Paul Guenther

Paul Guenther

Defensive Coordinator

Update: Paul Guenther was fired by the Raiders immediately after an “AWOL defense” loss on 12-12-20 to the Indianapolis Colts. The Raiders scored more points in the 2020 season than any season in the last 20 years. The defense gave up over 30 points a game, so Rod Marinelli finished the DC position in 2020. Paul was later hired by the Minnesota Vikings. 

Original Paul Guenther Bio: Paul Guenther has been making NFL players better for the last 17 years as an NFL coach. Before becoming a coach, Paul played as a linebacker at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. While playing there, he set a school record for career tackles (355). He earned all-conference honors three times.

However, instead of trying to go Pro, he chose to help younger athletes realize their dreams. Paul continued his education, eventually earning his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Western Maryland University.

Going on to spend 13 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Guenther helped the team win four AFC North titles. During his time with the Bengals, they took 7 trips to the playoffs, including five in a row from 2011-15.

In 2018, the Raiders hired Paul as their defensive coordinator to build the team’s defense with Jon Gruden. 

Now living in Las Vegas, Paul Guenther is married to Patrice. Together they raise their two sons, Jake and Duke.

Paul Guenther Did You Know?

Paul Guenther Defense Strategist

Paul Guenther is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the National Football League. When he left the Cincinnati Bengals, various teams fought to get him as their defensive coordinator. Fortunately, he chose the Raiders!

Paul has made a significant difference in the Raiders’ master plan. Since Jon Gruden is well-known as an offense specialist, Paul’s opinions and suggestions are crucial.

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Gruden and Paul Guenther Friendship

Paul was actually one of the first people to know that Jon Gruden was coming back to the NFL. Over the years Paul has remained friends with both Jon and Jon’s brother. They often play golf together during the off-season.  

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