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Fassel replacement hired; Saunders on the move

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 6:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Dennis Allen once again is sticking within the AFC, with particular interest within the AFC West, when it comes to hiring assistant coaches.
Allen hired Steve Hoffman as the special teams coordinator today. That fills the vacancy created by the departure of John Fassel to the St. Louis Rams.
In other news, Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders has interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs for their offensive coordinator opening. That indicates that Allen has no intention of retaining Saunders in any capacity — he already hired Greg Knapp to be the offensive coordinator — or Saunders isn’t interested in coming back in a lesser role than the one he filled in 2011.

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  • Blackmamba_20

    Riaderzzzzz

  • Blackmamba_20

    nice spelling mamba !!! idiot

  • realtruraider

    Hello?

  • Just Fire Baby

    With Ford fit an Moore and DHB & carson full camp etc man i think you would reconsider, Jacoby is electric, what would you want to pick up with a 3rd rounder?? just askin.

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    Legit question, and I would say a full-time starter at a position of need (RT, OLB, DB) rather than a 3rd string player at a possession of strength.

  • realtruraider

    Whats this Hoffman guy all about?

  • J Hill

    what would you want to pick up with a 3rd rounder??

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    NT, LG(Wiz to C), or a FS.

  • Blackmamba_20

    Nice, Thats why i ask ya JFB..

    Pains me to think of drafting ANOTHER DB, considering Mcfadden,ware,DVD,Chekwa…..and Super Bowl player Sterling Moore… but it is a need.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Let’s just hope this new ST guy can teach our punt returners how to run up and fair catch a bad punt, rather than wave everyone off and watch a 41 yard punt roll into a 56 yarder.

    I liked Bones, but that ish has been ridiculous for years now!!!

  • dondiraider

    Hoffman knows how to teach kickers and punters how to kick & Punt, but has no clue about return game and blocking schemes! Another brilliant hire…is iot 2013 yet?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Realtruraider Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Whats this Hoffman guy all about?

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    He’s gotta be an improvement over Fassel. Our coverage and return units sucked. The only good ST components we had were Lechler and Seabass, and they’re there no matter who is coaching them.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    TAKE A PRESSURE-WASHER TO THE PLACE..IT’S ALL GOOD.

  • Blackmamba_20

    dont we need to improve on Kicking an punting…eerr yeah your right @9

  • realtruraider

    Im starting to wonder if any of these coaches we didn’t hire back even wanted to comeback.

  • J Hill

    I wonder what Dallas would give us for Huff?

    I think Branch should be far enough into his film study to take over the FS position. I think that addresses the need to upgrade the tackling on the backend.

    Draft a tough SS with our comp pick.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I wouldn’t be mad if we DIDN’T trade Jacoby, obviously when healthy he is a big-time, big-play guy (although I am not sure if he is an everydown player).

    And if we had a full slate of picks, I probably wouldn’t consider it, unless an offer just blew us away.

    But we have depth issues, no picks, and we need to move somebody, and we got some WR’s to play with.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if we tried to package Murphy as well, but I think it would be the Kirk Morrison type trade, where we trade him to move up 20 picks.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Chiefs have had a great return averages the last two years, but that’s because Javier Arenas is a stud.

  • J Hill

    Darren McFadden
    Carson Palmer
    DHB
    D Moore
    Jacoby Ford
    Marcell Reece
    Kevin Boss
    Ausberry
    Taiwan Jones

    And some of you are worried about our offense?

  • Blackmamba_20

    SURELY…FOR GAWD SAKE, Jerome Boyd doesnt make another camp…..

  • realtruraider

    Was Hoffman the special team coach in KC or an assistant? How did we steal him or did they dump him?

  • edward teach

    Gosh, wonder why Crennell is interviewing Saunders? Doesn’t he realize that Hue was the genius behind the Raiders’ offense?

    lol

  • Blackmamba_20

    @J HIll

    Im more than satisfied, the NFL is full of injuries but if we could be spared just once for a consitent chunk of the season it would be scary…

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Realtruraider Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    Was Hoffman the special team coach in KC or an assistant? How did we steal him or did they dump him?

