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Medford’s Singler joins Raiders

After four seasons at Duke, former South star hired to McDaniels’ staff

It has been quite a whirlwind recently for Medford’s Mitch Singler, who within the last few weeks enjoyed the birth of his first child and, on Monday, was officially announced as the offensive quality control coach for the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.

Singler, a 2009 South Medford High graduate, previously was on David Cutcliffe’s staff at Duke University after beginning his coaching career in 2016 at his alma mater Oregon State.

Singler’s addition was one of several announced Monday by Las Vegas to join the staff of new head coach Josh McDaniels.

Singler and his wife Janae welcomed son Easton to the family on Feb. 20.

The oldest son of South Medford football coach Bill Singler joined the Duke coaching staff in March of 2018 after two years as offensive quality control coach at Oregon State, where he was a three-time letterwinner as a receiver before graduating in 2014.

He initially served as a football analyst working primarily with the offense for the Blue Devils and in 2019 primarily worked alongside assistant coach Re’quan Boyette with Duke’s running backs.

Also announced Monday to be joining McDaniels’ staff were former Giants coordinator Patrick Graham running the defense and former Patriots assistant Mick Lombardi coordinating the offense.

Former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is returning as a senior defensive assistant, Tom McMahon as special teams coordinator and former NFL star Antonio Pierce as linebackers coach.

The other assistants hired are Chris Ash (defensive backs), Matt Feeney (defensive quality control), Frank Okam (defensive line), Jason Simmons (defensive backs, pass game coordinator), Carmen Bricillo (offensive line), Bo Hardegree (quarterbacks), Kennedy Polamalu (running backs), Jerry Schuplinski (senior offensive assistant), Maurice Drayton (assistant special teams) and Matt Sheldon (director of football research and strategy).

Edgar Bennett remains on the Raiders’ staff for his fifth season as receivers coach. The only other returners are assistant offensive line coach Cameron Clemmons and the strength and conditioning staff that features A.J. Nebel, Deuce Gruden, D’Anthony Batiste and Rick Slate.

Graham becomes a defensive coordinator for the third time. He also had that job with the Giants from 2020-21 and the Dolphins in 2019. He previously worked as an assistant with McDaniels on New England’s staff and brings a versatile scheme to Las Vegas.

Lombardi, the son of former Raiders executive Mike Lombardi, worked as assistant quarterbacks coach in 2019 and receivers coach from 2020-21 with McDaniels in New England.

Ryan was defensive coordinator for the Raiders from 2004-08 and also held that job for Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans. He most recently served as Baltimore’s inside linebackers coach.

Pierce joins the Raiders after spending the past four seasons at Arizona State. He played nine years in the NFL for Washington and the Giants.

McMahon has coached special teams in the NFL for the past 15 seasons, including the last four in Denver.

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