It's time. The Raiders chose only to fire head coach Hue Jackson outright, leaving the remaining staff members to wait until their contract was up. That day is today. As of tomorrow, they will officially no longer be under contract with the Raiders.
One coach has already left. Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal left to take the same position with the New York Jets.
At this moment, all other coaches besides Jackson and Lal are still listed as part of the coaching staff. But tomorrow all that could change. This also means that if there are any coaches they actually might want to keep around, they will need to get busy on bringing in a new head coach so as to maintain said coaches.
New GM Reggie McKenzie has said that the new coach will be able to pick his own staff. However, it looks as if that new coach could very well come from the Packers' staff. If the Packers go on a long playoff run, it will give every other team in the NFL a chance to sign away the Raiders' coaches prior to that time.
Among those coaches who were reported last week as not being brought back are defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, linebackers coach Greg Biekert, defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, and safeties coach Kevin Ross. This would leave defensive line coach Mike Waufle and assistant linebackers coach Ricky Hunley as the only remaining defensive staff. Willie Brown would also be retained but he doesn't hold a defensive title. He is listed as "squad development."
However, those reports came out when Hue Jackson was still the head coach. At that time it was thought that the only overhaul would be made on the defensive side of the ball.
Now, with Jackson out, the entire staff could get a housecleaning. The remaining offensive staff are offensive coordinator Al Saunders, offensive line coach Bob Wylie, assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski, running backs coach Kelly Skipper, tight ends coach Adam Henry, special teams coach John Fassel, and strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll.
The offensive coaching staff did a fine job this past season but that may not matter much. McKenzie said he wants a "fresh start." Hue Jackson's firing was a bit of a surprise, and typically when a head coach is fired, his staff, regardless of how good they may be, goes as well.
The most valuable of the offensive coaches would be the line coaches, Bob Wylie and Steve Wisniewski. They did a masterful job with the Raiders' offensive line. It was the best the Raiders' line has looked since... well, since Steve Wisniewski was playing for the Raiders as opposed to coaching.
On the defensive side of the ball, Mike Waufle would be the most valuable of the bunch. However, it appears the Raiders could move to a 3-4 defense and if that happens, Waufle would likely move on to a team running the 4-3 defense to which he is accustomed.
As of tomorrow, we will begin getting some idea of who will be moving on, though we may not see a head coach until at least mid February and the final coaching staff may not be fully assembled until a while after that.
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So Levi - two questions for ya:
1. Who do you think will get the HC job ?
2. Who would you like to get the HC job ?
Your public wants to know !
@oaklandraider At this moment I would say Winston Moss has the inside track. Although I would have thought he would have been one of the first phone calls McZ made today. As yet, he has not called any GB assistants that we know of. As for who I would like to see get the job, I say Bill Cowher. Although, he is not leaving television.
@LDizzle interesting to hear, thanks ... Im leaning towards wanting a new guy ... ie a guy with no HC experience, although I can understand why people want a "name" guy.
Nolan has gone to the Falcons so you can rule him out!
With Moss as DC wouldn't the Packers need to approve that transaction seen he is under the "Assistant Head Coach" title so it technically wouldn't be a promotion?
There is a new inside track. Raiders reportedly have reached out to Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. I like him better than Moss as an HC candidate. If he gets the job, there is a possibility he would ask Moss to come along as DC. Although, Moss wouldn't be my first choice as a DC. I like Mike Nolan.
MacKenzie is definitely open to change. He interviewed the Donkeys OC and DC. Just for the record. I am opposed to anything with Donkey stank on it unless it imperils the DEN organization. As far as I'm concerned Alzado is the only thing we ever got from them that didn't go bad (like dead skunk in the sun bad) on us.
You guys need to get out of the mindset that McKenzie will have anything to do with the staff that the new head coach will bring in. That is your Al Davis mindset coming out. The coaching staff will be decided by the person who is hired as the head coach. If you want a connection there, Steve Wisniewski played with Winston Moss.
So you think Moss and Wiz would have been close enough to have had a the kind of link that would produce a job? Earlier I said I am not sure that their bond would be that strong due to being on different units and in opposing positions. The Raiders coaching staffs (hell, a lot of staffs) of those eras were notorius for ramping up tension between the squads and promoting fights. In almost every instance we hear players say "that's just not a thing" but I'm not always sure that was how it went. Do you have any evidence that these two bonded in a meaningful way on that LAR team?
@SnBsn69 I have no evidence of it and never thought to ask Wiz about it as it was not the time for that. I was simply stating the connection between the two.
@LDizzle I don't think that McKenzie will have anything to do with who the new HC hires. To me, it'd make sense for a rookie HC to surround himself with veteran coordinators as that would make his job easier. Or for a veteran HC to add some rookie assistants as he already has the experience and could afford to take a gamble on an up-and-coming coordinator.
To me, naturally, a HC will likely want to hire people that he has worked with in the past or has had some type of connection with.
