Next up for Raiders _ finding a D-coordinator


Lost amid the postgame revelry at Cowboys stadium Sunday was the following message over the P.A. system:

“Darren Perry, you have a call. Please use the silver and black courtesy telephone . . . ”

Perry finally found one, only to see Winston Moss got there first.

OK, I made that up.

Perry and Moss are both believed be coaches of interest as Hue Jackson looks to fill out his staff, with no hard evidence other than a previous link to the organization. There are also defensive coordinator openings in Arizona and Tennessee, with Philadelphia switching offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator last week.

Perry coached safeties for the Raiders in 2007-08. Moss was a Los Angeles Raider from 1991-94 and has interviewed for the club’s head coaching position with Al Davis and at that time publicly expressed his interest in working for Al Davis.

During Super Bowl week, Perry brushed aside inquiries about moving up to a coordinator’s spot, while Moss at one point seemed open to the possibility of the Philadelphia opening before Castillo was hired.

Negotiations could not take place during Super Bowl week, but chances are any team that was interested in either man made some sort of contact through agents to gauge a level of interest. The same goes for two Pittsburgh assistants _ defensive backs coach Ray Horton and linebackers coach Keith Butler.

Both the Packers and Steelers run 3-4 systems heavy on zone blitzing. During an interview with a Fresno area radio station last week, Jackson dodged a direct question from Lorenzo Neal about what system the Raiders will run.

A couple of things point to the Raiders continuing with a 4-3. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle, currently the shining star of the Raiders’ staff, has been almost exclusively a 4-3 coach. The Raiders two best young talents along the defensive front, Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston, would be better in a 4-3 than a 3-4, and scheme is all about the best use of talent.

Shaughnessy is a natural 4-3 end, about three sacks and a winning record away from being a Pro Bowl candidate. Houston showed he can play left end in a 4-3, but his true calling may eventually be as a three-technique defensive tackle _ a role he could lay this year in the unlikely event of Richard Seymour leaving via free agency when a collective bargaining agreement is reached. In a 3-4, Houston is too small for the nose.

The ideal move for a defensive coordinator comes when he has some say over the rest of the defensive staff and brings in his own philosophy. That wouldn’t necessarily be the case in Oakland.

That’s not to say Perry and/or Moss aren’t looking for a chance to move up and are intrigued enough by Jackson and some of Oakland’s defensive talent to give it serious consideration.


— Got it wrong again. Had the Steelers winning, 23-17, but can’t say I was unhappy to see Aaron Rodgers prevail over Ben Roethlisberger. Was also glad to see Charles Woodson get a ring, although the broken collarbone just before halftime reminded me of some of his injury-plagued seasons with the Raiders.

There’s a lot of Woodson stuff in Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, including an exchange where King asked “what Al Davis might be saying tonight.”

Replied Woodson: “I should have never let him get out of here.”

In hindsight, absolutely. But face it, Woodson grew up as a professional in Green Bay in a way that never happened in Oakland. The Packers were the only team willing to ante up the kind of money the Raiders had been paying him.

— You wonder whether anyone got together with officials before hand with instructions to “let them play” or of it just worked out that way. But it was refreshing to see instances of minor contact in the secondary ignored. No pass interference, no cheap illegal contact first downs.

— The world champions will be on the Raiders’ schedule, although it won’t be determined for a couple of months at least when they’ll visit Lambeau Field.

With road games at Green Bay, Buffalo, Kansas City and Denver, the possibility exists for some frigid December games. (I’m assuming Minnesota will be back indoors next season).

— The Raiders may never have a passing game like Green Bay, but they can win playing an offensive style similar to Pittsburgh. The Steelers may well have won the Super Bowl had it not been for Rashard Mendenhall’s lost fumble.

That’s not to say Green Bay wasn’t a deserving winner. Rodgers’ passing numbers were amazing considering four potential first-down passes were drops and he missed a couple of open receivers with throws he usually makes.

— About the commercials . . . I don’t care. Never have.

— This year’s Super Bowl meal attraction at my house _ hickory smoked Turkey breast, soaked in a brine of apple juice, water, Kosher salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, sliced apples, sliced lemons, oregano and lemon pepper for 24 hours. Enough left over for a couple of days of sandwiches.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think Patterson will go top 10, and he could sneak into the top 5 with Buffalo maybe (they love DB’s who return kicks).

    I really thought he wasn’t all that great in the bowl game against Texas A & M. Gave up a handful of receptions to some stiffs.

    But he is an impressive physical specimen, and his kick returning is off the charts as well.

  • phatcable

    The quarterback position in Oakland took on a musical chairs format in 2010. Jason Campbell started the first two games before he was benched for Bruce Gradkowski. He re-gained the reins in week six after a Gradkowski injury, only to land back on the sidelines in week 12. But new Raiders head coach Hue Jackson wants to make one thing clear: Campbell is his starting quarterback for next season. “There’s no question he is,” Jackson said of Campbell on Monday. “The guy won some very important games. The guy played hurt. The guy got to know his teammates, rallied his team, and finished very strong. He helped us win, obviously, every game in our division, there’s no question he is definitely the unquestioned starter on this football team at this point. But I think he knows without any shadow of a doubt, there’s work to do, and we have to do a great job of surrounding him, putting better players around him so he can go out and be the quarterback that we all know he can be.”He is the next Jim Plunkett!

  • After a bloated Super Bowl in Dallas, it’s time to rein in big game

    NFL hosing fans.

  • phatcable

    Oakland Raiders face uphill battle and long odds heading towards Super Bowl XLVI
    The Oakland Raiders finally concluded a season without double digit losses since their Super Bowl appearance in 2002, but it looks as if they will face an uphill battle and long odds if they are going to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next February. Bodog.com has issued their preliminary odds of reaching and winning next season’s Super Bowl, and the Oakland Raiders are among the teams with the longest odds. Bodog has given the Oakland Raiders a 50/1 chance of winning Super Bowl XLVI. Divisional opponent, the San Diego Chargers, are the fourth favorite team figured to fitted for rings next February at 12/1. The Chargers follow the current odds on favorite Green Bay Packers, (7/1), the New England Patriots (8/1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10/1). Defending AFC West champions, the Kansas City Chiefs opened with 35/1 odds and the Denver Broncos are 60/1 to win next season’s Super Bowl. Bodog has simply issued their odds as to which team will win the Super Bowl.

  • bcz24

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    2007 #2 Calvin Johnson
    2007 #3 Joe Thomas
    Sorry couldnt see past the stench of the ‘deuce’ we dropped #1 overall…

  • bcz24

    M Lonetree Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 10:58 am
    The Raiders were #2 rushing in the NFL with a rookie Division II tackle, a good left guard and a bunch of cast-offs. It either ain’t that hard or they are already better than people here give them credit for.
    They were pretty terrible in pass blocking. RT is going to have to get addressed as well, Langston Walker aint getting any younger, and he surely isnt getting any better either.

  • DMAC

    O-line solution.
    Draft Wiz in the 2nd.
    Sign Gaither.
    Re-sign Gallery.



  • bcz24 Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 11:13 am
    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    2007 #2 Calvin Johnson
    2007 #3 Joe Thomas
    Sorry couldnt see past the stench of the ‘deuce’ we dropped #1 overall

    Very understandable bcz24, that is a strong stench…

  • bcz24

    Imagine if we had drafted Megatron. I would be happy just to have a Raiders jersey made that said Megatron on the back lol

  • phatcable

    vw commercial little kid dressed like darth vader would go un-noticed in the black hole!

  • LA to TheBay

    we’re looking at 4 new starters on the O-Line, DHB with 16 starts at WR again and musical chairs at QB with Jason Campbell and probably Alex Smith

    and if we can’t retain Michael Bush, Marcel Reece & Zach Miller our offense might drop from 6th to 26th!


    What’s with all the doom and gloom, RRS? It’s unlikely we have 4 new starters on O line and I doubt that Campbell is going to get benched if he plays at least at an average level. If anything, I see more stability on offense.

    Once the CBA is done, Reece, Miller and Bush will likely be RFAs anyway.

    I see the team improving on what they did last year with a better coach than what we had. Cable served his purpose as head cheerleader and I applaud him for it, but I think he was holding the team back.

  • I think RT is biggest area of need in off-season.

    D-line is best its been in awhile
    we got our QB starter, for better or worse
    McFadden is almost an elite RB
    Adding a veteran WR is a bigger need, but Al seems committed to the youngsters
    DB’s are entrenched, even without Nnamdi
    The Truth has TE locked down
    Weakside OLB is important, but Moss, Groves and Goethel should get first crack at it.
    Veldheer, Loper and/or Gallery are starters
    Satele is decent, if a bit underpowered
    Carlisle is consistent, but undersized and Campbell is waiting to go, if needed.

