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Raiders move even closer to rounding out coaching staff

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 5:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders hired long-time NFL coach Bobby April to fill their vacancy at special teams coordinator.
April spent the past three seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles special teams coordinator. Overall, he has coached 21 years in the NFL, mostly special teams, and 13 in the collegiate ranks.
Twice, April was named special teams coach of the year, both times when he was with the Buffalo Bills.
Coach Dennis Allen fired Steve Hoffman last season to coach special teams. Hoffman was one of four coaches fired by Allen after the 2012 season.
On Friday, the Raiders filled the first of those four vacancies by hiring Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator. Allen still needs to add an offensive line and linebackers coach.
The Raiders confirmed the hiring of Olson on Saturday afternoon. They also said that the coaching staff is on its to Mobile, Ala., to commence preparation for coaching in the Senior Bowl.
Olson and April likely will be join the staff in Alabama at some point, if not from the outset.

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  • 00tt00

    Our reality impacts everything Reggie can do till 2014.
    It is very complicated with many variables impacting many others.

    I have simply pointed out that if we can get better players many of these issues begin to get corrected by default. Too big a talent gap right now to compete against good teams. The most pressing matter is getting better talent on the field.
    ————————-
    THERE WERE BETTER COACHES THAN DA……..PERIOD

    and because of DA we are trying to fill the gap in player talent with one arm tied behind our backs…..sure we are OK with the draft because those guys are captive for at least 4 years…….but because of DA we will only attract 2nd rate free agents which makes the build more difficult and longer

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We need to draft Pass rushers and CB, and we can sign an OT and NT in FA.
    Draft:
    1- DE/ OLB D Moore or CB D Milliner
    3- DE/ OLB B Jenkins or CB Leon McFadden
    4- MLB Andrew Jackson

  • DJ Johnny

    How is SF so darn loaded in every area?

    They have a salary cap too don’t they?

    How about Denver?

    Yet we apparently have a roster full of lamers and we’re still in cap hell.

    Things can be done.

    Chris in NY points out some of those things.

  • RaiderRetribution

    If we are 6-10 or worse next season with multiple blowouts then Dennis must be let go after the season is over. The Raiders must prove they will stand by their coach in order to lure the Cowhers, Dungys, Johnsons, Grudens.

    Plus I do think we will draft a qb next year (2014 draft).
    We simply do not have a 2nd this year to use on a G. Smith & Co. this draft.

    Possibility of taking a flyer with our 6/7th round picks though.

  • Charlie

    Chris

    I agree this year is much better than last regarding the cap.

    Last year we were $30 million over.
    This year we are $5 million over.

    I was pointing out the situation when Reggie took the job.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Scott o’Neal for Raiders team president????

    WTF Mark?????

  • ian85

    Fck mumbles and tits can’t wait till there fired next year

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    00tt00 Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Al Davis hired guys with even lesser experience, and then you loved it..
    ———————–
    actually I hated most of the davis hires….the one thing I was looking forward to when Al was gone was being able to hire a qualified coaching staff……and look what we got

    as for my opinion of the davis hires…

    shanahan-disliked
    shell I -liked
    white-liked
    bugle-disliked
    gruden-liked
    callahan-liked
    turner-disliked
    shell II-disliked
    kiffen-DISLIKED
    cable-liked
    jackson-liked
    allen-DISLIKED
    _______________________________________________________

    cant fathom why you liked the Hue hire, he is huge reason why we cant get great players, he effed this franchise up big time..

    yeah, we all wanted great coaches, but you gotta realize we cant force them to go here, so as long we have a crappy history no-one will go here.. I think DA is absolutely right guy in this transition-phase and I think Reggie is absolutely right guy to get us through this phase..

  • BillyBobJoe Unplugged

    O’neil is Grudens selection. I don’t know why people can’t see him and Mark are putting the pieces in place. Watch the draft. We will draft fast physical defense guys only and aquire offense guys thru FA. It will be Grudens team in ’14.

  • 00tt00

    he Raiders cap situatio is not as bad as McKenzie andMckenzie apologists would lead you to believe. Assuming we say goodbye to Seymour, DHB takes a significant paycut or gets cut, Brisiel is waived, maybe TK is waived and another move or two (I say trade Branch) then RM will have plent of room to work with. If Palmer is traded and we can avoid that cap hit then we’ll have a ton of room. I don’t think we should do that, but if that happens then forget about the cap excuse.
    ===========
    they just signed branch last year to an extension…he is in their long term plans

  • RaiderRetribution

    SF in because Willis is an allpro mlb, McClain is unprofessional paycheck collector; main reason, period.

  • Charlie

    DJ

    Those teams drafted much better than us over the last ten years.
    They also did not spend $150 million in the uncapped year for grossly overrated talent.

