Oakland Raiders Coordinator Search: Trestman No Longer an Option

John Doublin – Jan 16, 2013

The Chicago Bears announced that former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator, and rumored candidate to replace Greg Knapp, is their new head coach. This removes the possibility of a Trestman-Raiders reunion.

Trestman was the Raiders quarterback coach in 2001, and offensive coordinator in 2002—the last two seasons the Raiders had a winning record. Those years saw the best Raiders' offense in a long time, as they led the league in scoring, Rich Gannon won the league MVP award, and the Raiders played in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season.

There is much disappointment in Raider Nation about Trestman going elsewhere, as many believed he'd have been a great fit for Carson Palmer and the Raiders.

This leaves the Raiders without a coordinator, and the search must go on.

More rumors have surfaced that Mike Martz will get a second interview, and Stanford University offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton will be brought in for a visit as well.

Though Martz had some success as a coordinator in St. Louis with the "Greatest Show on Turf," he's known for having problems protecting the quarterback. His offense runs a lot of five-receiver route combinations and deep routes that take a long time to develop, but he never really provides pass protection help for the offensive line.

Every quarterback that has run a Martz system, (except Kurt Warner) has ended up on the injured reserve. Marc Bulger, Joey Harrington, Jeff Garcia and most recently, Jay Cutler all suffered season-ending injuries under Martz.

This has Raider fans worried for the safety of Palmer.

Hamilton is an interesting prospect. His ties to Raiders' defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, are clear as both coached under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, and his system is one of the few remaining "pro-style" offenses in college football.

However, hiring another coach with little to no NFL experience opens the Raiders up to another year of adjustment. Tarver's defense struggled at times, and never really came together until late in the year. If Hamilton comes to Oakland, it's likely the offense would experience a similar fate.

This begs the question: Can Raider Nation wait yet another year to be a contender?

Again, these rumors about Martz and Hamilton being interviewed cannot be confirmed, but it's clear the Raiders need to get something done sooner, rather than later.

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