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2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B

Coaching Staff DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT 8th season in NFL (7 as a player) ■ 1st season with Raiders Sam Anno joins the NFL coaching ranks as a defensive assistant for the Silver and Black after spending the last six seasons at the University of San Diego as an assistant head coach/linebackers and special teams. Anno served as the special teams coordinator along with coaching linebackers and the defensive line unit for the past six seasons with the Toreros. San Diego closed out the 2014 season with a 9-3 record and their first trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs, falling to Montana in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. In the 2013 season, senior DE Steve Gargiulo was tabbed an All-Pioneer Football League first-team member, while fellow DE Blake Oliaro closed out his career with 30 sacks. Following the 2011 campaign, Oliaro was tabbed the PFL Defender of the Year and an All-American, and senior DE Mario Kurn signed a free agent contract with the Raiders. QUARTERBACKS 15th season in NFL ■ 1st season with Raiders 28 Gameday MAGAZINE Prior to coaching at San Diego, Anno coached linebackers and special teams at Central Connecticut State in 2008, where the team went 7-4 overall and tied for third in the Northeast Conference standings with a 4-3 mark. Anno began coaching collegiately at USC, spending three years at his alma mater serving as a video assistant in 2007 and a defensive and special teams graduate assistant in 2005 and 2006. Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Anno coached at Venice (Calif.) High School as an assistant in 2004. He served as the defensive coordinator at Santa Monica (Calif.) High School from 2000-01 after spending four seasons as an assistant there. Sam Anno Todd Downing enters his 15th season in the NFL, his first with the Silver and Black, as quarterbacks coach. Downing joins the Raiders after spending the 2014 season in the same role with the Buffalo Bills. Prior to joining the Raiders, Downing guided second-year QB EJ Manuel and veteran QB Kyle Orton, leading Buffalo to a 9-7 record. After Manuel threw touchdowns in each of his four starts on the season, Downing helped Orton record his best statistical season since 2010. In just 12 starts, Orton posted his third 3,000-yard season and tied his third-best touchdown mark with 18 scores. Downing joined the Bills after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, four of them working with quarterbacks. Downing got his start in Detroit as an offensive quality control coach in 2009 before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2010, working with QB Matthew Stafford, the Lions’ first-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. In Downing’s three seasons as quarterbacks coach in Detroit, Stafford started all 48 games and passed for at least 4,600 yards and 20 touchdowns each year, including a 5,000-yard, 41-touchdown season in 2011, which led to the Lions’ first playoff berth since 1999. Under Downing’s tutelage, Stafford went on to become the franchise leader in attempts, completions and passing yards, and ranked second in touchdowns with 109 by the end of 2013. In 2013, Stafford completed 371-of-634 passes for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, his third consecutive 4,600-yard, 20-touchdown season. The year prior, he fell just shy of his second-straight 5,000-yard season, setting franchise marks in both attempts and completions by connecting on 435-of-727 passes (59.8 percent) for 4,967 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2011, Downing’s first year as quarterbacks coach, Stafford set franchise passing records for yards (5,038), touchdowns (41), passer rating (97.2) and completion percentage (63.5). He was one of only three quarterbacks, along with New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, to finish 2011 in the top five of all six major passing categories: third in yards, third in touchdown passes, fifth in quarterback rating, fifth in completion percentage, first in attempts (663) and second in completions (421). Downing’s guidance helped Stafford record two of the best seasons in NFL history. His 2011 and 2012 seasons rank eighth and ninth, respectively, on the all-time single-season passing yards list, and Stafford and Brees are the only players to have thrown for at least 4,900 yards in back-to-back seasons. Furthermore, his two-year tally of 10,005 passing yards ranks fourth in the NFL behind only Brees (10,653), Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (10,136) and Brady (10,062) for the most passing yards over two seasons. The 2010 season forced Downing to deal with several injuries at the quarterback position. However, all three of the team’s signal callers maintained production throughout the season. In all, the Lions started Stafford (three games), QB Shaun Hill (10 games) and QB Drew Stanton (three games), and the team ranked third in the league in completions (383), third in attempts (633), 12th in gross passing yards (4,001) and were tied for 11th in touchdown passes (26). Before working exclusively with quarterbacks, Downing served as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. In 2008, he was named assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach in St. Louis. Downing got his start at the NFL level with the Minnesota Vikings on current Raiders offensive line coach and former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice’s staff, where he worked as an intern and coaching assistant from 2001-02 and as a football systems analyst from 2003-04. He was named offensive quality control coach for the Vikings in 2005. He helped the Vikings achieve top-five finishes in three years (2003- 05) and a playoff appearance in 2004. Before he entered the NFL ranks, Downing began his coaching career with his alma mater, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, from 1999-2000. In 2000, he helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota Class 5-A State Title. TODD DOWNING


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