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Two Former Colts Coaches, One Scout Head To Raiders

Posted Jan 18, 2018

The Oakland Raiders today announced that two former Indianapolis Colts coaches — Tim Berbenich and Jemal Singleton — as well as a former area scout, Dave Razzano, have all been hired onto head coach Jon Gruden's new staff.

INDIANAPOLIS — Three former members of the Indianapolis Colts’ football staff — two coaches and one scout — have been hired on with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced on Thursday.

Former Colts offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach Tim Berbenich, area scout Dave Razzano and running backs coach Jemal Singleton will each join head coach Jon Gruden’s new staff. Berbenich will serve as an offensive quality control coach, Razzano will be the Radiers’ director of football research, while Singleton will continue on as running backs coach.

• Berbenich had spent the previous five seasons with the Colts, joining the team in 2013 as an offensive assistant. He added duties as assistant quarterbacks coach in 2016. Berbenich had spent six years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2006-11 — the first three of which under Gruden — as an offensive quality control coach, assistant running backs coach and assistant wide receivers coach. He joined the NFL coaching ranks in 2003 with the New York Jets, where he was an offensive assistant and quality control coach until 2005.

• Razaano had spent the previous six years as an area scout with the Colts, focusing on the western United States and assisting on special assignments for both pro and college scouting. He holds 25 years of scouting experience, which also includes stints with the San Francisco 49ers (1988-92), St. Louis Rams (1992-2006) and Arizona Cardinals (2006-09).

• Singleton had spent the last two seasons as the Colts’ running back coach, leading the likes of Frank Gore, who had a 1,000-yard season in 2016 and narrowly missed out on another in 2017, as well as Robert Turbin — one of the best third-down backs in the league — and rookie running back Marlon Mack last season. Singleton had previously coached in the college ranks at the University of Arkansas (2015; special teams coordinator/running backs coach), Oklahoma State (2011-14; running backs coach) and the Air Force Academy (2006, 2007-10; running backs coach and run game coordinator).

Berbenich and Singleton become the fifth and sixth coaches from the Colts’ 2017 staff to formally join another team’s staff for 2018. Former wide receives coach Sanjay Lal is expected to assume the same position with the Dallas Cowboys, former quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday was named the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator, while former special teams coordinator Tom McMahon and defensive backs coach Greg Williams were hired to those same positions by the Denver Broncos last week.

The Colts, meanwhile, are yet to hire a new head coach after their decision to part ways with Chuck Pagano after six seasons. General manager Chris Ballard said after the season that the team’s new head coach will have input into the members of his staff in Indy.

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