Raiders hire Dickenson as assistant to John Fassel


The Raiders hired Craig Dickenson to replace Aaron Pelch as the assistant special teams coordinator. He will work under special teams coordinator John Fassel.

The Raiders have not announced the hiring, and Dickenson is not listed on the coaching roster on the team’s website. However, Dickenson said in an interview with the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune that he was hired in April.

It doesn’t make sense why the Raiders wouldn’t announce Dickenson’s hiring. Then again, this isn’t the first time they have ignored protocol and waited for the news to leak out through unconventional terms.

Dickenson spent the past eight years working with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. He intended to take this year off. However, that changed once he received a call from Fassel in March.

“I had met John two years ago at the Senior Bowl in Alabama, and we stayed in touch a little bit,” Dickenson said in the interview with the Great Falls Tribune. “We’re kind of similar in our interests. He’s an outdoorsy guy who likes to bike and run triathlons. I like that stuff, too. He called me in late March and said they were going to hire a second special-teams coach. I interviewed with him and got the job in April.”

Dickenson, 38, also has coached with the San Diego Chargers and several other colleges.
“I never expected to be back in the NFL this soon,” Dickenson said. “In fact, I planned to take a year away from coaching and reconnect with family and friends. My dad just turned 70 and I wanted to hang out with him.”

Dickenson is a rarity in that he was hired by Raiders coach Tom Cable despite not having previous ties with the third-year coach.

“I’ve got to hand it to John Fassel and Cable for thinking outside the box. Not many guys would hire a guy they never worked with before,” Dickenson said. “It’s a small world, this coaching. This opportunity to coach in the NFL was probably too good to pass up.”


Steve Corkran

  • fat kidd

    Twenty teams see Harvey Unga work out
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 8, 2010 3:00 PM ET
    Former BYU running back Harvey Unga, the all-time rushing leader in school history, worked out today in advance of next week’s supplemental draft.

    We’re told that 20 teams attended the session in Utah, and that six who didn’t attend requested the video.

    Whether attendance and/or interest translates into the investment of a 2011 draft pick prematurely remains to be seen.

    Unga measured in at 6.011 feet, and he weighed 244 pounds. He showed a 35-inch vertical, and a nine-foot, six-inch broad jump. He benched-pressed 225 pounds 19 times, and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds. He ran the short shuttle in 4.49 second, with a 1.64-second 10-yard split.

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Unga suffered a sprained ankle two weeks ago. Also, his son, Jackson, was born Sunday in Chicago.

    Teams likely won’t be interested in factoring in those real-world complications when the supplemental draft will be conducted on July 15. If the ankle and/or the baby affected his preparation, it means that someone likely will get Unga at a level lower than what his abilities would suggest.

    Either way, his game films likely carry far-more weight than his performance in the Underwear Olympics, One-Man Summer Edition.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Rumors say Pat Riley used clips of Magic, Worthy, Kareem and co. to convince Lebron that not only can he co-exist with two other stars, but that he can also….

    ….play point guard.

    This might be fun to watch!

  • Nnamdi21

    The Real MaddcnRaider Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    Powder blues for life, whose comin with me!!! We’ll never win in San Diego again guys just admit it. i.e. Our record since the last superbowl in …. San diego. Screw the silver and bleek



  • RaiderRockstar

    fatty: do you think the Raiders should waste a draft pick (next year) on another running back next week ???

    Harvey Unga would get how many carries as a rookie in Oakland? 32, 48?

    we’re already missing a 1st rounder (Seymour). I’d hate to spend a 3rd round on yet another skill position guy …

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Dakota, hard work clearly raises your horsesh!t levels…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    Dakota, hard work clearly raises your horsesh!t levels…

    Lol, actually only one of those stories is untrue…the Pat Riley stuff is true.

  • Nnamdi21

    I wonder about Twitter. Not a fan myself but the supposed Ekejuiba ditching seems outa left field…

    The dude signed the highest contract in history not so long ago and now he’s toast?

    Hmm…have to see how this shakes out if its even true…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Mike Miller too? WTF?

    “With the Heat planning to add sharpshooter Mike Miller to their potential Dream Team of Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Miami would slide Miller’s salary — in the $5 million range — into Beasley’s space under the cap. By that math, the Heat would only have room for three full-max players if each one agreed to take abotuu $1 million less than the $16.57 million available under the collective bargaining agreement.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    444 years ago Michel de Nostredame “Nostradamus” prophesied on his deathbed that in the year 1987 on the 27th of August that a child would be born. He would don the number twenty and lead a nation wearing the colors silver and black. He would join forces with the silver and black in the year 2008 on the twenty sixth of April and in three years time destroy all who opposed him and his legion of doom

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk. later gents …

    Go Team LeBron!

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Apple has announced the release of the new LeBron iphone next week.

    It will only vibrate because like LeBron, it has no rings….ba da bing….

  • priesttj

    Eventhough I’m anxious to see this team in Miami I would still take the Lakers in a 7 game series unless Miami has homecourt advantage. I have to admit it might be the greatest series in NBA history. If Bynum Gasol and Odom are healthy with a few additions that is truely a great team. Steve Blake gives them a true distributing PG who can score the ball. Artest would be that much better next year. Gasol’s game is at the level where he is going to start being compared to the great centers in the history of this league. And Bynum can be flat out dominant when he’s on. Blake is a crtical piece due to his court sense. But they have to get and stay healthy.

  • fat kidd

    new post!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://None The Real MaddcnRaider

    I’m tired of being a raiders fan

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