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Chances of Wiz conspiracy are slim

A report on Profootballtalk.com is intimating Steve Wisniewski’s departure from the Raiders staff may have been more of a forced resignation that a decision of personal choice.

There were no reason given for his exit just as the team was reporting to training camp, but it would be prudent to hold off on any speculation that there was friction or philosophical differences on Dennis Allen’s staff where Wisniewski is concerned.

“Personal reasons” in Wisniewski’s case probably has quite a bit to do with family and faith, two reasons I was surprised he ever became a coach in the first place.

Toward the end of his career, I sat down with Wisniewski following practice on a bench at the club facility for probably the only extended intervew we ever had. Wisniewski was notoriously tight-lipped with the media, sticking with cliches and platitudes whenever possible.

At that point, Wisniewski explained that he was “old school,” and simply didn’t believe in flashy quotes or doing anything at the expense of a team. Wisniewski said there was no memorabilia at his home giving any hint he was a professional football player, and that when he walked away from the sport, he’d be gone for good.

Wisniewski said he’d instantly lose at least 50 pounds and then move on to the next phase of his life, which included becoming a church minister and getting back to a family life that was not always made easy by the demands of a professional football player.

But there was also the pull of the sport Wisniewski loved, and he occasionally began showing up at training camp, watching the line coaches do their job. He got a job on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford as a weight training assistant and worked his way back to the Raiders.

Because of his team-first attitude, Wisniewski was a favorite of every coach he ever had in Oakland, a career which spanned Mike Shanahan, Art Shell, Mike White, Joe Bugel and Jon Gruden. He thrived in any scheme, carried out orders and was Pied Piper of sorts to the rest of the linemen who followed him dutifully on distance runs following practice.

The chances of any sort of issue with Wisniewski is contrary to pretty much everything he is about.

Pollack becomes one of eight coaches without a line assistant, and he’ll miss a guy who in the middle of practice thought nothing of dropping to the ground and doing push-ups during breaks in the action.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Off topic but go A’s keep rolling , keep winning :)

  • J Hill

    YES SUURRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Looks like we are going to have to hope for Jensen to implode again in the 9th.

  • r8eray

    Looks like the Dodgers found the Giants G spot !

    ;)

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Mr. Bean is the greatest

    He actually kinda reminds me of Krappy

    The only differences are he’s not extremely overweight, completely broke, or married to a woman with a bowl cut

    Otherwise they each crack me up the same

    Just keepin’ it real

  • Just Fire Baby

    WTF is up with our creepy Navy Seal/Russian trooper hats?

    First we make them in China, then we make them look like we were stand-ins for the movie Red Dawn.

    Awesome!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I mean, nobody wears berets here, so why would we go to an Olympic festival and have everyone wear one?

    Should we have the dudes from Poland wear sombrero’s? Maybe the chicks from Qatar can wear skirts?

  • The Beeech Dawg

    These British hizzies all gotta have stanky cooters

    I’d probably get up and in that black ho, but my nads would smell like sausage for a week

    Gots to keep it real

  • DJ Johnny

    Ok, apparently there are some possible “issues” in regard to the Criner not signing thing.

    “Bergstrom has a first-year allotment of $516,504 with a first-year minimum allotment of $512,504 and non-guaranteed base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000 on his four-year contract with a maximum signing bonus of $506,016. Perhaps the hangup was about the amount of the bonus.

    If true, perhaps that is also the snag for Criner, who shined in OTAs and minicamp and has a first-year allotment of $426,140 with a first-year minimum allotment of $422,140 and non-guaranteed base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000 on his four-year contract with a maximum signing bonus of $144,560.

    “Contract negotiations are like being pregnant,” Criner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told CSNCalifornia.com earlier Friday. “Either you is, or you aint. Can’t be kind of pregnant.

    “He’s not allowed to practice until he has a signed contract. So he’s not allowed to report until then.”

    -

    So cuz Criner made a few nice catches in OTA’s he’s already getting a big head about it and he and/or his agent thinks he deserves more bonus $$$.

    When’s the last time a 5th round draft pick held out for more $$$?

  • DJ Johnny

    808.The Beeech Dawg Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
    These British hizzies all gotta have stanky cooters

    I’d probably get up and in that black ho, but my nads would smell like sausage for a week

    Gots to keep it real

    It’s tuff to get that sausage stench out. Might have to run an air-o-nizer downstairs.

    You might need a long extension chord if you go out on the Tacobro though.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Best post ever! I luv wiz!

  • r8eray

    I think Vegas went to bed….. #thinkblue !