    Langston Walker is an average run-blocker at best, but a terrible pass-blocker, TERRIBLE. This offense will continue to struggle if we can’t protect J-Soup, gotta upgrade the pass-blocking first and foremost.

  • SharkCatcher

    I agree bring in some hogs for out O line

  • YoungAmerican

    Biggest positions of need:

    1. RT
    2. OG (LG if Gallery leaves)
    3. C
    4. WR
    5. CB (considering both starters are FAs)
    6. C
    7. S (if Huff leaves)
    8. WLB

    Luckily the draft has quite a few players who can play OG or RT.

    Not a lot of clear “franchise left tackles” though.

    I have a feeling that if Al is going to address the receiving corps this season, it’s going to be by bringing in another speedy mid/late-round project.

    Satele improved over the course of the season, but is he a fit for a power-blocking scheme?

    The WLB position could certainly be improved, but Groves and Goethel might get the first crack at the job. Both showed some potential last season. Still wouldn’t surprise me to see an OLB drafted, though.

    I think there are some good options at free safety available through free agency if Huff can’t be re-signed.

    CB is the biggest question mark. A lot depends on how free agency plays out.

    Of course, this completely changes if the Raiders are thinking about going to the 3-4.

  • YoungAmerican

    With all that said…


    Wanna get something straight, ppl keep asking which players r signing where, trades, etc. Its all just garbage talk until a CBA is reached.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Greg Biekert, who joined the Raiders coaching staff in July of 2010 as an assistant coach on defense, returns in 2011 as linebacker coach

    That means Chuck Bresnahan is the DC

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders announced it on twitter!

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s possible that the Packers “politely declined” to allow the Raiders to interview Moss or Perry…

  • ouch, sounds like the Raiders got rebuffed by Moss, Perry and/or the Packers.

  • LA to TheBay

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    Greg Biekert, who joined the Raiders coaching staff in July of 2010 as an assistant coach on defense, returns in 2011 as linebacker coach

    That means Chuck Bresnahan is the DC


    Why not announce it now, then?

  • LA to TheBay

    If the Biekert promotion is a defacto designation of Bresnehan as DC, it’s more backasswardsness from the organization.

    Maybe not the attacking, zone-blitz scheme we were rumored to go then, hm?

  • DMAC

    The Steelers reportedly blocked the Cardinals from interview LBs coach Keith Butler for their defensive coordinator job.
    The Rooney family is simply protecting its investment here. After handing Butler a hefty raise in response to the Cardinals’ interest last season, they placed a clause in his contract allowing them to deny permission for an interview elsewhere.
    Source: XTRA 910 Phoenix
    Thats some BS, that teams can deny interviews.

  • LA To TheBay Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:12 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    Greg Biekert, who joined the Raiders coaching staff in July of 2010 as an assistant coach on defense, returns in 2011 as linebacker coach

    That means Chuck Bresnahan is the DC

    has chuck been announced as DC yet?

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!
    Go A’s!
    Go DUBS!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

  • bcz24

    Thats some BS, that teams can deny interviews.
    Teams are only required to allow contracted coaches interview for HC. Otherwise it is what it is… the coach signed the contract and is required to honor it.

  • bcz24

    Biekert to LB coach doesn’t necessarily mean Bresnahan’s new defensive coordinator (ok, maybe it does). Move “stands on it’s own” team says

    Vito Tafur

  • Of course Vegas is putting the Raiders at 50 to 1 to win the Super Bowl next year.

    The team’s de facto general manager is a PROVEN senile 80 year old man, who just fired his head coach after the team’s best season in nearly a decade.

    Their new head coach refers to Al Davis as “coach”. Doesn’t bode well for a team with a history of head coaches being used as puppets.

    Their quarterback is a mediocre castaway who might be the worst QB in NFL history when under pressure. Can not pick up blitzes, period.

    They have no established possession receiver, and no deep threat with hands, or even any ability to fight for the football.

    The senile owner runs the defense, which is horrible against the run, every year, and uses man coverage so much that many offensive coordinators around the league consider Raider games a week off. They go and visit their families.

    A former MVP quarterback said that the organization was CHAOS, even when the team was winning. That would convince oddsmakers to lengthen the odds on the Raiders winning it all even if they didn’t have the problems above.

    Basically, Vegas is giving the Raiders such long odds because unlike fans, their job is to look at the Raiders for what they are.

