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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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  • Just Fire Baby

    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

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

    You know I agree with you on this stuff.

    However (in Stephen A voice) the D-line needs to make these RB’s move their feet a little, in not be in 3rd gear already as they are barely a few yards past the LOS.

    I think the system will fix that gliche rather easily.

  • J Hill

    In the past schemes, it was well known that the DTs were supposed to rush the QB and play the run on the way.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Have a great weekend B.

  • JB

    Players on the bubble this year:

    • McCheese
    • Huff
    • Seymour
    • Goethal
    • Houston
    • Carlisle (assuming he doesn’t get cut in camp
    • DMac)
    • Barnes

  • J Hill

    There is no Haloti Ngata on our team.

    We put in some fat arsee lane clogger, Peyton and Rivers will have all day to throw.

    A DT rotation of Houston, Kelly, and Ivey will be just fine.

  • J Hill

    CLEARLY the biggest issue with our defense was getting off the field on 3rd down.

    MUCH bigger issue than the DTs.

  • TxRaider210

    Chucky B is a stinker

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Thec Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    Thx classic Wiz, see ya at the parade…

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I second the motion.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    There is no Haloti Ngata on our team.

    We put in some fat arsee lane clogger, Peyton and Rivers will have all day to throw.
    $$$$$$$$$$

    What about the rest of the DL, the other 3 DL can’t rush the passer?!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    By Jerry McDonald – NFL Writer
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 11:38 am in Oakland Raiders.

    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

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LMFAO!

    Jerry McD wants to everyone to hold off on speculation!

  • J Hill

    What about the rest of the DL, the other 3 DL can’t rush the passer?!

    ————————————————————

    We are talking about the DTs.

    What does stop the run mean, O?

    NEVER letting the offense have an effective double team against him?

  • TxRaider210

    I will drink a shot of whiskey tonight for….Mark Davis! Thanks for hiring a top tier GM in Reg!

  • J Hill

    Detroit and San Diego games to end the season …

    Are you really telling me our DTs ply against the run is what cost us the division?

    The 5 TDs we gave up against Buffalo was because of our DTs?

    Losing to Tim effin Tebow was on Seymour’s and Kelly’s inablity to hold off double teams????

    LMFAO!!!!

  • J Hill

    Arsee whoopin in GB on our DTs????

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Raider O Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    There is no Haloti Ngata on our team.

    We put in some fat arsee lane clogger, Peyton and Rivers will have all day to throw.
    $$$$$$$$$$

    What about the rest of the DL, the other 3 DL can’t rush the passer?!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    We are talking about the DTs.

    What does stop the run mean, O?

    NEVER letting the offense have an effective double team against him?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    What are you talking about?
    If we have a monster NT who demands double teams, guys like Seymour/ TK/ Bryant Houston, and Matt will have one on one matchups.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What happened to all those A’s updates I was getting?

  • r8eray

    Alright…I’m leaning towards week 9 vs the Bucs in section 106 Row 26!

  • J Hill

    What are you talking about?
    If we have a monster NT who demands double teams,

    ————————————————————

    What am I talking about????

    LOL!

    It’s a simple question ….

    What does “stopping the run” mean?

    Where is this monster DT coming from, lol?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Losing to Tim effin Tebow was on Seymour’s and Kelly’s inablity to hold off double teams????

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

    I’m sorry, but anytime you are coming off your bye week and have been home for almost a month, and you’re going against a guy making his 6th NFL start, and he completely hammers you, that is ENTIRELY on the coaching staff.

  • TxRaider210

    Anyone pick up Bresnahan yet?

  • TxRaider210
  • Just Fire Baby

    Is this supposed to be the opening ceremony for a SPORTING EVENT, or some opening act for an off Broadway show?

    WTF is this??

    They should have just trotted out the Stones and everybody would have been happy.

  • Missus Beeecham

    HOLLA

  • Missus Beeecham

    Holla, come back here and i’ll give you that dolla.

    Holla is my girlfriends name. my ex could learn a thing or two from holla.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J,

    I’ll play, but I have to warn you bro, I’m fasting and I haven’t smoked or drank water all day.

    What does “stopping the run” mean?
    -it means you don’t allow 5 yards avg per carry.

    Where is this monster DT coming from, lol?
    - trade, draft, and FA.

  • TxRaider210

    Ceremony is pretty creepy lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    There were a few available NTs in the draft, but Reggie decided to draft a 26 YO rookie OG.

