Griffith added to staff

Former Raiders fullback Justin Griffith has been added to the coaching staff as a quality control coach, the club announced while confirming several staff hires.

Griffith played for the Atlanta Falcons while offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was there as well as Raiders head coach Dennis Allen.

Oakland also confirmed the return of running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski as well as the addition of offensive line coach Frank Pollack, strength coach Al Miller and assistant strength coach John Grieco.

Eric Sanders, a quality control assistant for the last two years, will also return.

Among the positions the Raiders have not hired include defensive coordinator, quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, defensive line, linebackers and secondary. The Raiders did not have a quarterbacks coach last season.

The club reportedly has sought permission to talk with Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. about the defensive coordinator position, but it’s not yet known if Whitt is still under contract. If Whitt is under contract, it would be the Packers’ call as to whether to allow him the opportunity to interview for another job.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer