Five coaches removed from roster


The following assistant coaches were removed from the Raiders’ coaching roster on the club Web site after being there earlier this morning:

Linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner, quartebacks coach Paul Hackett, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik and assistant line coach Chris Morgan.

Al Saunders was added to the roster as offensive coordinator Monday.

Two names who have surfaced with regard to Oakland’s search for a defensive coordinator _ former Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and Jacksonville defensive line coach Joe Cullen.

Bresnahan, most recently the defensive coordinator of the Florida Tuskers of the UFL, was was the Raiders defensive coordinator in the division title seasons from 2000 through 2002. He worked as Cincinnati defensive coordinator when Hue Jackson coached Bengals wide receivers. A source said Jackson has spoken with Bresnahan, although it’s not known how serious the level of interest is on either side.

According to the Twitter account of Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, “Joe Cullen to interview for Raiders DC job in the coming weeks.” Cullen has been a defensive line coach both in college and the NFL.

Note: Appears to be a rogue LaCanfora tweeter on the horizon. It crossed my Tweet deck this afternoon. My fault for picking it up somewhere other than his direct Twitter site.

Coaches who served under Tom Cable who are still listed include Greg Biekert (assistant coach on defense), Willie Brown (squad development), John Fassel (special teams coordinator), Adam Henry (tight ends), Sanjay Lal (wide receivers), Brad Roll (strength and conditioning), Kevin Ross (assistant coach), Kelly Skipper (running backs), Lionel Washington and Mike Waufle (defensive line).


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Not to mention, all NFL games featuring drafted vs. non drafted QBs. Bet you it’s overwhelmingly in the drafted QB’s favor. Almost every statistic imaginable supports the theory that if a franchise QB is available in the draft, and you don’t already have a great QB, you take him, without question.

  • According to you:
    Last 30 SBs winners:
    19 drafted QBs
    11 were not drafed by the teams they won with it.

  • priesttj

    Frave wasn’t drafted, Steve Young wasn’t drafted, Johnnie Untitas wasn’t drafted. Stabler drafted Plunkett not. Mark Ripien wasn’t drafted, Doug Williams wasn’t drafted, The diference is the darfted QB’s normally won several SB’s like Montana, Bradshaw, Brady and Elway. That’s true with Big Ben as well.

    There are way too many examples where FA’s or traded QB’s came and won SB’s.

  • priesttj

    Last years qb wasn’t drafted Drew Brees

  • Raider O, your point being? Seems like you’re making my point. You have a much better chance of winning the Super Bowl with a drafted QB than an undrafted one. A 2/3 chance, per the numbers YOU just posted. Thanks for the support. I’ll never need to hire a stat boy with you around.

  • priest, with all due respect, both points in your previous 2 comments were already accounted for.

  • BoJacks

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Is joe cullen the coach that got busted in detroit for dui and going through a wendy’s drive through naked?

    I can’t believe it took that long for someone to remember.

    Yet another coach that was one everyone’s hot list

  • priest and Raider O, I’m sorry, but anecdotal evidence doesn’t beat empirical data. It’s like the “my brother’s roommate’s best friend’s cousin was there and saw it!”. Just doesn’t fly.

  • Statistics say that the Raiders would be better off taking the best QB available on the board and grooming him for the starting job in 3 years, or less, if necessary, than making Campbell the long term answer. No matter who that QB is or where he went to school.

  • SnB Production

    Bottom line is teams RARELY dump good QBs. Very rare. If a QB is available for relatively cheap its usually because there is something very wrong with his game or he’s old.

    That being said anything is possible in this league.

    But the best way to get a true franchise QB and take advantage of his prime years for 8 to 10 years or more is to draft and develop him.

    the Raiders have been downright awful developing QBs. And its this and the coaching turnover that has put the team in the hole.

    Hopefully JC can be the guy.

    I wouldn’t waste time with Palmer or VY. What’s the point in swapping out discarded QBs. At some point these receivers need to develop SOMETHING resembling timing with a QB

  • Reason:
    Teams normally don’t trade great QBs, and they don’t let them become FAs.

  • priesttj

    I’d like you geniuses to name one team that’s great at drafting great QB’s at the most any of them have only had 2 over a 40 year period. Pitt 2, dallas 2 Niners 1, Raiders 1, great QB don’t grow on trees kiddies.

  • Being able to develop QB talent is definitely an advantage for teams that are good year in and year out. Like Pittsburgh.

  • priest, what team wins super bowls habitually with undrafted QBs (in recent memory)? I’m assuming by “great” you mean winning Super Bowls, btw.

  • priesttj

    Colts only had Manning, Unitas was a FA. Green Bay 1 Rodgers, Starr was trade and so was Farve. Rams 0, NY Giants 2, Minn 1, Saints 1 ManningSR,

    They don’t grow on trees!

  • The only point I made regarding drafted vs. undrafted QBs is that you have a MUCH HIGHER chance of winning a SB with a drafted, homegrown QB, and I’ve backed that point up extensively, with some help from Raider O. LOL. Thanks again, ol pal.

  • priesttj

    Sorry Raider O I wasn’t demeaning you.

  • Priest, do NFL teams have a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with a QB acquired from another team, or a homegrown QB?

