Brentson Buckner's time with the Raiders appears to be over after only one season.
NFL Media's Jim Trotter reported Tuesday that the Raiders have fired Buckner and will name Rod Marinelli as their new defensive line coach. As Trotter pointed out, the Raiders improved tremendously under Buckner in 2019, improving their sack total by 19 compared to the previous season.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden has fired respected defensive line coach Brenston Buckner and is expected to replace him with Rod Marinelli. Under Buckner, the Raiders improved from 13 sacks in 2018 to 32 this year, and from 30th against the run to 8th.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) January 14, 2020
Buckner reacted to the news later Tuesday afternoon.
God doesn't make mistakes. When He decides my time is up, I don't question it. I was blessed to coach a great group of Raiders. I had the pleasure of experiencing RAIDER NATION! I'm appreciative for Gruden blessing me with that opportunity!#FAITHBEFOREFAME 1love! No hate— Brentson Buckner (@faithbeforefame) January 14, 2020
While the Raiders vastly improved their sack numbers, they still finished the regular season tied for 24th in the NFL. But fifth-round draft pick Maxx Crosby finished the season with 10 sacks and 14 QB hits this season as a rookie, and there's no doubt Buckner played a large role in Crosby's fast transition to the NFL.
Marinelli served as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator since the 2014 season. He coached the team's D-line the year before.
The Cowboys ended 2019 with 39 sacks, good for 19th in the league.
Coach Jon Gruden's decision to fire Buckner as one year in Silver and Black surely comes as a surprise.