By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 12:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders announced the hiring of Bob Wylie as their offensive line coach Monday.
“Bob is a spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sargeant,” coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. “His vast knowlwedge and experience, including last year iwth a team in our division, will really helup us as we move forward in assembling a good offensive line.”
Wylie runs an annual offensive clinic which features blocking seminars and instruction from many NFL coaches, which last year included the Saints’ Aaron Kromer, the Colts’ Howard Mudd and the Jets’ Bill Callahan.
He coached three years in the Canadian Football League before joining the Denver last year as the Broncos switched from zone blocking gap and power blocking system, a transition the Raiders appear to be undergoing after the departure of head coach Tom Cable, line coach Jim Michalczik and line assistant Chris Morgan.
Where that leaves current Raiders linemen remains to be seen. Right guard Cooper Carlisle in particular has been a zone blocking specialist, playing in the system with both Denver and Oakland. Bruce Campbell, should he remain at right guard, is expected to get a long look whenever the team convenes after players and owners come to a collective bargaining agreement.
Left guard Robert Gallery, scheduled for unrestricted free agency in the event of a CBA, saw his play improve when he was moved from tackle to guard in Cable’s zone system.