So it's Greg Beikert who will coach the linebackers after all. I had speculated that he would be promoted to the position when the Raiders fired former linebackers coach Mike Haluchak this offseason. Then the Raiders brought in Chuck Bresnahan as a defensive assistant and the thinking was that he would be the Raiders new linebackers coach and Biekert would serve as assistant.
Now the Raiders have announced that Biekert will indeed be the new linebackers coach.
Head Coach Hue Jackson said this of Biekert in a statement:
"I'm excited to re-connect with one of the true and great Raiders," said Jackson. "His vision and mine are right in line with each other."
Biekert re-joined the Raiders last July with the title of assistant coach on defense but he was always destined to coach the linebackers. He played middle linebacker for the Raiders in nine of his eleven NFL seasons. He was drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round out of Colorado in 1993.
After spending his first nine seasons with the Raiders, he spent his final two seasons with the Vikings. He was always considered an extremely smart player and one of the greatest Raider linebackers. He never missed a regular season game in 11 seasons, seeing action in 176 league contests with 155 starts. He also played in six playoff games for the Raiders. Needless to say, he outplayed his draft position.
The announcement on Raiders.com was sure to point out that Biekert "recover(ed) Tom Brady's fumble in the 'Tuck Game' against the New England Patriots in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoffs." Interesting way of slipping in there that it was indeed a fumble.
Biekert's promotion now leaves us to wonder what this means for Chuck Bresnahan. If he isn't the Raiders next linebacker coach, what will his job be? The Raiders have been holding out until the Super Bowl was over so they could talk to Winston Moss and/or Darren Perry about the vacant defensive coordinator position. The Cardinals announced today that Winston Moss is interviewing with them. It then seems curious timing for the Biekert announcement.
I pondered last week whether Moss or Perry would want the Raiders' DC job. If they turn it down then Bresnahan will be "promoted" to the position which he held for the Raiders from 2000-2003. Before that he was the Raiders defensive backs coach. But the Raiders already have Kevin Ross in place to coach the DB's.
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Biekert's promotion definitely puts a big question mark on Bresnahan. I really think he is second in line for the defensive coordinator position. If the Raiders do not sign Winston Moss as the DC, then I think Bresnahan is the guy. Darren Perry still has a shot, but it seems the Raiders have lost their initial interest in him.
Winston Moss would be a good addition imo.
Biekert - "one of the greatest Raider LBs" ? Really ? I think not. He was a good steady player. Lets hope he is a great coach :)
there's your answer BRO!
Winston Moss is ours!! He will be an awesome DC. Chucky B will be a good assistant for sure. his experience will to a lot for these young guys on defense.
I'm still clinging to the hope that if Al thought Chucky B was the right guy for the job, it would have happened already. If he is to become our DC, I will puke in my mouth.
The other hope i have is that this trend of ex-Raiders becoming our position coaches will continue with Moss ... we will see what ARZ does. The timing of the two probably don't matter LD. Look at what happened with Hue.... he was always going to be the man. Al just took his time and let him interview with the Niners... maybe for just upholding the Rooney Rule... but who exactly knows.
Does the rooney rule apply to just HC'ing jobs? or does an african american have to be interviewed in general?
@DARKKUSH Rooney rule only applies to the head coaching position. And yes, Hue interviewing for the Niners was for the sole purpose of upholding the Rooney rule. Much easier to have Hue over from right across the bay than to waste time and money flying someone out from elsewhere.