Coming Up
  • Mon., Apr. 21, 2014 8:00AM PDT Off-Season Workout Program The Raiders 2014 off-season strength and conditioning program will begin April 21 as the team convenes for training at the Raiders Alameda, Calif., facility.
  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM PDT Stockton Asparagus Festival RAIDER NATION ON LOCATION will be on hand April 26 and 27. The City of Stockton will host its 2014 Stockton Asparagus Festival April 25-27. 
  • Sun., Apr. 27, 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM PDT Stockton Asparagus Festival RAIDER NATION ON LOCATION will be on hand April 26 and 27. The City of Stockton will host its 2014 Stockton Asparagus Festival April 25-27. 
  • Mon., Apr. 28, 2014 8:00AM PDT Biletnikoff Hall of Fame Golf Classic Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff and the Oakland Raiders will host the 10th Annual Hall of Fame Golf Classic in memory of Fred's daughter Tracey to support many causes throughout Northern California. The golf tournament is set for Monday, April 28, 2014, and will be held at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

Coaches

Jason Tarver
Defensive Coordinator

Jason Tarver is in his third season as defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

Jason Tarver is in his third season as defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

Last season under Tarver, the Raiders started 10 new players on defense, signifying a major transition on defense. The Silver and Black ended the season tied for sixth in the NFL in fourth-down defense. Tarver’s unit also finished the year forcing their opponents into three-and-out drives 24.9% of the time, good for ninth in the league. DE Lamarr Houston had his best season as a pro and anchored the defensive line, starting all 16 games and making 71 tackles (55 solo) with six sacks and two forced fumbles. The defense also held up well against the run. After finishing 18th in the NFL a season ago in rushing yards allowed per game, the Raiders ranked sixth in the AFC, allowing just 107.9 yards per game. The Raiders also improved their total sack count from last year (25) with 38. The 38 sacks were also spread around at a remarkable rate, with 15 different players registering a sack. The linebacking corps was led by veteran newcomers Kevin Burnett and Nick Roach, with Roach setting career highs in tackles (152) and sacks (5.5). He intercepted his first career pass on Nov. 17 at Houston and garnered a spot on the USA Today All-Joe team. Rookie LB Sio Moore stepped in right away, posting 55 tackles (33 solo) and 4.5 sacks on the year and earning PFWA all-rookie team honors. The secondary was led by S Charles Woodson, who returned to the Silver and Black after seven seasons in Green Bay. Woodson had 133 tackles (88 solo) with two sacks, one interception, and one fumble return for a touchdown. As a unit, the defense held three opponents under 40 rushing yards in a game and to fewer than 2.0 yards per rush (Week 2 vs. Jax, Week 5 vs. SD and Week 8 vs. Pit). Furthermore, Oakland was also one of the best teams in 2013 when it came to holding opponents from gaining big plays on the ground. They were tied for first in the league when it came to opponent rushes of over 20 yards, giving up just five on the year.

In the two years since Tarver has taken over the reins of the Raiders defense, the unit has improved in a number of key areas, including rush defense (27th in 2011, 13th in 2013), fumble recoveries (T-24 in 2011, T-3 in 2013), forced fumbles (T-30 in 2011, T-4 in 2013), fumble returns of 20+ yards (T-14 in 2011, 1st in 2013) and opponent three-and-out percentage (31st in 2011, 9th in 2013). Since last year alone, the defense has made significant improvements in opponent 20-plus yard runs (T-22 in 2012, T-1 in 2013), opponent fourth down percentage (T-24 in 2013, T-6 in 2013) and red zone takeaways (T-31 in 2012, T-11 in 2013).

In 2012, three Oakland defenders recorded 100-or-more tackles, marking the first time since 2006 that three Raiders have reached the century mark. Over the last four weeks of 2012, the Raiders ranked second in the NFL in total defense and fourth in scoring defense. Led in part by fourth-round selection Miles Burris, who established a franchise rookie record with 138 tackles, Oakland over the NFL’s final quarter tied for fifth in rushing yards,  shutting down the AFC’s No. 1 ground-gainer Jamaal Charles, and sixth in net passing yards, including games against explosive Cam Newton and the league’s No. 2-rated QB, Peyton Manning.

Tarver served as co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Stanford in 2011, after spending 10 seasons in various coaching capacities with the San Francisco 49ers.

Tarver was appointed co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Stanford in February 2011 and coordinated one of the top defensive units in the PAC-12. The Cardinal ranked either first or second in the conference in six defensive categories, rushing defense (first-84.4), third-down conversion defense (first, 31.1), scoring defense (second, 21.9), total defense (second, 337.6), sacks per game (second, 3.0) and opponent first downs (second, 17.5). Stanford finished third nationally in rushing defense, sixth in third-down-conversion defense (31.0; 51-164) and 11th in sacks per game (3.0).

Tarver spent the previous decade on the staff of the 49ers, coaching San Francisco’s outside linebackers for six seasons (2005-10) prior to his appointment at Stanford. He began coaching at the NFL level as a quality control coach for the 49ers (2001-03) before being promoted to assistant running backs/offensive assistant coach for the 2004 campaign.

Under Tarver’s guidance in 2009, the 49ers’ outside linebackers recorded 15 takeaways, 17.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles, setting the edge for a run defense that ranked sixth in the NFL. LB Manny Lawson enjoyed a breakout season as he led the team with a career-high 6.5 sacks. Parys Haralson also posted five sacks. The 49ers finished the season tied for third in the NFL in sacks (44) and tied for first in forced fumbles (21), and ranked fourth in points allowed per game (17.6).

In 2007, Tarver played an instrumental role in the development of Haralson, who was elevated to a starting role after Lawson was lost for the season with an injury during the second week of the season. A year later, Haralson led the team with a career-high eight sacks, tied for second among NFC linebackers.

Prior to joining the 49ers in 2001, Tarver spent three seasons (1998-2000) as a graduate assistant coach at UCLA, where he worked primarily with the defensive backs while assisting with the special teams. During his tenure with the Bruins, three defensive backs, CBs Ricky Manning and Jason Bell along with safety Marques Anderson, joined the NFL ranks.

A Northern California native, Tarver played football at West Valley Junior College in Saratoga from 1994-95. He spent the 1996 and 1997 seasons as an assistant coach on the West Valley staff, tutoring linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

PERSONAL: Tarver earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1997 from Santa Clara University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned his master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA and received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching in 1998 and 2000. Tarver and his wife, Katie, have two sons, Merrick and Keegan.

Recent Videos

  • Talking Broncos with Tarver

    Posted Dec 26, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders prepare to host the Denver Broncos.

  • Jason Tarver Thursday

    Posted Dec 19, 2013

    Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver discusses what went wrong against the Chiefs and how the Raiders plan to try to put the brakes on the Chargers.

  • Press Conference Jason Tarver December 5

    Posted Dec 5, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice and discussed the match-up against the Jets.

Recent Articles

  • The Science of Defense

    Posted Nov 12, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver shares his simple formula: work hard.

  • Correcting Defensive Mistakes

    Posted Nov 7, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver says the defense has been working hard this week to correct mistakes make in the Eagles game.

  • Road to Defensive Resurgence

    By John Lund - Posted Nov 1, 2013

    John Lund is here with a Week 9 edition of The Wheel Route. John tells us about the Raiders defense's resurgence led by Jason Tarver.

  • Coach Tarver Media Session

    Posted Oct 31, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders prepare to host the Eagles.

  • Tarver Chats About Match-Ups, More

    Posted Oct 24, 2013

    Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders get ready to host the Pittsburgh Steelers.