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Wisniewski joins coaching staff

The Raiders announced on their Twitter account that former Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski has joined the coaching staff as an assistant offensive line coach.

Wisniewski was on the staff of former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh last year as a strength and conditioning coach.

How seriously do the Raiders take their legacy?

They announced Wisniewski as offensive line coach on their Twitter account and even had quotes.

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders was merely added to the coaching roster on the team Web site with no announcement.

Wisniewski replaces Chris Morgan, who was the offensive line assistant to line coach Jim Michalczik last season. Michalczik is returning to coach at Cal and Morgan was not retained.

In other news, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has pulled out of the Pro Bowl and will be replaced by Champ Bailey. Asomugha, though, at least got a trip to Honolulu out of it. He was with the AFC team Wednesday.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Perry has bounced between 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Getting him also does not = a transition to 3-4 necessarily.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think JaMarcus Russell debacle scared Al Davis off any potential QB prospects in the first 3 rounds …

    it’s the Jason Campbell show in Oakland 2011.

    Just to prove we’re serious, here’s Hue Jackson & Al Saunders and we might even throw in a Jim Zorn & Mark Brunell to boot

    Campbell’s RB’s, FB, WR’s & TE’s will be much the same. Same playbook & play caller for once in his life

    the only MAJOR differences will be O-Line and no more cake schedule

    the Raiders seldom ever plan ahead. They don’t have a GM like New England, Philly, Indy or Baltimore

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Just say no to Jeff Fisher as DC. He will be to in demand and will leave very quickly.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Why did Nnamdi drop out of the pro bowl?

    Anyone?
    Anyone?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota,

    Darren Perry may be a candidate for the Raiders DC job. Coached DB’s in Oakland 2007 & 2008, where Asomugha made his first 2 Pro Bowls

    Darren Perry spent 4 of his first 5 years coaching (2002 Cincy & 2004-2006 Pittsburgh) under Dick LeBeau … the past 2 years under Dom Capers

    the only 2 years he didn’t work on a 3-4 Defense, he worked for a 3-4 DC in Rob Ryan!

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Dakota, #21 got hurt during practice!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota,

    you’re right about Winston Moss.

    He didn’t work with a 3-4 Defense until Dom Capers came to Green Bay 2 years ago.

    Seattle & New Orleans from 1998-2005 didn’t run a 3-4 and neither did GB 2006-2008

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Like I said, he has worked with both systems. Fact.

  • LA to TheBay

    Jackson: Hey, Ted, how are you? Hue Jackson.

    Thompson: Great, getting ready for the big game!

    Jackson: Yeah, good luck to you. Great news for the Packers organization. Admire the way you’ve built it up.

    Thompson: If you say so, but, man am I a fan of you!

    Jackson: Oh yeah?

    Thompson: Heck yeah, I can’t believe I got you on my line, what can I do for ya? You want tickets? Maybe you could come in and rub elbows with the team?

    Jackson: Well, I don’t know that that would be appropria–

    Thompson: Say, I thought you were Australian?

    Jackson: Uh, I’m from South Central, Ted.

    Thompson: Of course! You Hollywood types are so good with accents.

    Jackson: Hollywood– Ted, I was calling about getting Winston Moss over here for an interview.

    Thompson: Winston Moss?

    Jackson: Yeah, to interview for defensive coordinator.

    Thompson: Wait, what– what does Hugh Jackman want with Winston Moss?

    Jackson: Ted, this is Hue Jackson…. of the Oakland Raiders?

    Click.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ray,

    Nnamdi broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot…

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    307.r8eray Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:47 am
    Dakota, #21 got hurt during practice!
    +++++++

    How bad?

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    311.RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:51 am
    ray,

    Nnamdi broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot…

    _________

    lol, that would make it easier to re-sign him!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    I think they look at some very late-round QB prospects. This is not an area of extreme need AND they dont want to put any added pressure on Campbell, just a guy who can develop as the 3rd stringer. I have a hunch they will try and find a guy that is quite a bit taller than Gradkowski. Hue seems to like the tall O-line with a tall Qb who can see over it.