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    Dunno, but he’s been an ST guy for DECADES. His contract may have said he could leave whenever he wanted. Maybe we offered him more $$$, or maybe he wanted to live by the beach, or maybe…?

  • RaiderLen

    J Hill Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    Darren McFadden
    Carson Palmer
    DHB
    D Moore
    Jacoby Ford
    Marcell Reece
    Kevin Boss
    Ausberry
    Taiwan Jones

    And some of you are worried about our offense?
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    Well sure….

    Greg Knapp cancels out all of the above.

    Right?……

  • RaiderLen

    Edward Teach Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Gosh, wonder why Crennell is interviewing Saunders? Doesn’t he realize that Hue was the genius behind the Raiders’ offense?

    lol
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    That’s funny.

  • Mum-O-killowe

    If Saunders doesn’t get a OC gig he will be back.

  • realtruraider

    Hue was a funny guy and he was right about one thing, there gutting this mofo, for better or for worse. we shall see.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Meanwhile, ol’ Wink Martindale was hired by the Ravens. SO, I guess we can count on all of their linebackers not named Ray Lewis completely sucking this year.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Mum-O-Killowe Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    If Saunders doesn’t get a OC gig he will be back.

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    He’ll get the Chiefs job. And best of luck to him, too.

  • edward teach

    Duck is on a roll.

  • RaiderLen

    Realtruraider Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    Hue was a funny guy and he was right about one thing, there gutting this mofo, for better or for worse. we shall see.
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    With respect to the front office and coaching staff,
    sometimes it’s just easier to knock down the old house and start over.

    A remodel of an old structure that has massive issues is more costly and very inefficient.

    Best to move out the occupants, bulldoze and start with a fresh set of blueprints.

  • Blackmamba_20

    Love Mark Davis to Get his hair to match Mckenzies, or visa versa…

  • edward teach

    With respect to the front office and coaching staff,
    sometimes it’s just easier to knock down the old house and start over.

    A remodel of an old structure that has massive issues is more costly and very inefficient.

    Best to move out the occupants, bulldoze and start with a fresh set of blueprints.

    ********************************************************

    I wish they would apply that line of thinking to the Coliseum. Or Mausoleum, as Sal Bando used to call it.

  • RaiderLen

    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    Love Mark Davis to Get his hair to match Mckenzies, or visa versa…
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    Either way would be hilarious.

  • RaiderLen

    Edward Teach Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    With respect to the front office and coaching staff,
    sometimes it’s just easier to knock down the old house and start over.

    A remodel of an old structure that has massive issues is more costly and very inefficient.

    Best to move out the occupants, bulldoze and start with a fresh set of blueprints.

    ********************************************************

    I wish they would apply that line of thinking to the Coliseum. Or Mausoleum, as Sal Bando used to call it.
    —————————————-
    No kidding.

  • J Hill

    Greg Knapp cancels out all of the above.

    Right?……

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    Ryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyght!

  • RaiderLen

    J Hill Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    Greg Knapp cancels out all of the above.

    Right?……

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    Ryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyght!
    ———————————
    lol

    Knapp will do fine with what’s in place.

    He will have no excuses if those players are healthy and active.

    Just a matter of finding the best match ups on any given Sunday.

  • hendu

    Len,just like a new stadium,knock down the O,and build a NEW O,cmon Mark and Amy,get er DONE! Raiders!!!!!

  • RaiderLen

    Hendu Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    Len,just like a new stadium,knock down the O,and build a NEW O,cmon Mark and Amy,get er DONE! Raiders!!!!!
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    That would be the Best possible plan.

    I hope Oakland can pull a stadium out of the hat.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    This place is full of Knappers.

