By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 12:28 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders confirmed the hiring of Chuck Bresnahan to their defensive staff without giving him a specific title.
Translation? If the Raiders can’t find a defensive coordinator candidate to their liking (or that candidate doesn’t want to come to Oakland), Bresnahan, the defesnive coordinator for the club’s run of division titles from 2000 through 2002, could ascend to that position.
If Oakland does hire a defensive coordintor, Bresnahan is expected to coach linebackers in place of the departed Mike Haluchak.
Bresnahan was a linebackers coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 1995-96 and coached linebackers as well as serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Florida Tuskers over the past two years. He has also coached defensive backs, but the Raiders already have Lionel Washington and Kevin Ross on staff, plus director of squad development Willie Brown.
“Chuck brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we welcome him back,” coach Hue Jackson said in a statement released on Raiders.com as well as to media outlets. “I worked with him in Cincinnati and he is fiery, a motivator and a teacher.”
The Raiders hired Bob Wylie to coach the offensive line Monday.