  • buckeyeraider

    Dakota,
    Still haven’t heard an official explanation. I think somebody on here speculated he tweeked an ankle.

    Besides, nobody wants to actually play in the game. It’s an honor to be voted in and acknowledged by your peers. that and the trip to hawaii. lol.

    He was there in Hawaii, btw. That Paul Gutierez guy from CSNBay area drew the tough assignment of interviewing him poolside.

    Do you think Adrian Peterson ever sits there poolside at the pro bowl and turns to the person next to him and says “You’re picturing me as a hot brunette in a slinky black bikini again, aren’t you?”

    If not, he probably should. Or not.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I am excited to see Champ and Nnamdi locking people down next year.

    fugg Routt and his burn factor.

  • hwnrdr

    But remember…Woodson was hurt his last year here and he was jettisoned to Green Bay and had a spectacular career turn around there…I hope Asomugha stays…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    A QB name to look at is Mike Hartline, QB Kentucky.
    He has the height (6’6″) with a career completion percentage of 61.2% and has started well over 27 games; for those that believe in the 26-27-60 rule of drafting QB’s.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Speculation in the last week or so is that the team is waiting on an assistant coach in the postseason. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com speculates that the man Andy Reid has his eye on must be Green Bay Packers defensive backs coach Darren Perry.

    Frank speculates that Reid avoided the coaches convention that is the Senior Bowl because he didn’t want to be overrun by the masses of unemployed coaches there looking for a job. Frank says as with most things the Eagles do, there is a plan.

    If the Eagles are targeting Perry, or another Packers assistant coach, consider that when the Chicago Bears were trying to fill their vacant offensive coordinator position last year, Mike McCarthy denied them permission to meet with quarterbacks coach Tom Clements. Maybe Reid and the Eagles will get a different response if they call. Clements has been credited for a lot of work with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and maybe the Packers didn’t want him going to help their division rival.

    -Brad Biggs (National Football Post)

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Wow…the Jets are gonna let Cromartie walk??

  • RaiderRockstar

    that would make it easier to re-sign him!

    ***

    yeah, #21 with a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his foot would “only” get $12 million per season

    Make it happen, AL!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Assistant coaches should all have a clause in their contracts that says in the event their team denies them permission to interview for a position that would be considered a promotion, then the team must pay said assistant the average salary of the position for which they were denied the ability to inview.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota,

    Agreed #322

    in most cases, an asst coach getting bumped to Coordinator would have their pay tripled at the very least … unless they came to Oakland :P

    Mike Singletary as LB Coach for Minnesota probably makes the same as Hue Jackson as HC in Oakland, LOL

  • buckeyeraider

    I may be way off base, but I said it before, it’s my gut feeling that Nnamdi is coming back. He could get blown away by an offer he couldn’t refuse. But, I don’t know if anybody is going to outbid Al for a cover corner’s services.

    Nnamdi went on his espn media tour last week or whenever, and seemed to take offense at everybody’s assumption that he would bolt Oakland as soon as possible.

    He has made it clear that returning is defenitely an option. He’s a Cal guy with deep roots in the community, who seems to take his civic responsibilities seriously.

    The Raiders seem to be improving. He can legitmately say that he’s been through the tough times and doesn’t want to bail on his teammates when they are ready to compete for the division.

    He can cash Al’s checks..hopefully in the 10-12 mil range..not 17. Al made it clear he wasn’t going to pay that, and look himself in the mirror and realize he made the right choice.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jeff Fisher to take the year off coaching

    Cromartie sucks …

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    SI.com’s Peter King suspects Larry Fitzgerald is going to “want out” of Arizona after his contract is up in 2012.
    King’s prognostication bolsters a shaky report by NESN.com that the Cardinals would be willing to consider dealing Fitz if the price is right. The franchise doesn’t have a strong history of committing its full resources to winning, and Fitz has already let it be known that he’s not happy about the QB situation. We wouldn’t bank on Fitzgerald being dealt unless a contender is willing to overpay in a draft pick/quarterback package.