    The mess took nine years to create. It is not geting fixed in one or two. I have predicted we will be a playoff candidate in 2014 IF WE NAIL OUR NEXT TWO DRAFTS.

  • jackasspuria

    Interesting line from Jerry Mac’s story on the O’Neil interview…

    According to the New York Times, O’Neil “gradually increased his involvement in Knicks’ personnel decisions, often to the annoyance of the basketball operations staff

  • Chris in NY

    Continuity is important, but not as important as talent and only if you’re talking about maintaining continuity of talent.

    Keeping Hue was important for continuity because Hue is a talented coach.

    Keeping Dennis Allen for continuity is not really important or beneficial, just like Knapp.

    Reggie is either delusional about DA, stubborn, or the Raiders are committed to tearing this whole thing down over last year and this coming year and Allen is pretty much being sacrificed while they suck it up so the next coach can come in and not have the fans calling for his head before they get good again.

  • BillyBobJoe Unplugged

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:43 am
    Scott o’Neal for Raiders team president????

    WTF Mark?????
    ——

    It’s good. All business. No agenda other than sound business practices. Plus, he’s Grudens pick. I like the choice. He’ll keep us in Oakland and package the new stadium deal.

  • jackasspuria

    The NY Jets are reportedly $30 million of the cap for next season. Going to be interesting how the team’s GM handles that situation.

  • Charlie

    DJ
    See the comments about Denver being under the cap back in early 2012. That is how you “can get things done”.

    In 2010, Al Davis went all out for his football team in an uncapped year and spent the most money in the league at over $150 million in player salaries. THAT IS EASILY THE MOST MONEY EVER SPENT ON A TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. One thing we know for sure is that Al Davis made his own bed here and whether that is good or bad, he must lie in it. At the other end of the spectrum are the Bengals, who have only $83.5 million in commitments for 2012. The Buccaneers, Titans, Redskins, and Broncos also are under $100 million.”

  • Myopinion

    My last post. Guess none likes what the new guys saying.. This probably wont happen. What if the went up to palmer and said, youre not our starter, I think theres a chance he does what he has toto be a starter somewhere. If moneys not num. 1 to him

  • DJ Johnny

    Palmer is not good enough to carry a bad team with bad coaching on his back.

    Not many are.

    It doesn’t mean he’s a schlep, it means he’s not elite in that way.

    Some here saying Brady or Manning would’ve taken THIS TEAM to the playoffs.

    If that’s true, then dump EVERYBODY making over a mill a yr. and throw it all at any QB considered “Elite”.

    Flacco and his agent say HE is “elite”…top 5 in league.

    How confident would you be that he would take us to the playoffs and beyond?

    I’m not.

    So who? Or is it really a team game after all?

  • jackasspuria

    Via Rotoworld.com:

    ESPN Dallas mentions Hue Jackson, Jim Caldwell, and Mike Tice as potential offensive play-caller options for the Cowboys.
    Jackson is an assistant head coach for the Bengals and was linked as a possible Panthers OC candidate before losing out to Mike Shula. Caldwell is currently calling plays for the Ravens, and Tice was recently let go after coordinating the Bears offense for one season in 2012. In-house candidates are QBs coach Wade Wilson and OL coach/OC Bill Callahan. Jason Garrett has been reluctant to give up his play-calling duties, but Jerry Jones seems intent on finding a solution.

  • BillyBobJoe Unplugged

    #714. I agree continuity is important. Look at NE. But in Philadelphia it was good to let Andy go. Same here in Oakland. Allen will be just like Andy in Philadelphia. Never get us to the big one. When Gruden gets here in ’14, continuity will be here for a long time.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 7:58 am
    This Olson guys resume reads a lot like Hue’s before he got here.

    QB coach the year before he joined us. Olson 7 stops in 11 years, Hue 6 stops in 11 years. 2 failed, 1-year stints as an OC with two different organizations. Prefers more PBS.

    Damn near identical!!!!

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

    Except that Tampa got way better on offense once Mike Sullivan got there. How did we look going from Hue to Knapp?

    Also, there’s the minor difference of their personality traits. Hue exudes confidence, Greg Olson exudes lapdog obedience to manboobs Denise.

  • J Hill

    Jackson is an assistant head coach for the Bengals

    ——————————————————————-

    I thought some folks were saying he got demoted from DB coach????

    Asst HC?????

  • Charlie

    Chris

    We have not been good since 2002.

    You could have the best coaches in the wolrd and we would would still get pummeled by good teams. (9-51 against playoff teams for the last ten years with seven different coaching staffs).

    DA has a 4 year deal because he was highly regarded in NFL circles. You may not like the results yet.
    It does not mean he is incompetent.

