Reports: Raiders hire Olson to run offense

Posted Jan. 19, 2013 @ 1 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Raiders have chosen former Jaguars assistant head coach and QB coach Greg Olson to replace Greg Knapp as the team's new offensive coordinator,  according to multiple reports.

Olson, who has 15 years of NFL coacing experience, spent the 2012 season in Jacksonville. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator/QB coach for the Buccaneers from 2008-2011. He has also run offenses in St. Louis and Detroit.

Knapp was fired on "Black Monday" after just one season in Oakland. The Raiders finished 18th overall on offense and 28th in rushing offense.

Star RB Darren McFadden struggled to adapt to Knapp's zone-blocking scheme in 2012, averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. Olson is expected to install the man power scheme that helped McFadden average 5.3 yards per carry under former coordinator/head coach Hue Jackson in 2010-2011.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has three coaching vacancies remaining: offensive line coach; special-teams coordinator; and linebackers coach.