Recently with the Oakland Raiders, Brentson Buckner returns to the Arizona Cardinals as the new defensive line coach
He tweeted the news out on Wednesday so it must be true. Former Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Brentson Buckner appears to be heading back to the same position with the Arizona Cardinals.
He was with the Cardinals from 2013-2017 on Bruce Arians staff before going off to work for the Raiders. His cut from Jon Gruden’s staff earlier this month was a bit of a surprise to some.
What’s one team’s trash is another’s treasure? Although I would hardly call Buckner trash. He’s far from it.
If this is truly the move being made, as the Cardinals have not officially announced this addition to the coaching staff, then it should be considered a home run for them. A lot of Cardinals fans wanted to see this move the moment they knew he was going to be available.
The Cardinals need to update their defensive line. They have Zach Allen who they drafted in 2019. He only ended up playing in 4 games, registering a tackle in 3 of them.
Then they have decisions on Corey Peters and Rodney Gunter. There is a sense they need to help linebacker Chandler Jones with the pass rush, so they could be looking to draft an edge rusher in April at the NFL Draft.
Who else to get but Buckner? Buckner played for 4 NFL teams over his 12-year playing career. He is entering his 11th NFL season as a coach or intern.
The Cardinals let their former defensive line coach in Chris Achuff go earlier in January. Certainly the Raiders move helped out the team big time. There was no word if they had been looking at anyone else for the position before or after Buckner became available.
Now that the news is out there, expect an announcement shortly. It will likely come after the Super Bowl is completed on Sunday.