    Pete Carroll 7-9 First season 14-18 first TWO seasons

    Mike Shanahan 6-10 First season 11-21 first TWO seasons (in Washington)

    Belichick 36-44 in Cleveland 5-11 first season 16-16 first TWO seasons (in NE)

    Reid 5-11 First season 16-16 first two seasons

    None of these coaches faced the challenges we have in Oakland. Missing 3 of your top four picks in your first two drafts slows the building process a bit. So does being $30 million over the cap when you take the job.

  • jackasspuria

    J Hill

    Rotoworld got it wrong.

    On the Bengals official website Hubris is listed as: Assistant Special Teams/Assistant Defensive Backs

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    How is the former president of Madison Square Garden Gruden’s pick?

  • Chris in NY

    Palmer is better than Flacco in my book. Manning is a special case because he’s essentially a player-coach. Manning, Brady, Brees and Rodgers are the only truly “elite” QBs. There are several more behind them who are very good and can win in this league. I’d put, Roethlisberger, Eli, Palmer, Ryan, Flacco, Luck, RG3 and others in this group and I expect RG3 and Luck to ascend to elite status very soon, perhaps as soon as the 2013 season.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    BillyBobJoe Unplugged Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:45 am
    O’neil is Grudens selection. I don’t know why people can’t see him and Mark are putting the pieces in place. Watch the draft. We will draft fast physical defense guys only and aquire offense guys thru FA. It will be Grudens team in ‘14.

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

    Gruden wanted a basketball guy?

  • 00tt00

    cant fathom why you liked the Hue hire, he is huge reason why we cant get great players, he effed this franchise up big time..

    yeah, we all wanted great coaches, but you gotta realize we cant force them to go here, so as long we have a crappy history no-one will go here.. I think DA is absolutely right guy in this transition-phase and I think Reggie is absolutely right guy to get us through this phase..
    ——————-
    because the moment we hired hue on as OC we saw the offense gain yards like we havent seen in almost a decade…..so many years sitting there watching horrendous bad offensive football and then we become one of the most explosive teams in the league….if you wanted stability reggie could have dealt with his insecurities and kept hue on and right now we would be going on year 4 with the same O and players in tact

    reggie needed to fix the D….thats where the problem players, problem contracts and problem coaching was…..if reggie let hue hire his own DC he could have attracted someone with more experience than tarver……..we still would have had to cut the big salaries and replace them with talent that is not that good…but the O andD systems could have been installed last year…..

    now look…when you talk about consistancy…even though DA is still here we are changing the O all over again…….and lets be realistic…..who believes this is going to work

    REGGIE PERPETUATED THE INCONSISTANCY

  • RaiderRetribution

    Cut McClain & Kelly, improve defense exponentially and get us under the cap all at the same time.

    We need to pray Palmer chooses to retire to save the cap hit.
    Definitely restructure DHB, McFadden, Tollefson, Brisiel, and a couple others to make even more room, and/or trade release.

  • rediaR

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Hue set this franchise back another four years with the palmer trade, he abused his authority; no way he should’ve been retained.
    —————————
    If we didn’t do that trade, we probably don’t win another game that season and finish 4-11 with the #4 pick. Reggie probably tries to compete with the Redskins to move up to the two spot to draft RGIII. When that possibly fails, we draft Claiborne or Tanehill. We also will fail to land Flynn and Manning because of cap room (among other things). We go into this season with Campbell again, in competition with either Tanehill, RGIII or Kirk Cousins(our third round pick).

    The rest is (fake) history.

  • jackasspuria

    This is basically a ‘homer’ article on O’Neil because it’s from Vilanova — O’Neil’s alma mater, but, it does give a little bit of a background on him.

    http://www.vuhoops.com/villanova-basketball/2012/12/14/3765704/villanova-needs-scott-oneil

  • DJ Johnny

    Kind of interesting with all this talk this week of the lack of minority hirings for coaching jobs, and when u look at what the Raiders did with a minority GM firing a minority HC and then hiring a rookie HC in DA.

    I wonder Herm Edwards thinks about that.

    I’m not trying to start a Hue debate….it’s a done deal, I just find it interesting.

  • jackasspuria

    RediaR

    My biggest grip with Hubris when he was given the authority when Al Davis passes was letting Chuck B hang around as DC when it was clear to even Hubris Chuck B was the guy holding the team back.

    Also, as one NFL pundit noted, if Hubris was truly the offensive genius, he could have made Boller into an adequate starter and didn’t need to make the trade for Palmer.