  • LA to TheBay

    I had that same injury. Back on my feet in no time.

    Unfortunately, so did Chaz and we saw how that went.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Nnamdi will be back!
    Print that!
    Word!
    Oh snap!

  • LA to TheBay

    Jets gonna break the bank for Nnamdi

  • RaiderRockstar

    Titans confirm they still plan to trade or release Vince Young.

    -PFT

  • DeuceDeuce

    Morning Nation..

  • http://atm Raider O

    Al liked Roy more than Larry in that draft because larry lacked great speed (as I remember), and I don’t think we can afford him.

    We can’t have Seymour, Nnamdi, and Larry. That’s around $30m+ in salary for 3 players.

  • YoungAmerican

    # priesttj Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    YA A rookie is also unproven what makes you think te next rookie will outplay last years players? You can only throw so many drafts at one position. Let the guys we darfted last year develope. We need one WR who is a posession type because at this point we don’t have one that is reliable. We need a young propect to backup TK. I would love a truely great TE to go with Zack because when he went out we suffered. When Chaz was out we suffered. And when DMC wen down we suffered. If TK goes down we will be hurting bigtime.

    As much as people rip Gallery he’s steady and abetter than average OG. I want this defense as strong as possible when it gets late in the year. We were way too inconsistent.

    —————

    Yes, a rookie is indeed also unproven. All rookies are. Even the “possession receiver” and “truly great TE” you covet.

    The Raiders should draft all the players they can at a position of need. Because if, say, a 4th round pick who couldn’t get on the field last season ends up not being able to cut it as a starter (not exactly an unlikely scenario), then you have someone else to go to. Considering all the free agents on the inside of the line (Satele, Gallery, and Loper), the Raiders currently have two interior linemen on the roster, one of whom only suited up two or three times last season and never got meaningful playing time at RG.

    Al seems happy with the receiving corps, although I wouldn’t mind having a “possession receiver”. Best chance of that happening is Hue convincing Al to bring in Chad Johnson. And a TE to complement Miller would be nice as well, although I would prefer if they brought in a blocking TE because it seems like that’s the one thing the TEs currently on the roster have a problem with.

    As far as a DT goes, I’d rather get a young prospect to replace John Henderson, since TK, Seymour and Bryant are all similar players. Houston is also capable of playing inside. If anything, the Raiders need a DE who can back up Shaughnessy and fill in for Houston when he moves inside. The lack of depth at DE is far more concerning to me.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    326.r8eray Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    SI.com’s Peter King suspects Larry Fitzgerald is going to “want out” of Arizona after his contract is up in 2012.
    King’s prognostication bolsters a shaky report by NESN.com that the Cardinals would be willing to consider dealing Fitz if the price is right. The franchise doesn’t have a strong history of committing its full resources to winning, and Fitz has already let it be known that he’s not happy about the QB situation. We wouldn’t bank on Fitzgerald being dealt unless a contender is willing to overpay in a draft pick/quarterback package.
    _____________

    Sign and trade Gallery for Fitz? Why wouldn’t the Cards to that deal, I mean Gallery was the #2 overall pick!

  • http://www.nmchili.com gfm975

    Wow, did Jerry actually break this story, or did he get it off of own of the networks, or AP?

    Anyone else notice thta usually the only sports News this rag reports is the stuff handed to them on a silver platter by SI, ESPN, NFL Network, or Associated Press?

    Think about it… when was the last tiem Timmy Kawakami exposed a REAL story and not just gossip to his readers? Like for instance, why did Nnamdi Asomugha pull out of the Pro Bowl?

    Seriously wouldn’t Raider fans like to know the reason? Isn’t that why Timmy is paid the big bucks..?

    Yo Tim, what’s the answer… or are you too busy watching Justin Beiber videos to actually work for your money?

  • http://atm Raider O

    I wouldn’t trade for VY, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to sign him as a FA. I wouldn’t give him a lot money, and I will keep him on a short leash.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Sign and trade Gallery for Fitz? Why wouldn’t the Cards to that deal, I mean Gallery was the #2 overall pick!

