After previewing all the Las Vegas Raiders opponents for the 2022 season, we shift gears and take a look at the coaching staff for silver and black.
We continue the series by presenting a preview of the defensive staff of the Raiders.
Defensive Line Coach Frank Okam
Defensive line coach Frank Okam joins the Las Vegas Raiders for the first time in his career.
Previously, he served as an assistant defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers in 2020 before becoming defensive line coach in 2021.
Last season, the Panthers defensive line contributed 52 total sacks this season.
Additionally, the defense as a whole only allowed 305 yards per game, which was good for second place in the NFL. However, the Panthers defense allowed 23.8 points per game, which ranks 21st in the league.
Prior to Okam’s stint with the Cardinals, he spent two seasons as a defensive line coach at Baylor.
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Okam began his coaching career at Rice, working with their defensive line from 2014 to 2017.
He also has experience in the NFL as a defensive tackle. He spent four seasons playing for the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants.
That said, Okam told the media that he likes to pick the brains of someone who has 100+ sacks in his career, aka defensive end Chandler Jones, because Okam has never achieved that level of success in the game. NFL.
“As a former player, you have to remember in the NFL that we are colleagues,” Okam said. “And so, for me, I always like to pick the brains of somebody who’s got 100+ bags because that’s something I’ve never done in my own career. So at any time, you can take lessons from how they see the game, practice points, film review points, anything that can help these youngsters acclimate to the game faster; I’m all ears. I have no ego in this game.”
“I’m just trying to help the Raiders win football games.”
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