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Cable completes coaching staff

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.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • Mistabrown

    Dakota nice job couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Post of the Month!

    Rack him Jerry..
    Dakota Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 8:03 am
    Oakglenn,

    Do you think anyone here values the opinion of a guy who trolls as MaddenRaider and who thought the Giants only blitzed a couple of times in the SB and that Tampa had a young SB team and that Warren and Sands are highly graded in NFL circles? lmfao

    Get a life.

  • LAto theBay

    Mistabrown Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:12 am
    I thought AL said that the perspective HC candidates had to round up a staff during the hiring process and thats what landed Cable the job ?

    Oh well..

    “But Wednesday night, after UW’s letter-of-intent signing banquet, Michalczik received a call from Tom Cable, who had just been named Raiders head coach”
    ==================================
    my guess is that his first choice would be Dalman, and if he couldn’t get him, we’d go without OL coach (Cable doing double duty), and OC (Tollner with the assist and Cable pulling triple duty).

    Or maybe Al was just bullsh:ttin’

  • http://raiders Oakglenn

    # Mistabrown Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Dakota nice job couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Post of the Month!

    Rack him Jerry..
    Dakota Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 8:03 am
    Oakglenn,

    Do you think anyone here values the opinion of a guy who trolls as MaddenRaider and who thought the Giants only blitzed a couple of times in the SB and that Tampa had a young SB team and that Warren and Sands are highly graded in NFL circles? lmfao

    Get a life.
    —————————————–
    You are a moron. A grade A moron. You have just misquoted me, you lie, you don’t have an IQ that even rodents have, you’re a complete scumbag, AND you;’re fat. Why would I care what you think?

  • Chris in NY

    I don’t think Henderson is powerful enough as a run-blocker to move to RT. He’s better at pass-blocking and therefore better suited for LT. He played good but you do have to worry about him a little. Unless the Raiders can fit Jordan Gross into their budget, they should just leave Henderson at LT. If the Raiders do bring back Kwame for much less $$, it should only be as RG, not RT. The guy is a terrible liability as a pass-blocker but a good run-blocker. He might be able to fill that position nicely.

    Round 1
    – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri (I also like Crabtree and Curry, who will likely be gone, and Maualuga, but I think Brinkley in Round 4 is a good value so I’ll pass).

    Round 2
    – Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma

    Round 3
    – Best center available, if there’s one worth taking here.

    Round 4
    – Jasper Brinkley, MLB, South Carolina

    Round 5
    – No Pick

    Round 6
    – Trade it for Mike Vick

    Round 7
    – Best available space-clogging DT or run-blocking TE.

    FREE AGENCY:
    – Re-sign Nnamdi
    – Re-sign Lechler
    – Re-sign Chris Johnson
    – Re-sign Jon Alston (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Justin Miller (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Rashad Baker
    – Re-sign Ekejuba (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Sam Williams (special teams/backup)

    – Sign Grady Jackson
    – And 1 or more of the following bigger ticket FAs, if they can afford it
    CETNERS
    – Matt Birk, Vikings
    – Jason Brown, Ravens

    MLB
    – Ray Lewis, Ravens
    – Channing Crowder, Dolphins
    – Mike Peterson, Jaguars

    OT
    – Jordan Gross, Panthers
    – Mark Tauscher, Packers

    DL
    – Julius Peppers, Panthers
    – Albert Haynesworth, Titans

  • darkknight01

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am
    We need younger DE’s, DT’s, and more talent at SOLB and FS. The other wildcard is that our offense will retain continuity with the coaching staff, but the defense has a new coordinator.

    ***
    BBB -
    I’m glad Ryan is gone. That guy and his staff accomplished NOTHING here. I’m glad we got Marshall, an experienced DC. At least the staff on D has continuity amongst themselves. They should work well together. DL Coach, LB Coach and DC are all from Seattle. I think Davis wanted Martindale, but Cable wanted Marshall. Cable got his man, as stated in the presser. I think our secondary will be better with more pressure from the D-Line & LB’s. I also think the run defense will be better with new schemes. It’ll be interesting though to see what happens to situational pass rushers like Burgess, Edwards & Scott in a Marshall defense. I expect J-Rich to keep his job, since he’s our only DE stout vs the run. Maybe Gunheim figures in someplace, but I doubt we keep 5 DE’s on the roster…

    ^^^If we go defense it should be Maualuga or Everette Brown….maybe even Raji.

    In a Marshall defense….Maualuga can be his new Lofa Tatupu, another USC stud MLB.

  • Richard Bentley

    Somebody explain to me how the offense is going to be run. Tollner is the “passing coordinator”. Does this mean Cable calls the runs while Tollner calls the pass plays?? That doesn’t make sense. Or is Tollner the guy who sets the schemes and lets Cable call all the plays?

  • NCRaiderFan

    Pathetic Writing. To suggest that anything that happened with our coaching staff is somehow a “delicious twist” is lame. We have the worst staff in the league from the top down. ECK

  • Demon Raider

    Chris in NY Says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:52 am
    I don’t think Henderson is powerful enough as a run-blocker to move to RT. He’s better at pass-blocking and therefore better suited for LT. He played good but you do have to worry about him a little. Unless the Raiders can fit Jordan Gross into their budget, they should just leave Henderson at LT. If the Raiders do bring back Kwame for much less $$, it should only be as RG, not RT. The guy is a terrible liability as a pass-blocker but a good run-blocker. He might be able to fill that position nicely.

