Romanowski Says Raiders Finally Disguising Defenses Under John Pagano
On Monday it was Lincoln Kennedy who was singing the praises of Raiders defensive coordinator John Pagano. Kennedy believes there is less confusion under Pagano and plays are getting in quicker from the sideline.
On Tuesday, another former Raider made an observation on Pagano’s defense. Bill Romanowski says for the first time this season the Raiders are disguising defenses and it’s making life more difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
“For the first time the last two games there were times when we did not know who coming and where they were going to come from,” Romanowski said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “In the NFL if you’re playing defense and they know you’re just going to rush four, they are going to eat you apart and that’s what they’ve done.”
Romo also added that he believes some of the disgust from players after Ken Norton Jr. was fired was because players knew head coach Jack Del Rio already had string input on the play calls that were coming from the sideline.
“That did happen at times,” Raiders play-by-play voice Greg Papa confirmed. “What happened was Ken would make a call and Jack would ‘no lets check out of that and run this.’ So there was some of that and there were actual games where he jumped in.”
Reach your own conclusions as to where the Raiders are at defensively, but this much is certain – they will face their first real test under Pagano on Sunday against the Chiefs. That’s when we’ll find out what they’re really about.