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Raiders move even closer to rounding out coaching staff

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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    Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Resign Bryant, Shaughnessy, and Wheeler.
    Release/ trade TK and McClain.
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    so simple can it be said.

    Furthermore, TEs, re-sign Myers if not, then try to get Logan Paulsen

  • Myopinion

    Noone knows for sure either way. Theres a good chance tp just started really working on his game. I mean,as a real qb. Id imagine hes been consisedered a god since probably 12 yrs old. easy to let thatget to your head. He dominated everything til becominf a pro. It seems that tatoo situation was the best thing that could of happened to him. Hes humbled. and noone can disagree his character has seemed to do a 180. Like him or.not. Hes the one player you just cant know for sure. Put his college comp. %, ill say thats before he actually had to put any work in

  • RAIDERMAN99

    SF up to -6
    NE down to -7.5

    Books will be rooting for ATL and BAL today.

    Futures line for the SB:
    AFC -2.5

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RDE: Moore
    DT: Houston, Bryant
    DT: FA, Bilukidi
    LDE: Shaughnessy, Jenkins

    OLB: Wheeler
    MLB: Andrew Jackson
    OLB: Burris

    CB: FA
    CB: Adams/ Chekwa/ Ross

    FS: Huff
    SS: Branch

  • Just Fire Baby

    Falcons ML is the value play of the day, take the Ravens with the points, and the over

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Excuse me, meant to say books will be rooting for ATL and NE

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LMN,

    I think April did well with the Eagles, but he had talented players like Jackson, Maclin, etc..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    If (big if) we can trade down:
    1- DE/ OLB Moore (if he was available for some reason) or DT/ NT J Hankins
    2- CB Xavier Rhodes or CB D Amerson
    3- DE Brandon Jenkins
    4- MLB Andrew Jackson

  • BillyBobJoe Unplugged

    Raiders need to draft all defense and aquire what they need on offense thru FA. Get this built so in ’14, Gruden is off and running.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Just Fire Baby Says:

    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!!!!

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    JFB.

    I noticed the same thing about Hue and Olson with one big difference.

    In Hue’s 2 previous gigs as OC he was running Spurrier’s offense in Washington and Petrino’s in Atlanta, as you know that didn’t last long, it wasn’t until he came to the Raiders that he was able to develop his own type of offense.

    In Olson’s case, he also took over another guy’s offense in Detroit (Mariucci) for 5 games and the Rams (Linehan), he then took over Jeff Jagodzinky’s offense in his 1st year in Tampa (2009) and then was able to implement his own in 2010 and 2011 with mixed results, 2010 was good, 2011 was really bad.

    The point is we have seen Olson run his own offense before, Tampa Bay in 2010-2011, we did not see Hue’s offense until he arrived here.

    Truth is, I’m very slowly warming up to Greg Olson, as long as he designs an offense that fits the players we should get better, how much better? we’ll have to wait on that one.

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    Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    LMN,

    I think April did well with the Eagles, but he had talented players like Jackson, Maclin, etc..
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    based on what?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m certainly not enthused with the Olson pickup, I would have much preferred Martz, but I will stay with my typical cautiously optimistic approach.

    I guess the whole “anyone but Knapp” theory will be put to the test.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Falcons ML is the value play of the day,
    ===================
    Based on their record at home, it would seem that way.

    But I’m not sold on ATL.

    As I’ve stated before, any team that should have lost to the RAIDS has no business sniffing the SB.

    On a neutral field, there’s little doubt in my mind that the Niners work the Falcs.

    SF has the better D and the better ground game.

    They’re more physical.

    ATL folds in the playoffs, again.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And can someone tweet Jerry or Cork and ask them for clarification on the Reggie quote on Norv?

    Was the “was” supposed to be a “Was” or was it supposed to be a “Wasn’t”, as far as him being interested.

  • BillyBobJoe Unplugged

    All the AFC West teams are being built to beat the Raiders. Raiders need to be built to beat all teams in the NFL. Starts with Gruden in ’14. Set the table this year. ’14 will be the return of the Raiders. ’13 will be bumpy at best. Bring back the days of Pride and Poise, Commitment to Excellence and Just Win Baby. This will be a year to get the team in order for ’14. To many bugs to fix in one season. Won’t happen this year. We are to wishy washy right now, but if Big Reg can lay it down, ’14 will be big.

  • Charlie

    Raider O

    595 was a very solid and objective evaluation of our situation and I agree with most of it.

    I still beleive our line talent RELATIVE TO GOOD COMPETITION is a bit worse that your assessment but that is a minor issue.

    The point I have tried to make for a while is that Raider player talent is far below what many on this blog seem to think. The best comparison to a gold standard if you will is how we have performed against playoff teams for the last ten years.

    The stats that matter the most are wins and losses. I would hope most agree with that.

    OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS THE RAIDERS ARE 9-51 AGAINST PLAYOFF TEAMS. 9-51.
    Though garbage time can imapact it, I calculated point differential because it is frightening.
    The point differential in the losses is a whopping 29-12.
    The 2011 Raiders (some seem to think that team was a juggernaut on the cusp of greatness) under Hue were 2-4 against playoff teams winning by an average of 4 points and losing by an average of 15 points per game.