  • realtruraider

    As long as Seymour can stay healthy and we can keep both him and Kelly fresh, we should be more than fine on the DL, thats the least of my concern.
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2012/3/27/2905756/richard-seymour-highlights

    Seymour was downright dominate when he was rested and healthy

  • da trinity

    Hey, ‘journalists’ when we getting an update about bergstrom signing contract.

  • J Hill

    I doubt that monster DT you are talking about was available in the 3rd rd.

    I’m sure you understand how the 2 big runs per game impact our avg, right?

  • J Hill

    You out there for this 1st pitch, JFB????

  • Just Fire Baby

    Locked and loaded partner

    Just watching these A’s-O’s madness. I think each bullpen is going to find a way to walk 8 guys.

  • J Hill

    Gawd damnnn!!!!

    Another commercial?????

    This series is for the division, JFB.

    We need a sweep!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    That Dodgers lineup looks a lot more potent with Hanley in the 5 hole.

    Still a lot of .250′s up and down it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You HAVE to win 2 of 3.

    Can’t be trailing by 5 or 7 games in the loss column come Monday.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    I doubt that monster DT you are talking about was available in the 3rd rd.

    I’m sure you understand how the 2 big runs per game impact our avg, right?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    - I wanted Alameda Ta’amu who was available in the 3rd.
    - I understand how stats work, but I also watch the games, which is more important IMO.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw, even if accept your scenario, big runs are part of the game, so if you hold a RB for 3 YPC for the 1st 3 quarters, but you allow him to run wild in the 4th, you are just as useless as a defense that allows a constant 5 YPC IMO.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Bud Selig wants to implement instant replay on shots down foul lines.

    How you gonna do that on a ball the ump calls foul that was actually fair ?

    Just award the batter first base ? Many, if not most, of those balls would go for a double. Umps discretion ?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Results are the same. A defense that allows 100+ YPG rushing, and a 5+ YPC.
    Pathetic!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bud Selig wants to implement instant replay on shots down foul lines.

    How you gonna do that on a ball the ump calls foul that was actually fair ?

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

    I agree 110%.

    Whatever happened to accepting that good and bad calls are part of the game?

    99% of the calls are correct anyways.

  • J Hill

    Not the ole “I watch the games” cliche.

    Who are the DTs out there stopping the run 90% of the time when you are “watching the games”???

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who is this pitcher for the Bums? Fife?

    Wasn’t he in A Tribe Called Quest?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Who are the DTs out there stopping the run 90% of the time when you are “watching the games”???
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    If I thought the DTs were stopping the run, then I don’t think we would be having this conversation.
    lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    It’s not a cliche, it’s a fact. Since I understand how stats work, I also understand how they can be manipulated to support both sides of the argument.
    Ask Chico to show you stats about Tebow being a great QB.
    LOL

  • J Hill

    To dismiss the big runs as “a part of the game” is not accurate.

    There is a reason why the visor came in and talked about the last line of defense.

    Stopping those big runs at 8-10 yds instead of 25 plus yd TD runs are CRUCIAL!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tebow holds multiple NFL records, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stopping those big runs at 8-10 yds instead of 25 plus yd TD runs are CRUCIAL!!!!

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

    Co-sign.

    The folks we play are pro’s too, they are going to line up sometimes, fire off the ball perfectly, and EARN 8 yards on us.

    We have to end it there, or close to there at least. You can’t let 8 yard runs turn into 25 yard runs, and can’t let 25 yard runs turn into 60 yard runs.

  • J Hill

    Ok, O …

    DTs are a disaster.

    Meanwhile, why did we lose to Det and SD again? Lousy run defense?

    Got it.

  • DJ Johnny

    My problem is that every other sport outside football pales in comparison anymore.

    I used to be able to get into the day to day of baseball and I still do to a degree, but…it’s football that carries so much more impoetance.

    It’s not so much the game itself but the drama, fan rivalries, build up around it.

    What we need is for college to play AFTER the NFL season is over. Or…maybe this new USFL will garner some of my interest.

    Heck, i can actually get into some CFL action.

    Go Eskimos….or Argonauts.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Less “Missile” on the field = better back end results.

    Colts game we get abused consistantly on the run, was the beginning (and end) of the MM34 nickle LB era. Jax long run and KC long screen pass, MM34 was doing his 7 year old in the outfield not paying attention routine.

    He stinks.