    ++++++++

    LMAO!

    Quick, sign JaMarcus and include him in a package deal! A #1 and #2 overall pick!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    I don’t know that we need another TE to compliment Miller at this time. If by some miracle Kyle Rudolph fell to us, we should take him, but other than him the TE’s in this draft are so-so. We already have a great blocking TE in Khalif Barnes and a fantastic H-back mismatch in Marcel Reece, I think those two guys compliment Miller very well. We could use another all-around TE stud, but I don’t see anyone like that available to us in this particular draft.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Would rather countinue to build thruthe draft then give up a lot for Fitz..

    would love to have him tho..

  • DeuceDeuce

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am
    I don’t know that we need another TE to compliment Miller at this time. If by some miracle Kyle Rudolph fell to us, we should take him, but other than him the TE’s in this draft are so-so. We already have a great blocking TE in Khalif Barnes and a fantastic H-back mismatch in Marcel Reece, I think those two guys compliment Miller very well. We could use another all-around TE stud, but I don’t see anyone like that available to us in this particular draft.

    —-

    I like Myers…

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Right now, knowing we don’t have a first round pick, I just can’t get into draft talk.

    Al….never trade the first round pick again!

  • YoungAmerican

    Yeah, I don’t think getting another stud TE should be a priority, unless, as you said, Rudolph falls to the Raiders.

    A blocking TE in the sixth or seventh round couldn’t hurt, but the Raiders have a lot of other positions of need and Miller is going to get a sizable contract.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Dakota Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am
    Right now, knowing we don’t have a first round pick, I just can’t get into draft talk.

    Al….never trade the first round pick again!

    —-

    feels the same as the year we traded for Moss..

  • SilverNBlackPA

    There’s only 1 skill position I want to see the Raiders draft: possession receiver. We have plenty of vertical threats.

    The greatest Raiders receiver of all time is Fred Biletnikoff of whom Ken Stabler once said, “Hell, I could outrun him.”

    Biletnikoff had no speed, but he ran routes to utter perfection and caught absolutely everything thrown his way.

    Someone remind Al that Cliff Branch isn’t the only WR the Raiders have ever had.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    We had a great draft last year. If you think about it in terms of production and playing time, Houston and Veldheer could have been 1st RD picks, and Ford would have been an early 2nd IMO (also looking at those draft do overs.
    We also drafted McClain who I think will be a beast in this league.

    I’m glad we had a great draft last year since we don’t have a 1st this year, but I agree with you. We shouldn’t trade our 1st. We should have traded Moss maybe a 3rd for Seymour.
    Trading Moss for a 4th, and then trading a 1st for Seymour pi$$ed me off.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I think a lot of draftniks miss the point when I see them projecting a cornerback to the Raiders because of Nnamdi’s potential departure. No rookie corner who the Raiders could land is going to step into Nnamdi’s shoes immediately. Maybe Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara could, but they’re both top 10 picks.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a weakside linebacker drafted, but I get the feeling either Groves or Goethel will fill that position next season.

    Unless it’s a possession WR, I want the draft to be linemen, linemen and more linemen. Maybe a developmental QB like Greg McElroy in round 6.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    yeah it’s just not as fun, when all of the #1 prospects at every position are predicted to be taken before our first pick.

  • DutchRaider77

    @Dakota
    Anywhere in the back of your mind do you think it is a good thing the Raiders do not have a first round pick?

    I know we do not know what is going to happen with the CBA and the rookie salary issue, but could we take the money and get a couple of proven vets instead?

    We seem to be a pretty young team, would now be the time to add some older guys? A couple O-linemen, D-Takcle (NT) and/or a OLB?

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 9:48 am
    There’s only 1 skill position I want to see the Raiders draft: possession receiver. We have plenty of vertical threats.

    —————

    Tim Brownish type of player comes to mind.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Damn you BB
    Damn you Patssies!!
    Damn you Brady!
    Damn the Tuck rule!!
    Damn their trades!!!

    I hate them all!!!!!!!