The Oakland Raiders didn't look far to find their next defensive coordinator, hiring Stanford defensive assistant Jason Tarver for the position.
Tarver, 37, helped shape one of the Pac-12's top defenses last season, serving as co-defensive coordinator and overseeing the linebackers under rookie coach David Shaw. He had been at Stanford since February 2010 after spending 10 seasons in various coaching jobs with the San Francisco 49ers. Before joining the 49ers, he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at UCLA.
Tarver returns to the NFL with a monumental task. The Raiders struggled mightily on defense last season, finishing 27th against the run and pass and 29th overall while giving up the third-most points (433) in team history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report