get me players and I’ll give you a top defense”
        Sure Clancy.

        Ronnie Bradford is his own hire and he’s also been a big time failure.

        We need some changes.

    • steveg

      I just read the Raiders defense is ranked #26 out of 32. Is that the DC USC wants? Maybe bring him back as LB coach.

      • 04Trojan

        Nansen seems to be doing okay, right? Plus wasn’t he one of a few holdovers from Sark? And a good recruiter? Helton sees something in him.

        • SucKiffin

          Nansen is a hanger on … was Sark’s pusher

          • 04Trojan

            Then why didn’t Helton unload him like Wilcox?

          • Jack B

            CH faces some really critical decisions over the next 90 days. We’re gonna find out an awful lot and I believe his USC future will be determined by these moves.

        • hoohoolianFUCLA

          Outside of Deland’s RBs, who has a better-performing unit than Nansen’s LBs?

      • Sas

        I’ll take that. LB Coach it is….

  • Pasadena Trojan

    I wonder why he was fired. Raiders looked pretty good on defense. This is unusal.

    • gotroy22

      Hope he didn’t have an Al Franken moment.

      • JustOwns

        Probably not, but we know for sure he didn’t have Wes Goodman/22 light my stogie blowout.

        • gotroy22

          Did he have a BJ Clinton humidor for his stogie moment or Obama pal Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter going on ‘sabbatical’ to reflect on ‘missteps’ moment?

          • JustOwns

            Hire a writer 22, you SUCC on the “come” back.

          • gotroy22

            You succ on life, Bad Luck Schleprock. If only you had rooted for the Astros…

          • JustOwns

            You’re so mean and nasty to me 22 that I’m going to hurl myself in front of a parked car.

          • gotroy22

            You need to start doing the opposite like George Costanza on Seinfeld. You might end up as travelling secretary for the Yankees.

          • JustOwns

            No sure there’s a “Secretray(sic)” position in the Yankee Organization.

          • JustOwns

            Today the Moron endorsed Roy “wanna play with a DA child” Moore, noted ephebophile, for the vacant Alabama Senate seat.

            F*rts of a feather doesn’t quite cover it.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        He does tape his fingers for games

        • JustOwns

          Cotex prefers a fist.

        • Trojans 6942

          Now that is funny

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Word on the street is the raiders are getting ready to clean house.

    • steveg

      So is USC.

      • Jack B

        You serious? You claiming Helton won’t be the USC coach for the 2018 season?

        • RegalTrojan

          Well, why not? If the team gets blown out in the next two games, anything is possible.

          • Jack B

            That’s not what steveg said. He said USC is already getting ready to move on. Big difference.

          • RegalTrojan

            That’s hard to imagine, JB. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Helton, but how can they kick him out after winning the conference and a major bowl game convincingly? It doesn’t add up.

          • steveg

            Not what I meant guys. SC will clean house, Helton will stay. Maybe I should have said USC is going to tidy up a bit instead. LOL

          • Pudly76

            See how things start… just one word is all it takes.

          • Jack B

            It depends on what the definition of is, is.

          • Michael Guarino

            More and more people are saying that, Jack.

          • SucKiffin

            No one is coming to be Gomer’s assistant he could barely find the idiots he has now

          • Pudly76

            Then how do you explain Deland McCollough? He’s shown great results with the running backs. He’s been a great position coach and positive influence on the young men. Your obsession with PC and his assistants has really reach new levels of depravity. There is no civility in any of your posts any longer. It seems the more the team wins the angrier you get.

            There was a time gentlemen could disagree in a civil manner.
            No need to insult a man for taking a job he was offered and certainly didn’t hold anyone hostage to get it.

            What’s your deal?

          • Trojan96

            I cannot see them getting rid of Helton, Clancy, Baxter, or Tee next year. I can see Swann strongly suggesting to make some personnel changes though. Helton’s record is too good and SC cannot afford to have a revolving door reputation. If Kelly can do it with nd, I think Helton has a shot but big changes need to be made.

          • RegalTrojan

            We must understand that Kelly’s ND team has vastly improved over last year and totally destroyed SC this year, but they still couldn’t transcend themselves into a true national elite. I’m not so sure if Helton could lure the top-tier assistants sitting on a rather shaky ground himself. Time will tell, though.

        • steveg

          No Jack, Helton will be back we all know that, but he will have to clean house or it will be the end of him, even you said that before.

          • Jack B

            Ya, it’s always been my understanding that Helton has 2018 regardless of what happens. To me, cleaning house means the head guy is outta here, as in Del Rio may be gone. Seems over-rated as a HC, like Jeff Fisher was as well.

          • steveg

            Oh man, if that’s the case here comes the Del Rio bandwagon again.

          • Jack B

            Hah! Please spare me.

            When and if we make a switch, I’m confident Swann will know which direction to go. That guy knows football and his focus on USC FB greatness is much different than Haden’s.

          • RegalTrojan

            Only if he’s left alone. I hope he isn’t affected by any internal politics in doing so. Any major sports these are highly intricate entities with many dealings with the league and the management, which is SC, in this case.

          • Jack B

            Swann didn’t want the AD job if he didn’t have the power to make big decisions. There were negotiations about that.

            He’s got his eye on what to do about USC baseball too. Hubbs better pick it up.

          • SCgrad12

            Jack, my nephew is being recruited by a number of Pac-12 schools for baseball. Word is that if Hubbs doesn’t not only get to a regional, but win a couple of games, he’s out.

          • Jack B

            Good. And good luck to your nephew as well.

          • fast fred

            This from your “sources”?

          • SucKiffin

            Del Rio is far from gone
            Raider brass love JDR

          • Jack B

            What does the Raider brass know? They stink again as usual. If ever there was a team that’s all hat and no cattle, it’s the woeful Raiders.

      • Tebow_Obama

        AHA HA HA HA! Good one

    • JustOwns

      Wait a minute, so now Pauly DS just puts ear to the ground and hears what Raider Mgmt. is talking about. LOL.

  • Avoid the Tarmac

    helton gather the boyz together and take the plane to oakland and bring our boy home #fireclancy #coachupjackjones

  • Fred Sampson

    Pete Carroll didn’t think much of Ken Norton to name him the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, so he bypassed him for his defensive back coach, Kris Richards. Nevertheless, Norton is fantastic college coach

  • Isaiahdolan

    Do you think SW would accept Lane Kiffen as a replacement for his current least favorite, CH?

  • Old Trojans never die

    Will the Raiders be paying Norton millions? Does anyone realize that paying a coach at a public school not to coach is a gift of public funds?

  • Ted

    According to sources Jeff Fisher was seen having lunch with Max Nakias at papa Christo’s Greek Grill. Helton is gone if Fisher wants the HC job at southern cal

    • Grammymb

      Don’t dis Papa Christo

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Hire him to coach DBs. Can’t be worse than Ronnie Bradford.

  • jim

    One of Pete Carroll’s biggest negatives was that he couldn’t just coach with someone in a business-like relationship. He had to be buddy-buddy with his assistants and he loved the rah-rah types. That’s one of the reasons why the team started to go down in his last years. Instead of hiring great assistants, he had a tendency to promote assistants that really weren’t top notch position coaches. Also, he got rid of at least one great coach….Norm Chow. Outside of Kiffin and Orgerin, none of his assistants(that I can think of) ever went on to do anything in football. I would say that, even with those 2, the class is still out.