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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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  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Well, it looks like were going to have the dirt infield a little bit longer this season.

  • TxRaider210

    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    Raiders are going to surprise teams this year, with coaching and personnel changes.
    ******************

    Yes along with a few new faces and the sour taste from new year’s day loss to SD will fuel
    ——————-
    You know DA is lickin his chops going against Norvster and Crennel. Fox is a decent coach imo.

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Vic Tafur @VicTafur 48m
    Was just told by someone in the know that rookie Juron Criner will definitely sign and be in @RAIDERS camp by Sunday. 1st practice is Monday
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““

    Steve must have taken the lovely Mrs. Cork on a romantic get away to the Fresno Motel 6, before the start of camp….

  • Method To My Madness

    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Well, it looks like were going to have the dirt infield a little bit longer this season.
    *****************

    As if that is a problem Kell?…look OG…Oakland needs all the positive news possible

    Did it stop us in 2000,2001,and 2002 when both teams made the postseason?

  • Dan78

    Lock the women and children

  • Method To My Madness

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    Raiders are going to surprise teams this year, with coaching and personnel changes.
    ******************

    Yes along with a few new faces and the sour taste from new year’s day loss to SD will fuel
    ——————-
    You know DA is lickin his chops going against Norvster and Crennel. Fox is a decent coach imo.
    ****************8

    I see AFC West coming down to end of the season like it has the last two years

  • TxRaider210

    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!

  • Dan78

    Raider Training Camp is about to start

  • Method To My Madness

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    Vic Tafur @VicTafur 48m
    Was just told by someone in the know that rookie Juron Criner will definitely sign and be in @RAIDERS camp by Sunday. 1st practice is Monday
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““

    Steve must have taken the lovely Mrs. Cork on a romantic get away to the Fresno Motel 6, before the start of camp….
    *******************8

    I’m dead lmao

  • Dan78

    Lets smash the cowgirls!!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We*

    He was great as a nickel pass rusher, but he was a liability against the run, and we tried to make him an every down RDE.
    A T Scott type is exactly what we need now to replace Wimbley IMO.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Well, it looks like were going to have the dirt infield a little bit longer this season.
    *****************

    As if that is a problem Kell?…look OG…Oakland needs all the positive news possible

    Did it stop us in 2000,2001,and 2002 when both teams made the postseason?
    ———–
    No problem at all.

  • Method To My Madness

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!
    ****************

    All the players on team seem to say that about the dude…let’s see it translate to a model of winning in oakland

  • TxRaider210

    Cowgirls going down, sounds good either way..lol

  • Method To My Madness

    Dan78 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    Lets smash the cowgirls!!!!!
    *********************

    Dez Bryant i hope gets his knee clipped…he is a POS

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Uh Oh, looks like Brian the Genital and KrappyRat are headed for another heated Kelly Family disagreement

    I’m hoping Krappy takes Brian to Zurich, great opportunity to mend fences

    Or at least provide us with a few laughs, holla

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    B,

    I agree that TK is not an asset against the run, but he can rush the passer. He has more sacks the last 2 years than any DT including Suh.

  • Method To My Madness

    Raider O Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    We*

    He was great as a nickel pass rusher, but he was a liability against the run, and we tried to make him an every down RDE.
    A T Scott type is exactly what we need now to replace Wimbley IMO.
    **************

    Maybe….but gotta move on…..Shaughnessy and whoever blitzing from the WLB better be ready

  • TxRaider210

    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!
    ****************

    All the players on team seem to say that about the dude…let’s see it translate to a model of winning in oakland
    —————–
    After listening to DA more, he seems up to the task and ready to get these guys playing ball!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    Uh Oh, looks like Brian the Genital and KrappyRat are headed for another heated Kelly Family disagreement

    I’m hoping Krappy takes Brian to Zurich, great opportunity to mend fences

    Or at least provide us with a few laughs, holla
    ————————————
    Ger a Life, Handfkr. Lol.

  • Dan78

    Dez the motherf(beater)ucker

  • Method To My Madness

    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Well, it looks like were going to have the dirt infield a little bit longer this season.
    *****************

    As if that is a problem Kell?…look OG…Oakland needs all the positive news possible

    Did it stop us in 2000,2001,and 2002 when both teams made the postseason?
    ———–
    No problem at all.
    ***********************

    Alrighty then….becuz facts are the games that will be the most crucial for us the dirt infield wont even be there

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    B,

    I agree that TK is not an asset against the run, but he can rush the passer. He has more sacks the last 2 years than any DT including Suh.

    =============================================

    The problem is that he makes way too much money for a third-down pass-rush specialist, but that seems to be his only position right now. A DT who can’t stuff the run is useless 2/3 of the time.

  • Method To My Madness

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!
    ****************

    All the players on team seem to say that about the dude…let’s see it translate to a model of winning in oakland
    —————–
    After listening to DA more, he seems up to the task and ready to get these guys playing ball!
    ******************

    Younger guy who can more than likely relate to today’s players

  • Dan78

    by the way, who slapped that ho?
    Dez he did.

  • Method To My Madness

    Dammit…smack shot to left and close play at plate…guy is safe…..cespedes almost got it…5-2

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    B,

    A lot of players will get cut to make the 53 roster, we have cap space, so who knows… Maybe we can add another CB and a nickel pass rusher (with speed). We need speed from the edge, and we don’t have that (talking about DEs not LBs).

  • TxRaider210

    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!
    ****************

    All the players on team seem to say that about the dude…let’s see it translate to a model of winning in oakland
    —————–
    After listening to DA more, he seems up to the task and ready to get these guys playing ball!
    ******************

    Younger guy who can more than likely relate to today’s players
    ————–
    They say DA wasn’t the fastest DB in college, but had great instincts and was usually in the play. He can teach these guys, Bailey liked him.

