This post is done by Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran. I am filling in for full-time Raiders blogger Jerry McDonald on an interim basis.
The Raiders moved closer to readiness for the 2009 season by hiring former Cal coach Jim Michalczik on Monday to be their offensive line coach.
Michalczik agreed in December to join new University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Family concerns prompted Michalczik to spurn Sarkisian’s offer and remain in the Bay Area. He was slated to be Washington’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
“This hire completes our 2009 coaching staff, with the exception, perhaps, of a quality control position or two,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said.
Michalczik coached at Cal the past seven seasons. Last season, he was the assistant head coach to Jeff Tedford, as well as the team’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Raiders coach Tom Cable coached the offensive line the past two seasons. However, he was forced to broaden his responsibilities once he replaced fired coach Lane Kiffin on Sept. 30.
Cable still helped with the offensive line, though assistant James Cregg assumed a heightened role. He also took over offensive play-calling duties from then-offensive coordinator Greg Knapp for the final eight games.
The delicious twist in this hiring is that the Raiders lured away Michalczik — he never signed a contract with Washington — from the person who turned down an offer to be their head coach in 2007.
Sarkisian interviewed with managing general partner Al Davis over a two-day period in January of 2007 and even brought in Kiffin for an interview with Davis as his prospective offensive coordinator.
Sarkisian rebuffed the Raiders, and Davis settled upon Kiffin. We all know how that turned out.
Kiffin was fired after only 20 games “for cause,” and Cable rose to prominence within the organization.
Cable has hired six new coaches since the end of the 2008 season. Five returning coaches accepted jobs at different positions. He said he intends to call the offensive plays this season.