    Round 1
    – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri (I also like Crabtree and Curry, who will likely be gone, and Maualuga, but I think Brinkley in Round 4 is a good value so I’ll pass).

    Round 2
    – Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma

    Round 3
    – Best center available, if there’s one worth taking here.

    Round 4
    – Jasper Brinkley, MLB, South Carolina

    Round 5
    – No Pick

    Round 6
    – Trade it for Mike Vick

    Round 7
    – Best available space-clogging DT or run-blocking TE.

    FREE AGENCY:
    – Re-sign Nnamdi
    – Re-sign Lechler
    – Re-sign Chris Johnson
    – Re-sign Jon Alston (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Justin Miller (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Rashad Baker
    – Re-sign Ekejuba (special teams/backup)
    – Re-sign Sam Williams (special teams/backup)

    – Sign Grady Jackson
    – And 1 or more of the following bigger ticket FAs, if they can afford it
    CETNERS
    – Matt Birk, Vikings
    – Jason Brown, Ravens

    MLB
    – Ray Lewis, Ravens
    – Channing Crowder, Dolphins
    – Mike Peterson, Jaguars

    OT
    – Jordan Gross, Panthers
    – Mark Tauscher, Packers

    DL
    – Julius Peppers, Panthers
    – Albert Haynesworth, Titans

    ——————————————–

    I like what you said for the most part, but I doubt that is how it’d go and there are several players that will likely be available that I think would be a better fit for the Raiders.

    Maclin has the potential to be a stand out WR, but I think that #7 is too much of a reach for him here. I can really see defense being the pick here cuz our defense needs more help than our offense does. This pick will likely come down to one of 3 guys; LB Aaron Curry, DE Brian Orakpo, and DT BJ Raji.

    The second pick I feel could could one of several ways, depending upon who was drafted with the 7th overall pick. I like OT Kropog here, more than Loadholt. C’s Alex Mack or Max Unger are possible. Mack is the more dominating C of the two, but Unger is the more versatile, as he is also able to play both tackle spots. DT Ziggy Hood and NT Ron Brace could get the call if Oakland doesn’t take Raji with the first pick. WR’s Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyward-Bey could be the pick if Al or Cable feel like they not to get a WR here if they are available.

    The third round pick could be C Jonathon Luigs if a C wasn’t taken in the 2nd round. NT Brace is said to possibly fall into the 3rd round. OG Herman Johnson could be a good pick if he’s available as he is a montrous OG at 6’7 370.

    The 4th round is reserved for MLB Jasper Brinkley. I like the idea of having Morrison play as the SAM. I think he is better suited for that.

    The 6th round is reserved for my TE Bear Pascoe. He will be able to get some of the heat from coverage off of Miller and he’ll be a great fit cuz he is a very good blocking TE in addition to his receving ability.

    I really just see the 7th round as being a pick to shore up either the DL or the OL.

    I agree that Oakland needs to sign all or most of it FA’s. But there are only going to be a limited number FA’s that Oakland will be able to sign and most of the ones you mentioned are gonna be out of our price range. Gross will command a lot of monay. Tauscher is a very real possibility as he is a very solid OT and he will provide great verteran leadership to the younger OL on the team. Khalif Barnes could be signed as he will likely be cheaper than Tauscher. DT Haynesworth will become the highest DT in NFL history. And DE Peppers has stated that he only wants to sign with a team that runs a base 3-4 defense and will also command a ton of money. There is a very real possibility that DT Rocky Bernard will want to follow his forme coaches from Seattle to the Bay. He would be an instant upgrade over all of our current DT’s on roster. Housh will be expensive as well and I think that Bryant will likely just be a one season wonder.

  • Brien is da Realest

    Grove n Farglass wouldnt start on any otherd team in the NFL. Its laughable people can they are good

  • http://none LMN’s Mother

    Leave my boy alone. He’s fragile.

  • NCRaiderFan

    I like how the guy in post 409 gave it some thought, bless his heart, too bad al will just throw darts.

  • Dakota

    test

  • Just sell Baby……..

    *****Welcome to The Faider Comedy central Network******

    *********Al Bundys Commitment to Excellence***********

    HIRE A COACH WITH A COMBINED WIN LOSS RECORD OF 11W & 48L WHILE AT IDAHO AND THE FAIDERS………..

    CABLE NEVER WAS A WINNER, NEVER HAD A WINNING ATTITUDE, WILL NEVER BECOME A WINNER.

    NEVER IN SO MANY YEARS, HAS THE FAIDERS BEEN LOADED WITH SO MUCH TALLENT, ONLY TO LOOSE AGAIN AND AGAIN. JUST GOES TO SHOW WHEN YOU HAVE A OWNER SUCH AS AL BUNDY DAVIS, AND HIS DYSFUNCTIONAL FRONT OFFICE, TO ALLOW THE FAIDERS TO BE THE LAUGHING-STOCK OF THE NFL………….

  • frank

    well let’s hope cable can call a good offense..there were alot of good o. coordinaters out there…get some wide recievers!!!

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