Yeah the Giants could have just done us a huge favor. Now the Packers are knocked out McKenzie can start interviewing his Packers candidates for the HC position and hopefully the team can get the ball rolling on putting together it's coaching staff.
@JarrodRollins@Raidah@nilbymouth @JarrodRollins @Raidah @nilbymouth If we are going to stick with 4-3, then McClain has to be offloaded. Having watched the Divisional playoff games, it is SO obvious that he just doesnt have the required mobility. If we shift to 3-4 though, I could see him developing into a good player (gun habits notwithstanding)
feels like Xmas eve ... except this time Santa is taking unwanted things away, rather than bringing gifts ...
Really liking what the DL coach did got the Niners DL. They were all over Brees non-stop. Would like to get him for DL coach.
I think it is likely for the Dolphins to hire Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, who I believe is a 4-3 coach. As far as I know, his only experience with the 3-4 was with the Cowboys when Parcells was HC and wanted to make the switch. If the Dolphines do hire Zimmer, I do not see and of the 3-4 staff being kept. Also, it might make it harder for them to re-sign Soliai as a result.
Could we re-sign some of the ones we want to keep and if the new HC doesn't like them,. let them go?
Also, I think that if we could hire Nolan at DC and he brings DL coach Kacy Rodgers with him, that might make it easier to sign Paul Soliai as he'd technically still be in the same system, just with a different team and teammates.
I think it would be possible but then we might be hooked on their salaries also if they are not re-signed by someone else. Not 100% sure on that though.
I am hoping some of these ex Raider players are retained as coaches. Especially Wisniewski and Woodson. Fassel is a quality ST coach to so hopefully he is kept and Saunders would help give this team some continuity on the Offense if he is kept. If the team stays as a 4-3 then hopefully Waufle can be kept also but I have a feeling the defense will be a 3-4 next season.
If the new HC is a Packers guy (Moss and Capers seem to be the top two) then some of these guys may be kept on as the Packers won't allow all their coaching assistants to be poached I don't think.
Also this team needs Romo! Have him as a Linebackers Assistant or something. He would probably come dirt cheap too.
I read a line the other day that went " ...watch as the Raiders magically change right before your eyes..." So what we know is Big Mac is a Raider. We might like to think that he is tied to the "Raider way" hiring former Raiders (we saw him acknowledge other former Raiders in his press conference). However, we heard he also says it is time for change. So presumably we will see new "first time Raiders" from other teams on his new staff. And, some Raiders are more Raider than others. Wiz and Big Mac did not play together in LA. They were a year apart. Sooo...we'll see. I am still not speculating on player acquisitions. This coaching thing has to work itself out before we actually "know" enough to guess. I suspect that the fact Moss and Wiz played together in the nineties could work in Wiz's favor. However, LBs didn't normally develop close bonds with OL guy in that era. They were most likely team mates as opposed to buddies. Hard to say. I ahve always liked the idea that my heroes became coaches with the same team they played for. That is a cool Raiders tradition I would like to see go on. But I guess if we are set on progress and improvement, no tradition should be sacred. And the tradition was never "Raiders only."
@SnBsn69 I'm the same way, I always wanted Howie Long to come back to the Raiders, as well as Tim Brown and I always though Gannon would be an excellent coach.
@nilbymouth Think we could jack DL coach Mike Trgovac from GB? lol.
If we do hire Moss as HC, I would like to get Nolan as DC as would we'd likely get blocked from interviewing Capers for DC. Or maybe try and get Clarence Brooks from the ravens as DL Coach or maybe DL coach Jim Tomsula from the Niners. If Nolan could be hired as DC, he might bring Dolphines DL coach Kacy Rodgers with him, as well as Bryan Cox, their pass rush coach.
@nilbymouth Too bad we won't try and go after Dick LeBeau. I think with a younger defense, he'll be even better than the aging defense he has now.
@nilbymouth Yeah, Willis is nothing more than a pipe dream. lol. Grant would be a cheap addition. I think Hawk is a free agent as well. I don't think he'd be expensive as he has under-performed for where he was drafted, imo. I think that if a rookie HC is picked up then he'll get veteran coordinators. If we hire a HC with some experience, then I can see us getting a rookie coordinator or two.
Willis would be amazing but that is a pipe dream! Getting his back up Larry Grant could be an option though and I would say he would be a pretty cheap option also.
@nilbymouth That is for certain. After the way the Niner's DLine harassed Brees today, I wouldn't mind jacking their DLine coach. The Saint's OLine just could not stop the Niners three man rush. I don't think they blitzed a whole either. They got so much pressure from their front three that they were able to drop seven in coverage almost every play. Would love to trade for Patrick Willis. lol
I couldn't see him leaving the Steelers. I think there wll be a mix of coaches from different teams. Packers just won't let us take all their assistants away
@RaiderDoc Sorry, but the Niners was in a battle with the Saints and came out on top. :( Good news? Tebow got slapped around like a rag doll. It was a great game. lol. Now I just hope that the winner of Texans and Ravens clean Brady's clock.....