Wylie bides his time with Mushroom Society


Other than head coach Hue Jackson, the most significant hire of the Raiders’ offseason was someone named Bob Wylie.

Wylie will coach the Raiders’ offensive line, a unit that has a new center in Stefen Wisniewski and a left tackle in Jared Veldheer but other than that is a mystery.

Given that the performance of the offensive line will be crucial in Jackson’s quest to “build a bully,” Wylie has a huge responsibility. Rumor has it that Wylie likes to entertain co-workers with acts of magic, a skill which could come in handy if the lockout goes into August and he attempts to conjure up a line with a lot of new parts.

Wylie’s hire was not major news in part because the assistant line coach, Steve Wisniewski, is a Raider legend. Wylie was an assistant line coach himself last year in Denver and spent some time coaching in the Canadian Football League.

But there’s little in the way of line play Wylie hasn’t seen or heard, as evidenced by a clinic he puts on each year in Cincinnati which brings together professional and college line coaches from all over the country to talk shop and determine the best way to put a defender on the ground.

The two day event is Friday and Sunday, opening with North Carolina line coach Stan Pittman discussing “Ways to get the Ball Outside, the Outside Zone and Taxi Play,” followed by Auburn’s Jeff Grimes on the topic of “The Open Side Gap Scheme Run Game (Power & Counter)”

Saturday’s seminars will feature Cleveland Browns line coach George Warhop, Atlanta’s Paul Boudreau, the Steelers Sean Kugler and Green Bay’s James Campen.

It’s called the C.O.O.L. Clinic (Coaches of Offensive Linemen) and put on by Wylie and a core of line coaches who call themselves “The Mushroom Society.” Why?

Because, according to the clinic’s Web site, “The mushroom logo signifies the similarity between the “O-Line” coach and the fungus. Both are kept in the dark and fed garbage yet continue to flourish!”

As much as I wanted to get into more detail with Wylie about his background and the challenges ahead, an interview request was politely declined by the club.

Assuming there is a training camp, how the offensive line shakes out will be one of the more interesting stories in Napa.

Samson Satele may have been the Raiders’ most consistent lineman last year and he will give way to Wisniewski. He can play guard but hasn’t done it in the NFL.

Robert Gallery has thanked the Raiders but said he plans to move on Khalif Barnes wasn’t interested in another one-year contract to be a backup lineman and blocking tight end, but the book isn’t necessarily closed on him. Nor is it closed on Mario Henderson or Langston Walker, both of whom are also not under contract.

Right guard Cooper Carlisle remains, a veteran whose strength is zone blocking on a team which will only occasionally block in that style.

One of Wylie’s marching orders will be to develop Bruce Campbell, the 2010 combine phenom who never saw the field as a rookie except on special teams. Campbell played exclusively at right guard in practice.

Nothing is carved in stone, but the longer the players are out, the tougher it will be for players to switch positions, develop their timing and learn new technique as taught by Wylie and Steve Wisniewski.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Dakota

    1299.DKnight007 Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 10:32 am
    1279.Dakota Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 10:06 am
    1276.OAKlifer Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 9:57 am
    I’m going to fill up ur inbox with useless junk about how much i hate the Lakers and how the Blazers RULE LOL!!!!!!!

    Blazers just fired their GM didn’t they? After only one year on the job? Kinda harsh no?

    That’s what happens when morons over think things and draft a big lug like Oden ahead of the best player in the overall draft Durant. They could have had Durant, Roy and Aldridge and have a shot at a title….but they did the stupid move and took Oden.

    A’s need FIRE Geren within a week if they keep losing by the way.

    I think it was their last GM that drafted Oden.

  • DKnight007

    870.Dakota Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 am
    Switch Nnamdi and Revis and we would be having the same argument except it would be Nnamdi who had been making plays in a better system and Revis who was shutting down a portion of the field with only a handful of balls thrown his way each year.


    Nnamdi is the man…and once leaves, you morons in here will realize that when Routt and CJ and the other rookies are getting burnt all over the place and are still confused about their assignments.

  • Silverandblack666

    “This is fun to watch….the cowardly troll flailing his little arms about trying to make a last stand lol. Humorous, but a little sad too.”

    I know I was having fun just sitting here reading his babble, I couldn’t resist a comment. Now I am fat and he wants some man love from me.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I think that an indication of a low IQ would be for someone to proclaim that they had no problem sharing their address over the internet only to back track moments later.

    Painted yourself in a corner on that one.

    I’m sure you are normally a pretty smart guy.

  • DKnight007

    A’s need FIRE Geren within a week if they keep losing by the way.

    I think it was their last GM that drafted Oden.

    It was and it still hurts them to this day, so they blame the one year GM.

  • Dakota

    As much fun as this has been I have to go.

    Hey troll, when you get back after a few months I have some suggestions for your next handle:





    Any of those should work for you…

  • Silverandblack666

    sorry degenerate but a smart person would never put their personal information on a Blog. Not to mention that I was not even talking to you.

    You have clearly lost your verbal jab contest with Dakota and are desperately seeking a win, which you will not get here lackey.

    Move on loser.

  • So, I see Rockstar is ok. Good.


    1290.Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 10:23 am
    “What kind of racist comment es this 666???

    Should I start to asking your address like Dakota does???”

    Not a racist comment unless you are very insecure about who you are and are desperately seeking a reason to be angry.

    I have no problem sharing my address tough guy so suck in your fat gut and keep acting tough over the internet its a sign of low self worth and lack of intelligence.
    LOL, this really is a silly answer, I was just joking about Dakota´s insistence on asking an address in a blog like this one, wich I think is not too “normal”, but what I found is a real lack of inteligence, as you call it. So I have to explain to you.
    Can I joke on racist comments??? Of course, ´cause I´m a proud Mexican of what I can do, and what I did in my past life.

  • hwnrdr

    Have any season tix holders on here fully renewed their tix?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    666, is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • big oak boy

    so who had the info on aso going to wash i see Braylon Edwards in silver and black if jets take a cheap moss

  • Silverandblack666


    Thanks for the light hearted response. I am here to amuse myself during the work day and don’t take anything here to serious I was trying hard to get the goat of Dr Hunter and was successful. I am in no way racist nor was I trying to make a racist comment directed to you.

  • big oak boy

    plaxico burress could be a big improvement

  • Silverandblack666

    “666, is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.”

    While you are clearly the most ignorant blogger here and yet you feel compelled to continue your rampage of trying to justify your anger.

    Pull your head out of your backside and when you think of one singular intelligent thing to say let us all know.

  • big oak boy

    routt and dvd a healthy cj and tyvon branch i can do this mix in ware and pick up Ike Taylor in free agency this is a wish and we are OK in the secondary