  • Unitas was a FA.
    So friggin what, he went undrafted. He was developed by Baltimore, as a undrafted FA

    What’s your point?

  • SnB Production


    No they don’t grow on trees. But if you want a team that can stay on top for 10 years or more….usually you will need a QB that is in his prime for 10 years.

    Teams like the Vikings, Raiders, Cardinals were given a temporary reprieve from plodding with free agent pickups only to plunge back into the depths of terrible once the past the prime former QB star expired after 2 seasons.

    Again, anything is possible. But the best way is to draft and develop your own QBs.

  • Kell, his point is that drafting QBs is stupid and doesn’t work, and it was refuted before he even entered the conversation.

  • SnB, just point to the stats. Much better chance of winning a SB with a drafted, homegrown QB than with one acquired otherwise.

  • SnB Production

    You increase your chances of getting Super Bowl titles by having longer stretches of winning competitive football.

    Problem with the vikings, raiders and cardinals is that they were only able to muster 1 or 2 years of winning competitive football.

    A good QB for several years is a prerequisite for having a long-term competitive team.

  • confucius400

    “We’re not losers anymore

  • That is beside my point, SnB. My point is that a team has a much better, read, much better chance of winning a Super Bowl with a drafted, homegrown QB than with an undrafted QB, either traded for, or acquired as FA or walk on. FACT. Indisputable.

  • BHP,

    It’s all good bro.

    My point is simple:
    More teams won SBs with QBs they drafted because good QBs (normally) don’t get trader or let go (become FAs).

    Very Simple!

  • priesttj

    I agree Raider O very simple…but anyway you can get ’em get ’em. Rams never turned down the SB’s because Theirs ws tarded for. Roman Gabriel was drafted by the Raiders and he was awesome.

  • Players the Raiders observed today at Sr. Bowl


    Allen Bailey
    Roy Helu Jr
    Joe Lefeged
    Kendric Burney
    Casey Matthews

  • priesttj

    Who the hell cares how you got ’em is my point. Just get’em…

  • Later Nation.

  • Much better chance of winning a SB with a drafted QB, that’s my point, backed extensively with facts. So, I do care how we get ’em. It’s clearly better to get ’em in the draft, and that’s an indisputable fact.

  • priesttj

    If I won 3 SB’s with a guy I traded for I couldn’t care less they still count is my point……….period

  • Anecdotal, priest.

    Bottom line, a team has a MUCH BETTER CHANCE winning a Super Bowl with a drafted, home grown QB than otherwise. Fact. Indisputable. No way around it. You can distract from it, but you can’t dispute it.

  • RaiderRetribution

    there have only been 28 QBs that have won a Super Bowl.
    Of those ten have won at least 2;
    of those 4four have won at least 3;
    of those two have won 4.


    KoolKell Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    Bresnahan, most recently the defensive coordinator of the Florida Tuskers of the UFL,
    Perfect fit. No other NFL options. Now Davis can low-ball him. Ooooooh.


    No doubt.
    The perfect fit for Al is a DC who follows Al’s vintage game plan circa 1970.
    Any deviationfore-blitzing, zone, etc-and the only thing you’re going to see is the exit.


    * Any deviation-blitzing, zone, etc-and the only thing you’re going to see is the exit.


    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    Hey an old blast from the past. Sanjay Lal calls Al “Coach Davis” as well. No wonder he is still around.


    There had to be some reason other than coaching.


    It used to be that even if you lived in the Bay Area you couldn’t buy a ticket to a Raider game.

    If you wanted to buy season tickets they put your name on a “list” but basically you had to inherit them from a relative.

    Now the mighty, arrogant,dominat, swaggering Raiders have 22,000 season ticket holders.

    Gee, I wonder why.

  • raidertbone

    228.confucius400 Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    “We’re not losers anymore


    Because we’re not playing anymore …
    Way to go, Nostrodamus Cable!

  • raidertbone

    When the draft comes, go O-line, D-line and hard-hitting, fast defensive backs. Time to turn our backs on the flash-and-dash approach and, instead, “build a bully”!!

  • raidertbone

    Hey Nation:
    On this date, thirty yeas ago, Raiders get their epic win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XV — and the hostages return home. Holla if you remember!

  • Just Fire Baby

    We do big things!!!

  • raidertbone


  • Just Fire Baby

    Reading the Senior Bowl practice notes, gets me hyped for the draft.

    Didn’t watch anywhere near the college football I usually do, so I have some catching up to do.

  • Good Morning Raider Nation!

  • Vegas, when is the Senior Bowl game?? Sat.??

  • Just Fire Baby

    I believe it is Saturday evening.

    The practices are being shown on NFLN throughout the week, if you want to get real nerdy about it, lol.

  • # Raider75 Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Players the Raiders observed today at Sr. Bowl


    Allen Bailey
    Roy Helu Jr
    Joe Lefeged
    Kendric Burney
    Casey Matthews

    Interesting….a 3-4 DE, a running back to replace Bush, two DB’s and an inside LB for the 3-4.

  • raidertbone

    171.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    The Jazz started off in New Orleans, didn’t they? Being in Utah they should change their names to the Utah Recovering Porn Addicts.


    I think the “Salt lake City Polygamists” would be a better (and tighter) fit!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think we will have to look hard at some RB’s in the 4th-7th round range as a plan B in case Bush jets out of town.