MOBILE, Ala. – Paul Guenther became the youngest head coach in college upon joining Ursinus College, a Division III program about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia, in 1997. For his first recruiting visit, the 25-year-old planned to visit five local high schools on The same day, beginning with the Haverford School
A man with him there
He was an iconic football coach on campus, someone familiar with the region.
"I got there about 6:30 in the morning, ”Guenther said. “I didn't leave until about 1
That's how Guenther with Mike Mayock.
Twenty-two years ago, with a map, Mike Mayock Sr. helped Guenther find football talent. Today, as general manager, Mike Mayock Jr. is doing the same thing. The Raiders are in need of direction, as they navigate a critical offseason that features substantial salary cap room and 11 draft selections, including four in the top 35 picks. A busy scouting week will conclude Saturday when the team coaches the North Squad in the Senior Bowl.
They will be evaluating not only their own but also on the South, too.
The laughter features highly regarded edge rushers, including Mississppi State's Montez Sweat and Louisiana Tech's Jaylon Ferguson. The Raiders are interviewing both on Friday afternoon and next season will be Guenther's second as Raiders defensive coordinator.
In his first, he hardly stood a chance.
Veterans such as defensive tackle Carrie and linebacker NaVorro Bowman were not signed in free agency. All-Pro defensive than Khalil Mack was traded nine days before the regular-season opener. The Raiders are relied on inexperience, particularly after defensive than Bruce Irvin fell short of expectation and was cut in early November. role behind Mack and Irvin. Instead, he totaled 644 defensive snaps, fourth-most on the team.
Key is the only defensive than under contract for 2019. Oakland totaled in NFL-low 13 sacks, recording multiple sacks
Clearly, Guenther needs more talent. Long ago, to find it, he relied on Mayock Sr. Here is again, not only on Mayock but coach Jon Gruden and the Raiders' scouting department for assistance. It is rather serendipitous that Mayock occupies this role, his first in an NFL front office following a broadcasting career.
Among them, he and Gruden with when the laughter was The Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Coordinator from 1995 to 1997. Mayock worked as a local-based broadcaster at the time.
"It's kind of amazing," Mayock said. "Rich Bisaccia (special teams coordinator) and I go back to 19 years old at Joe Namath's football camp in Quinnipiac, Connecticut, two slappy 19-year-olds, just nerdy guys who loved ball. We with each other then, and we've been friends since. Go figure. How did we end up with the Oakland Raiders all these years later? ”
Said Guenther:“ I always told him to be a great general manager. He's a great evaluator of talent. He's been doing this thing with the draft even before guys were doing it to this extent. … I think he's going to do a tremendous job for us. ”
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