The Oakland Raiders have added two more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.
There were rumors last week that Holland had joined the Raiders' coaching staff as the new linebackers coach and those rumors turned out to be true. The hire makes considerable sense knowing the history between Holland and head coach Dennis Allen as well as GM Reggie McKenzie.
Holland played at Texas A&M-- Allen's alma mater. He was then drafted in the second round by the Packers in 1987. Holland played seven seasons for the Packers, posting six straight seasons with at least 100 tackles before retiring in 1994. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers' Hall of Fame in 2001.
Holland began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Packers in 1995 — just a year after McKenzie joined the team's front office. He was promoted to special teams coach in 1998, then linebackers coach in 1999. He was part of Mike Holmgren's staff in Green Bay which led Packers to back-to-back NFC Championships following the 1996 and 1997 seasons and win Super Bowl XXXI.
He has coached in the NFL for 16 seasons, most recently as the linebackers coach for the Houston Texans for five years from 2006-10. He coached two AP Defensive Rookies of the Year during his time in Houston in DeMeco Ryans (2006) and Brian Cushing (2009).
Prior to joining the Texans, Holland spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions as defensive assistant (2003-04) and linebackers coach (2005).
Keith Burns, a veteran of 28 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, was the secondary coach at the University of Mississippi in 2011. Burns has coached on two occasions in Northern California, serving in various roles at UOP (1985-88) and at San Jose State (2004-09). He has been both an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator at the collegiate level and served as head coach at Tulsa for three seasons from 2000-02.
Burns had previously been the secondary coach at Kansas State and defensive coordinator at Arkansas for two seasons (1998-99). Following the 1998 season at Arkansas, Burns was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He was also defensive coordinator at USC for five seasons from 1993-97.
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As someone once famously said... "This house is clean". Now it's onto the players. We're way over the cap. I see people talking about DMC being traded, but he's probably not worth enough to trade. But if he's pulling down big bucks - he needs to restructure. The guy is a Ferrari - great when he's on the road, but most of the time he's in the shop. There's no doubt in my mind he's injury prone.
I've seen a lot of people on the board pining away for Matt Flynn. Something very interesting in that regard is happening down here in Miami. The Fins hired Joe Philbin (ex-Packers OC) as their head coach. - the guy who prepped Flynn. But who are the Dolphins chasing as their next QB? Peyton Manning. Think about that for a moment - instead of the "hot young prospect" Flynn - the guy Philbin knows inside out - they're chasing an injured guy with maybe one or two years left (at best) that they don't know at all. If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about Flynn - I don't know what would.
So, everybody's on board now. Last coach missing was Defensive Line Coach and Terrell Williams is coming from Texas A&M to fill the hole. He's been working last two years with the Aggies. They run a 3-4 defense, so it all points we will have one too. They had a pretty good run defense averaging 3.5 yards per carry, but only 2.5 at home. Allen must know this fellow since he was an Aggie himself, and it's not strange he's calling him up. I like all these young coaches at Oakland. Maybe it's a big bet, but I'm sure this team knows nothing but betting big to win. Have a nice offseason guys!!!!
Alright, more coach news... seems like Johnny Lynn is coming to Oakland as the Secondary Coach. He's been recently fired by the Eagles. Even when the All-Hype Team failed in almost every stage of the game, secondary had some pretty good moments (some may say it means nothing though when you have Nnamdi, Asante Samuels and Rodgers-Chromartie as CB). He's no Dick LeBeau, but he already has some DC experience and he's been on pretty good defenses like Ravens and 49ers.This is gonna be another hiring that's gonna bring head-scratching and doubts to the fans, but I say let's just wait for the first games to be played to start judging. They say Clayton Lopez (Rams secondary coach until this past season) might be coming as his assistant... Ok, that doesn't tell us much anyway. On the offense, another college coach is coming. Tulane's offensive line coach for the last five seasons, Mark Huston is coming as TE Coach.
man a lot of stuff im reading, raider fans want to cut or trade mcfadden, wimbley, seymour, johnson, dhb, satele, barnes, mcclain and others. even though were rebuilding, we cant cut our whole team or we will be picking back in the top five. redoe a couple contracts, get rid of some guys, but we cant gut the whole team. lets get cap friendly so we can major players in free agency cause we dont have hardly no draft picks!
happy with the staff, now its time to start getting rid of the rest of the over paid underachievers on this team.
This is a very positive hire and the knowledge of the college game grows even more with the hiring of Burns.
nice way to wind down putting the staff together after the horrific start - Hoffman and Knapp...thank God for Saunders staying Burns ready to take over mid season from Hoffman!
