Raiders hope change in D coordinators provides needed spark

FILE- This Aug. 12, 2017, file photo shows Oakland Raiders coach Ken Norton Jr., prior to an NFL preseason football game in Glendale, Ariz. The Oakland Raiders fired defensive coordinator Norton on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in a staff shake-up during a disappointing season. Coach Jack Del Rio called the move a difficult decision and said that assistant head coach for defense John Pagano will take over as coordinator leading into this week's home game against the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio had seen enough.

Tired of watching his defense fail to generate turnovers, get off the field on third downs and limit big plays by the opponents, Del Rio decided to fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. this week and replace him with assistant John Pagano.

“I really felt like I needed to shake things up,” Del Rio said Wednesday, a day after making the change. “We couldn’t continue doing what we’ve been doing to this point. I made the call. The whole idea is to change what we’re doing.”

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