Expectations are high for the Raiders heading into the 2023 season. While no one expects them to challenge the Chiefs in the AFC West, the Raiders should be a more competitive team and compete for a playoff spot. But who is under the most pressure to make sure the team is competitive this season?
in a recent ESPN article, they named a player or coach who is on the bench heading into the 2023 season. For the Raiders, that person is none other than defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who is entering his second season with the team. Here’s what Paul Gutierrez had to say about the veteran defensive coordinator:
In 2022, Graham led the 28th-ranked overall defense in the NFL, which finished last in takeaways (13) with an NFL-low six interceptions and 30th in sacks (27) despite the presence of the two. Times Pro Bowler. maxx crosby and his league-leading 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. An upgrade is needed in 2023 under Graham.
Especially with Las Vegas using six of their nine draft picks last spring on defensive players, including the No. 7 pick edge rusher. Tyree Wilson – who was finally activated from the non-football injured list Wednesday after undergoing surgery on his right foot. Plus, the Raiders tackled the secondary with veterans. marcus peters and Marcus Eps. Yes, an improvement is expected.
If the Raiders aren’t significantly better on defense this season, it seems very likely that they will leave Graham and perhaps the entire coaching staff behind. Nobody expects the defense to be a top-10 unit, but they can’t be one of the worst groups in the league this season.
The Raiders need Graham for the defense to play near league average and it looks like he finally has the pieces to do it. If he can’t get them there in 2023, expect some serious changes next offseason.