Klis: If Jack Del Rio goes to Oakland, Cory Undlin may be his defensive coordinator

Per Mike Klis, if Jack Del Rio ends up taking the head job in Oakland, his defensive coordinator may be current Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin. Klis writes:

If Del Rio becomes the Raiders coach, he might try to bring along Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin. Undlin was a defensive assistant coach for Del Rio in Jacksonville in 2009 and from 2010-11, and again with the Broncos since 2012.

Undlin is well-regarded among the football people at Dove Valley and he could be ready for a defensive coordinator position.

Such a move was predicted last month in a particularly prescient column by Grantland's Bill Barnwell:

Having started his NFL career with the Patriots, Undlin has gone on the sort of itinerant path that young coaches go through. Romeo Crennel brought him along to Cleveland, where he eventually became defensive backs coach. When Crennel was fired, Undlin found a home in Jacksonville, where he again became defensive backs coach. And when Jack Del Rio was fired, Undlin followed Del Rio to Denver, where he took over as secondary coach in 2013.

If Del Rio leaves to take another head-coaching gig, Undlin could very well follow him again and become defensive coordinator, or stick around in Denver and assume a bigger role in Del Rio’s absence. He could also be a secondary coach for 10 more years. Projecting coaching career paths is tough, but Undlin — or somebody like him — is capable of making the same sort of aggressive leap that Pagano made during his time in Baltimore.

If Del Rio and Undlin do head out to the Bay, we'd expect no other defections to Oakland. That is, of course, unless there's a bigger overhaul in store at Dove Valley.

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