  • Their quarterback is a mediocre castaway who might be the worst QB in NFL history when under pressure. Can not pick up blitzes, period.
    I guess you never saw Marc Wilson play

  • bcz24

    Yup Captain Douchers arrival signals my que to exit stage left… see yall in the AM

  • hwnrdr

    KoolKell Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Their quarterback is a mediocre castaway who might be the worst QB in NFL history when under pressure. Can not pick up blitzes, period.
    I guess you never saw Marc Wilson play

    Don’t remind me!!!

  • Agreed on Marc Wilson, Kell, but he’s not in the league right now. Jason Campbell is, and he can not play when under a pass rush.

  • bcz24

    You didnt say in the league right now, you said in NFL History.

  • bcz24

    Glad to see you say you agreed with someone on something though. Thats progress.

  • Campbell is worse than Wilson under pressure. He’s the worst ever. There.

  • And, I thought you were leaving, Bcz?

  • Allen’s strained relationship with Davis reached an all-time low in December 1992. During halftime of the Raiders-Dolphins game on Monday Night Football, a taped interview between Al Michaels and Allen was broadcast, with Allen stating that Davis “told me he was going to get me.” Allen further stated, “I think he’s [Davis] tried to ruin the latter part of my career, tried to devalue me. He’s trying to stop me from going to the Hall of Fame. They don’t want me to play.”[7]

    Allen eventually left Los Angeles and joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. Although he only rushed for 764 yards that year, he scored 12 touchdowns,[3] leading the AFC,[8] as he and Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. As a result, Allen was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Allen went on to play for the Chiefs for four more seasons, leading the team in rushing every year but his last. Allen’s main contribution to the Chiefs was his leadership. The Chiefs won more games than any other NFL team during his tenure in Kansas City. Allen made many contributions to charitable causes off the field in Kansas City, while also hosting his own talk show on Sunday mornings before Chiefs games.

    Allen retired after the 1997 season.[3] In 1999, he was ranked 72nd on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

  • bcz24

    Waiting for my car to warm up. Nothing worse than leather seats on a day where the temperature with the windchill is negative 20 right now.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Marc Wilson arguably had the most talent around him of any quarterback in the NFL and couldn’t pass or lead.

    of course as Mr. Howie Long once said Jay Schrader cost me three Super Bowls rings

    Raiders have had their share of bad QBs:

    Mr. Jason Campbell is much better than each all of these guys.

  • mack-madden

    Please excuse my ignorance.

    But when players get elcected into the NFL hall of fame, do you go in with a certain team attched?
    Or is is just NFL hall of fame, “no team needed”

    Is it simialr to baseball where you make you go in with a certain team?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Marcus Allen, I think it was his first year with Kansas City also knocked our Raiders out of the playoffs in the final game of the season, with a solid rushng/recieving performance as I recall.

    Nothing Al Davis ever did set the Raiders back more than mistreating Marcus. In fact Raiders never made the playoffs while Marcus was in Kansas City.

  • Drew Bledsoe was horrible under pressure too. Way worse than Campbell, imo.

    Campbell had some pretty big runs last year, no?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Marcus Allen is a Raider, would have probably be listed as the greatest Raider of all-time (instead of #10), and at the very least the second greatest Raider (Mr. Shell & Mr. Upshaw combination were considered the greatest Raiders of all time) of all time if not for the Davis-Marcus fued.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Remember many of Jason’s worse games were with Mario at LT, thankfully that will never happen again.

  • mack-madden

    Campbell had some pretty big runs last year, no?


    Campbell had some great scrambles to keep drives alive.

    First drive at Denver.

    3rd and 5 = False start

    3rd and 10 = No one open, He scrambles up the middle and heads toward sideline.

    Couple playes later, Play action/Mis-direction pass to a wide open Zach Miller.

    I for one would LOVE to see Campbell utilioze his legs more often.

    May Coach Jackson will implement for bootlegs/roll-outs this year… I know I sure hope so…

  • mack-madden

    so many typos on my part… i dont feel like making any corrections to it.

    I just hope you guys can figure out what words i tried to use and substitue for yourself…

  • Agree RaiderRetribution. Marcus Allen absolutely carried the Raiders on his back. He didn’t have Upshaw, Shell, Stabler etal to lean on.

  • raiderinpa

    Looks like Al better get his shiz-nit together, sounds as if the Cards DC options are dwindeling and Moss is one of two remaining….

    Come on man!!

  • ArmChair GM

    San Jose PD report Steelers fan attacked by Raiders devotees before Super Bowl:


    This must be that “criminal element” that Pittsburgh complained about in the 70’s,lol.

    What are they gonna do…SUE US AGAIN!Hahahahahahahaha.