Earlier this week it was reported that several of the Raiders' defensive coaching staff had been fired: defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, linebackers coach Greg Biekert, defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, and safeties coach Kevin Ross.
The Raiders have since denied the report and have not officially announced any firings. But additional sources, according to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, have revealed that the staff has been informed of their release but will not be let go until their contracts expire on January 15.
Most teams in the NFL fire their coaches and staff immediately following the season or shortly thereafter. But it is common for the Raiders keep their coaches on staff until it is time to renew their contracts and then simply not renew them.
So though these coaches are technically still employed by the Raiders, it can be assumed they are on their way out, in a "lame duck" capacity as it were.
The ousting of Chuck Bresnahan was to be expected. The other coaches were less expected with some being entirely unexpected. However, it does make sense to do a housecleaning of the defensive staff so that whomever the Raiders hire to replace Bresnahan as defensive coordinator can bring in his own people. The job is more attractive when the defensive coach feels he has the authority to choose his staff.
This would leave just two defensive coaches still on staff—defensive line coach Mike Waufle and assistant linebackers coach Ricky Hunley. Willie Brown would also still be on staff per the report and though he works with the defensive backs, he does not hold a specific defensive title. He is listed as simply "squad development."
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I'd pay a lot of money to call Chuck B on the phone and say: "Seven days..." Like in that movie "The ring" (since we're just seven days from seeing his dumb face for the last time in Oakland) lol. Speaking seriously, will Reggie McKenzie and Hue Jackson really get along well? Cause I really like Hue, but he's not gonna keep the power he wielded las season and he won't be happy about it. I wouldn't be that surprised if he just hits the road right after Chuck, and that would be likely to bother our new franchise QB... I'm just being paranoid here but, anyway, if there's gonna be some drama this year, I hope it to start soon, end soon and to be the las offseason drama in many years.
Haha! I also like Hue and his offensive mind. I think he'll be a better coach next year. I don't think Hue will mind having a month or so of power stripped, I mean where else is he gonna go and when will he get another shot at this position? I'm hoping he and the new GM will be on the same page. I'd like to see Winston Moss come in as DC and see what he can do. Actually, I'd like to see ANYONE come in as DC as long as its not Chuck or Rob Ryan.
@Raidah Yeah, I know what you mean, Hue's not getting another job where he can trade half of an already ousted draft to get a player. Anyway I think he might get a new job whithba lot more leverage than he will keep here at Oakland. And I'm thinking of Miami (if they actually can't land Jeff Fisher) and/or wherever his friend Eric de Costa could gobas a GM. I think everybody's best choice would be for Hue to not be a spoiled drama queen brat and get along with his new boss. But I still think some drama might happen soon
Bresnahan gone!!! Mckenzie In!!! Now all I need to here is we hired Jack Del Rio and I can get fully past the bitter taste left in my mouth last Sunday!!!!!
@DylanAlexander Supposedly, they are just hashing some things out, like how much control he will have, and that he will be hired whenever the packers playoff concludes.
I just broke out all the Black decorations from my 50th birthday and first divorce parties. Can't wait for 16 Jan 2011!
I can't tell you how badly I hope this is true. That said, I hope we hire a GM quick and put Hue in charge of coaching. I hope he gets some input on a DC he can work with but ultimately that has to be input, not decision making. That responsibility goes to the GM, the Owner and CEO.
I get wanting to allow a new GM to pick the D-coordinator and allow him to pick his staff, and though I agree with that process, I hope we keep Rod. I know that the secondary was the worst part of a horrible D, but it was his first year. I'm sure it's just because I like the guy, but I would be happy to hear we re-signed him. I am aware that it won't happen, great players don't always make great coaches.
@LeviDamien Your delving into murky waters my friend. I wouldn't put my credibility on the line until all this is sorted out