  • 00tt00

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 10:59 am
    Kind of interesting with all this talk this week of the lack of minority hirings for coaching jobs, and when u look at what the Raiders did with a minority GM firing a minority HC and then hiring a rookie HC in DA.
    ————-
    raider coaching staff looks like a golf foursome at an exclusive white only country club

  • DJ Johnny

    Fault lies with having Kyle Boller as your backup, but that is the nature of when your starting QB goes down.

    Bears are 7-3 before Cutler goes down and then lose 5 of 6 to end the season with Caleb Hanie.

    It’s just one of those things that happens and you’re screwed.

    If Manning goes down in Denver they would’ve had Osweiller to take over.

    Who’s Rivers backup in SD?

    Would Balt. be playing today if Flacco had gone down?

  • RaiderRetribution

    We need our Raiders to draft a player that will be an all-pro in two years, not just a pro-bowler.

    I know we need a pass rusher more than anything, however the more highlights I see Warmack is the best player on the draft board; and I truly think he will make Vehldeer & Wisniewski a better LT/C respectively playing between them.

  • DJ Johnny

    Do any of you guys think if Aaron Rodgers were here..or one of the true “elites” that we would’ve gone to the playoffs this past season?

  • RaiderRetribution

    And we don’t have palmers seventeen million dollar a year contract, we have our first and second this year, or RGIII.

  • RaiderRetribution

    738- Yes!

    Rogers our qb, we never draft Fabian or Jamarcus, we probably end up drafting Willis or Peterson instead.

  • 00tt00

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:14 am
    And we don’t have palmers seventeen million dollar a year contract, we have our first and second this year, or RGIII.
    ====================
    so…raiders were in the thick of a playoff run with a very exciting offense and you would have preferred to tank the season in the hopes we draft RGIII and he pans out

    i think hue did the right thing…top draft picks bust all the time…there are no guarantees there…….a #1 and #2 is a big price tag but that is not unrealistic for a top QB

  • 00tt00

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:07 am
    We need our Raiders to draft a player that will be an all-pro in two years, not just a pro-bowler.

    I know we need a pass rusher more than anything, however the more highlights I see Warmack is the best player on the draft board; and I truly think he will make Vehldeer & Wisniewski a better LT/C respectively playing between them.
    ==============
    you dont draft a guard in the top 15…..you just dont….

    we arent going to have any DT’s and star gives us the ability to flip back and forth between a 3-4 and a 4-3……take a look at the afc championship game today…..wilfork and ngata

  • CDERaider

    The Raiders cap situatio is not as bad as McKenzie andMckenzie apologists would lead you to believe. Assuming we say goodbye to Seymour, DHB takes a significant paycut or gets cut, Brisiel is waived, maybe TK is waived and another move or two (I say trade Branch) then RM will have plent of room to work with. If Palmer is traded and we can avoid that cap hit then we’ll have a ton of room. I don’t think we should do that, but if that happens then forget about the cap excuse.

    ————————————————-

    It actually is. DHB, McClain, Kelly need to be straight up released. That should get us initial cap relief. Problem is we have to fill 1/3 of the roster with very limited resources. We should resign Bryant, Shaunasty, Wheeler, Myers and maybe Adams to 3 year deals but otherwise its 1 year min contracts for the rest of the roster. Rookie contracts are cap friendly because of the slotted salaries and signing bonuses are spread out over the life of the deal (4 years).

    Palmer deal has really F’d up the works. He’s making elite money. Really can’t cut/trade him in 2013 committed bonuses cap accelerated to $17 million! without someone ready to replace him. He’s cap is $13 million if he stays on the roster. His 2014 cap number is something insane like $19 million! Terrible deal signing him – we get so screwed on the draft picks, initial contract extension, and *then* he restructures last year to ensure cap punishment through 2014. His contract is voidable in 2015 but the Raiders are cap committed to him for the next 2 years.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    49ers better wake up… lol

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Al Davis would be proud.

    Long live Al.

    Just Win Baby.

  • chalktalk

    THIS IS THE WRONG TYPE OF COACHING STAFF 4 THIS TYPE OF CITY AND THESE TYPE OF PLAYERS
    UR IN oakland

  • gangosix

    good morning catfish,did anyone hear about wes welkers wife going off on ray ray after the loss sunday,on twitter? she had choice words about his married and family life,and about him covering up a murder and being a “role model”. classic sour grapes.

  • Twinkle

    1 Nation #1
    mornin all!!
    *****************
    So glad the ravens smacked boston in their proverbial kisser….a beautiful sight…bundchen wanting nothing to do with the football in the 4th quarter.The sideline being his first and only read and got fined to boot.
    Can you imagine a SB played between frisco and boston?
    Now at least we have a club to root for and it ain’t santa clara.

  • Twinkle

    Baltimore….now there is a D.Dog bless em.Go the Ray Lewis’.