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Las Vegas Raiders fire defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis Colts

Jim Reineking
 
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The Las Vegas Raiders have relieved Paul Guenther of his duties as defensive coordinator after Sunday’s 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli will serve as the interim defensive coordinator for the rest of the 2020 season, the Raiders announced Sunday night.

Guenther, who’s been an assistant coach in the NFL since 2002, was in his third season as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. His unit was gashed for 212 yards rushing against the Colts on Sunday. The Raiders have allowed 200 or more yards rushing in consecutive games for just the seventh time in team history, with last week’s defensive embarrassment coming against the winless New York Jets.

“To be a championship team and a playoff team, you have to be a good football team in all three phases,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after Sunday’s defeat. “Defensively, we had no answer. You can’t give up that many yards rushing, and not get to the quarterback, and lose the turnover margin, and expect to win in this league.”

MORE: Jonathan Taylor leads rushing outburst as Colts trounce Raiders

With defensive mistakes piling up, the Raiders (7-6) are in the midst of a 1-3 run that has them sliding out of the AFC playoff picture. 

The well-traveled Marinelli started as a high school coach in 1973, advanced to college football in 1976 and became an NFL assistant coach in 1996. He spent three seasons as head coach of the Detroit Lions, with his final season at the helm being the team’s 0-16 season in 2008.

Contributing: The Associated Press.

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