@raidersbuzztap all coach positions filled
@Indy! Couldn't agree more on McFadden's situation. He's a great running back if he can stay healthy... that's a huge IF. Mike Bush is becoming a free agent and the team has a decision there, resigning him might not be cheap, but he's been much more reliable than Darren McFadden. Now, when it comes to the Flynn thing it's not so easy. He's had only two games. They were awesome games, but they both happened late in december. He's an enigma. No one knows for sure how good he might be. Now, it means nothing if Manning's sounding loud down in Miami, what kind of crazy coach wouldn't want to have Peyton in his team if he's healthy??? On the other side, showing interest in Flynn might only raise his price this offseason so he'd be both a risky and expensive chance. He may be a good fit in Oakland since Green Bay runs the West Coast Offense since a long time ago, he's familiar with that scheme and it would be easy to build upon that. He's not the only free agent QB over there. Our very own Jason Campbell is out there, Brady Quinn (whom I'd like to see playing for a better team than that disaster called Cleveland Browns), Kyle Orthon, even Vince Young. I'm not saying any of them is a star, but they're all needing to redeem themselves. If you can get a Free agent QB to compete that's great. If you think he could be a franchise QB and you can trade an overpayed Carson Palmer and get back some of the huge value this team gave for him, well, it would be an interesting decision.
Already Lynn and Hutson are listed as Raider coaches on Wiki..
I would say that the situation at the Eagles with the NA, AS, RChrom that they would actually be pretty hard to coach. They are already vets and probably feel they are now uncoachable... or so set in their ways that they are uncoachable.
Now, what we have is our secondary is maybe 100% opposite to that at the Eagles. Our young CB's need so much coaching and tuition it is ridiculous and our safeties bar Branch who is just fantastic and I think our priority out of our own, well, frankly aren't very good... so any coaching will be of benefit.
If the post season rumours are true, which without a HC, DC & GM in place I found hard to understand, but maybe moving Huff to CB could be a good idea. We certainly need a lot of help there but as I said. I am not to sure where these rumors came from as we had no one in place to make them.
Anyways, if Lynn is our DB/secondary coach then I have no problem with this whatsoever.
I can understand some of these guys being cut / traded but some are just crazy!
McFadden I don't want to see traded unless we can get a first round pick up for him (which I can't see any team offering). For any less I just don't think it's worth it.
Wimbley I agree probably needs to re-construct his contract but I don't think he should be considered tradebait unless an offer comes up that is just too good (anything higher than an early second in my opinion).
Seymour and / Kelly I wouldn't be surprised. Both are getting up there in age and earning more than what they should. If any do I think it's one or both of these guys. I thought Dez Bryant was the best player on the DL this year and probably one of the cheapest too.
Johnson I think will have to either re-construct or be cut. He is overpaid but right now he is the best option we have at CB.
DHB should never be mentioned as being cut / traded. He is only earning around $2 mil the next couple season and right now has worked himself into being our most consistent WR. He is our number one receiver and I can only see him getting even better especially if we are moving to a West Coast offense.
Satele is a good back-up and isn't so bad if we are switching to ZBS but he should still be replaced either with Chris Meyers (PLEASE!) or with Wiz and having a new LG.
Barnes sorry arse needs to be cut and McClain I could care less if he goes or stays.
@massillonraider be interesting who McK & AD think is worth their salary and the type of players they want....prolly some consistent players and hopefully a game changer or two.
@Black_Nightmare I agree. May be the best coach signing of all.
@dondiraider I'm happy about retaining Saunders as well. It will be interesting to see what kind of West Coast / Vertical hybrid Saunders and Knapp create.
@Black_Nightmare True Miami could be playing possum on Flynn. But they have the money available, the guy's former coach and plenty of incentive - everyone down here agrees the Fins need a franchise QB - not another gap filler like Manning. Manning would be the second choice to a hot prospect or draft pick imo. The Fins would have to trade up to get Griffin or Luck - maybe two 1s (or more) for Luck. But Flynn is different - he's a free agent. He'd only require money - an easy pick-up for them. Just surprising that there's no heat on him all things considered. Either way - he's out of our price range imo.
So far as our situation - I prefer Carson over any of those options. The perfect situation for me would be Carson starting and Campbell as back-up. After 8 years in the league - I think that's where Campbell really belongs... he's a talented back-up or a low level starter - not a guy who's going to take a team to the Super Bowl. I think the west coast offense just makes Carson's job easier (or any QB for that matter - it's not a taxing system for a QB's skills imho) - so I would expect him to be an even better QB in that system. Quinn couldn't unseat Orton or Tebow in Denver or Derek Anderson in Cleveland, so I doubt there's anything to see there - but that's jmho.
We need to keep Bush - losing him would be a big mistake imo.
@ukraider78 There were several coaches on the Eagles who took the fall for Andy Reid's failure. That is why Philly will not be back in the playoff hunt for a while.
With that said, I think our team is shaping up rather nicely. We are in a position to improve areas that we need to improve in. I heard McK and DA say we have a team that can win now with a few tweaks, and we are seeing where those tweaks will be made; and then it's on! JUST WIN, BABY!
@ukraider78 I agree. And as I said, he's been working with pretty good defenses. You can't judge him upon what happened in Philly with all the big troubles they had last year. Anyway, he's not a big name and many fans have been complaining about many other coaches recently hired (I've even read some guys saying we're gonna be picking top 5 in 2013 draft). I do expect some criticism from the fan base. I hope he'll do a great job though.
Top 5? No way!
I honestly don't see us going much worse than this year. Allen will know how to stop Tebow and the I can see the Broncos taking a step back. The Chargers I don't think are that dangerous anymore and are on the decline. The Chiefs I think will be our biggest challenge if they can get all their injured back to 100%.