  • canadianraider

    for the past few years we have all been saying (and everyone else around the league) that this team has the talent to go far.. if that is the case the problem is the coaching staff…i say give reggie a chance and good for him for doing what he wants to do and not what the owner is telling him to do..whats the worse that can happen?..we go 8-8 again?..like that was going to change with who we have coaching this “talented team” anyway..

  • Hardline

    Blackmamba_20, #18

    Blackmamba, we need Boyd, Jerome Boyd; he’s material cog in our “D”.

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:21 pm
    This place is full of Knappers.
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    You know how it goes O.

    Winning cures all.

    Knappers, anti Knappers…

    It’ll be one big group hug when the Raiders win.

    Might be a bit boring around these parts when it happens though. lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I hear you Len.
    I’m not a fan of Knapp, and I’m disappointed with him as OC. I wanted proven coaches, or young talent on the rise.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I think D Allen was a good choice, and I understand a new HC wants his own people, but is Knapp the best we can do? I don’t think so.

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    I hear you Len.
    I’m not a fan of Knapp, and I’m disappointed with him as OC. I wanted proven coaches, or young talent on the rise.
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    I hear ya.

    Knapp seemed uninspired, but I’m ok with it. He has talent to work with.

    If He can’t put points on the board, he’ll be gone.

  • Blackmamba_20

    41.Hardline Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    Blackmamba_20, #18

    Blackmamba, we need Boyd, Jerome Boyd; he’s material cog in our “D”.

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    Lol, ok youve twisted my arm, bring him back…we need someone to cover that open field

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    He did well with the whiners (that team was loaded), and he hasn’t done anything special after that. That was a decade ago.
    Same people Bashing Al for having a below avg team the last decade are the same people who are excited about Knapp.
    What has he done the last decade to impress so many fans?
    And please stop the “he gets a free pass due to Cable & JR”. What about ATL & Seattle?

  • hendu

    Raider OOOOO,whats up? Keep the faith,Im not thrilled with some staff,but I will support them w/ season tickets.Cant but Hope the DC will excite,we will see. Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Len,

    That’s the point. We are so close, we can win our division, and now we are going to rebuild the entire team.
    I think the better choice would have been to keep the offense and the coaches (add a Few position coaches, etc..), and focus more and rebuild the defense.

  • Hardline

    Stop it already – all those talking about a new stadium. Previously, I elucidated irrevocably the reasons why the Raiders are out of the stadium game for a least 5 years: 1) 20 non-winning seasons out of the last 29, with 10 non-winning seasons out of the last 10; 2) Raiders are 31st in value of all NFL teams, including revenue raising per season; 3) Raiders are unable to sell out consistently for the past 10 seasons, except when they purchased their own tickets; 4) the reorganization of the club is only beginning with no certainty of success.

    Keeping in mind that the average price of a colisium now costs $1.5B, and that most municipalities are insolvent, and that much of the financing must come through bond receipts or tax dollars, the chance that a serial losing, as yet dysfuntional team, has leverage enough to pull off a new stadium deal, is approximately 0%.

    Remember, the first rule of economics, according to me, is that value seeks its own level. The scales are now tilted against the Raiders.

    I pose the following question: if you were suddenly the CEO of a development company, a mayor, councilman or supervisor of a suitable jurisdiction, would you vote to build the Raiders a new stadium? highly doubtful, unless you wanted to be greeted by a citizentry group wielding ax handles and tar and feathers. Also, the public in the past 5 years has rejected taxpayer infused stadium projects using public monies.

    Mark was very disappointing at his first press conference with Reggie when he claimed his first order of business will be negotiate a new stadium deal, showing his inexperience and facile reasoning.

    I say this: dream on pal, take another bong hit freckle face, because you will have a new stadium when pigs fly. Until you bring in 4 to 5 AFC Championships, and several Superbowls no one will listen at all. That is the way big money is.

    Finally, if the transistion and reorganization doesn’t result in progress toward dynasty very quickly, the Raiders will be playing at a high school football field, like Kezar Stadium used to be.