  • Method To My Madness

    RaiderDuck Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    B,

    I agree that TK is not an asset against the run, but he can rush the passer. He has more sacks the last 2 years than any DT including Suh.

    =============================================

    The problem is that he makes way too much money for a third-down pass-rush specialist, but that seems to be his only position right now. A DT who can’t stuff the run is useless 2/3 of the time.
    *******************

    DT’s first and foremost important job is to stop the run….I dont get why people dont understand this

  • Method To My Madness

    Raider O Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    B,

    A lot of players will get cut to make the 53 roster, we have cap space, so who knows… Maybe we can add another CB and a nickel pass rusher (with speed). We need speed from the edge, and we don’t have that (talking about DEs not LBs).
    ************

    I bet Big Reg is already waiting for something to come available

  • Method To My Madness

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Dennis Allen is a player’s coach, and it should show this year!
    ****************

    All the players on team seem to say that about the dude…let’s see it translate to a model of winning in oakland
    —————–
    After listening to DA more, he seems up to the task and ready to get these guys playing ball!
    ******************

    Younger guy who can more than likely relate to today’s players
    ————–
    They say DA wasn’t the fastest DB in college, but had great instincts and was usually in the play. He can teach these guys, Bailey liked him.
    **************

    Exactly what we need….he will become a household name…Raiders will make your ass famous

  • J Hill

    so a 40 yd TD run is the DTs fault, eh?

    LBs and last line of defense have nothing to do with that, right?

    Riiiigggghhhttttt

  • J Hill

    Who are th RBs in our division that we need to worry about over cats like Manning and Rivers?

    Seymour Houston Kelly ShoNasty

    That front 4 will get it done!

  • Method To My Madness

    anyway….yall be good…and monday let the picking of the brains begin….im sure the semi pro action will be on point when the AM crew commences

  • TxRaider210

    I’ll take DA’s word that the first couple years, he’ll work more with the D and show these guys a few things.

  • Method To My Madness

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    so a 40 yd TD run is the DTs fault, eh?

    LBs and last line of defense have nothing to do with that, right?

    Riiiigggghhhttttt
    **********************

    Who is the front line of defense?

  • JB

    Marks hair Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    How many bloggers got camp tix?
    *****************

    I got 4 VIP camp passes as a result of a Raider perk program they ran where any season ticket holder who paid before Jan 1, 2012 got VIP access on a 2 for 1 basis to training camp. My visit is scheduled for Aug 5 @ 2PM. Looking forward to it.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Anybody read today’s Reggie interview with Monte Poole? He gives Hue credit for the offense.

  • Method To My Madness

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Who are th RBs in our division that we need to worry about over cats like Manning and Rivers?

    Seymour Houston Kelly ShoNasty

    That front 4 will get it done!
    ***************

    Not consistently vs run with that middle and most def troubles pass rushing…..live in reality Jhill

  • Method To My Madness

    JB Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Marks hair Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    How many bloggers got camp tix?
    *****************

    I got 4 VIP camp passes as a result of a Raider perk program they ran where any season ticket holder who paid before Jan 1, 2012 got VIP access on a 2 for 1 basis to training camp. My visit is scheduled for Aug 5 @ 2PM. Looking forward to it.
    **************

    I’m going friday for sure…and prolly sunday with Norco bob

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I’m going Fri Aug 3 rd, 2pm

  • TxRaider210

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Who are th RBs in our division that we need to worry about over cats like Manning and Rivers?

    Seymour Houston Kelly ShoNasty

    That front 4 will get it done!
    ——————
    That could be a good look, if Sey plays nasty too.

  • Method To My Madness

    Jhill you still in the dark on the DT issue…you make every excuse for seymour and kelly and those guys just aint gettin it done vs the run…seymour has some track record of success…while kelly has always sucked

  • Method To My Madness

    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    I’m going Fri Aug 3 rd, 2pm
    ************

    hmmm…me too…guess we shall run into each other

  • Method To My Madness

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Who are th RBs in our division that we need to worry about over cats like Manning and Rivers?

    Seymour Houston Kelly ShoNasty

    That front 4 will get it done!
    ——————
    That could be a good look, if Sey plays nasty too.
    ****************

    And who is your NT in that who can take on double teams effectively? None

  • Method To My Madness

    anyhow…i gotta run….yall have a great weekend

    Just Win

    Code Black 2012

  • Just Fire Baby

    Anybody read today’s Reggie interview with Monte Poole? He gives Hue credit for the offense.

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

    Hue deserves credit for the offense, for the most part.

    Not only the big points he put up in 2010, but the inability to score in the red zone and the penalties in 2011.

  • JB

    Thought for the day: Who better to know the weaknesses of the Bronco’s defense? Dennis Allen should know the Bronco defense better than anyone. Our offense should have a field day against Denver. On the other side of the coin, he should also know the weaknesses and best way of attacking Denver’s offense. He used to scheme for it every day when practicing against the Denver offense.

    If I were Denver, I’d be very scared of what a Dennis Allen team could do against them.

  • TxRaider210

    Don’t see Houston playing NT much, but he does have leverage.imo

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    so a 40 yd TD run is the DTs fault, eh?

    LBs and last line of defense have nothing to do with that, right?

    Riiiigggghhhttttt
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    We should blame the entire defense and the DC for 40 yd TD runs, but unless you have a strong DL, you will give up 40 yd TDs runs and a 5 yards avg per carry.