    THAT IS THE COLD REALITY UNDER SEVEN DIFFERENT COACHING STAFFS.

    A MASSIVE GAP IN TALENT AGAINST GOOD NFL COMPETITION.
    In my opinion the gap in talent against elite competition is so great we will need two very solid drafts to get close to being relevant again.
    That is why I have said coaching and scheme mean very little until we fix the talent problem.

  • mikeschoice

    What do you think Reggie will have to receive in picks to consider trading Pryor?

  • Just Fire Baby

    OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS THE RAIDERS ARE 9-51 AGAINST PLAYOFF TEAMS. 9-51

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    I bet more than half of those wins were under the great Tommy Cable.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I guess the whole “anyone but Knapp” theory will be put to the test.
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    Krapp sucking isn’t a theory. It’s an indisputable fact.

    Olson might turn out to be a turd as well, but the chances of him being worse than Krapp are next to nil.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What do you think Reggie will have to receive in picks to consider trading Pryor?

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    Mid to early 3rd or better. What we paid for him.

    I don’t think he would do it for a package of later picks (say a 5th and6th this year, and a 5th next year) type thing.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Charlie,

    I got it from Walter Football. I agree with it too.
    Well said Charlie. Excellent post, and you can’t argue with that logic.

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    Raider O..

    Bobby April on his performance in 2011..

    –”The Philadelphia Eagles’ kickoff-return average of 20.9 yards last season ranked 31st in the NFL. Their 7.07-yard punt-return average ranked 28th. “We were terrible,” special teams coordinator Bobby April said. “We had terrible results … It’s hard to put a finger on (exactly why), we were just really inept. I can only say the ineptitude comes from me, because what we were asking guys to do, they were unable to perform it.”"–

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-06-07/sports/32079920_1_desean-jackson-kickoff-eagles

  • RAIDERMAN99

    That is why I have said coaching and scheme mean very little until we fix the talent problem.
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    Coaching and scheme still mean plenty.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:25 am
    Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    LMN,

    I think April did well with the Eagles, but he had talented players like Jackson, Maclin, etc..
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    based on what?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Dakota Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 6:53 am
    Posted 12 hours ago
    By Chris McPherson
    The Oakland Raiders announced on Saturday evening that they have named Bobby April as their new special teams coordinator. April had spent the past three seasons in the same role with the Eagles. It’s another position that will have to be filled by new head coach Chip Kelly, who provided an update on the coaching search earlier in the day.

    This past season, punter Mat McBriar averaged 46.5 yards per punt and punt returner Damaris Johnson returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown at Dallas, marking a franchise record and tying for the third-longest punt return in NFL history. Kicker Alex Henery set a franchise record with 22 consecutive successful field goal attempts.

    In 2011, April successfully integrated a rookie kicker and a rookie punter into the league. Henery set a team record connecting on 88.9 percent of his field goal tries, connecting on his last 16 attempts. April’s punt-coverage unit allowed just 176 return yards, the fourth fewest in the NFL, and the team ranked third in the league in yards per return.

    In his first season with the Eagles in 2010, April’s group ranked seventh in the NFL in net-punting average, ninth in kickoff coverage and 12th in punt return average. Kicker David Akers led the league in scoring and was selected for the Pro Bowl, while punter Sav Rocca set a franchise record with a 39.0 net-punting average.

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    Raider O..

    in 2012 they once again was down in the late 20′s

    http://www.csnphilly.com/football-philadelphia-eagles/eagles-talk/April-blames-himself-for-Eagles-special-?blockID=802285

    no wonder he was fired, bad HIRE, BAD BAD BAD..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Was April the coach responsible for having the Eagle return man lie down on the turf in an attempt to hide him ?

    That was pretty funny.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I know D Jackson is a great returner, nut he needs people to block.
    Like I said, I thought April did a good job with the Eagles, but he did have great talent to work with.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    As far as the Terrelle Pryor debate…

    The kid is not a precise thrower yet and he may never become one, except for the deep ball where he seems to have some nice touch, but his ability to move around and create time allows receivers to break free, get open and for him to make easy throws and not have to force the ball into tight windows, if everyone is covered he can always take off and run.

    You can design an offense around his skills if you implement some moving pockets and some of the pistol-zone-read stuff.

    I see this guy as Vince Young without the baggage, TP has the drive and work ethic that VY lacked, we have also seen some leadership skills in TP that VY also lacked once he got in the NFL, and Pryor is twice the athlete VY was.

    I think TP is in a good spot right now, by becoming the backup QB he’s finally going to get some serious reps and be able to develop faster, something the kid has lacked the previous 2 years.

    TP remains a project, but people writting him off already are wrong, I remember a guy who was told he was not an NFL QB and people tried to make him a DB but he kept working hard and after a few years he turned into a prety good QB, his name was Rich Gannon.

    Let’s just give TP another year, now as the back-up and see how far he can take it, kid is cheap, works hard and has unbelievable athleticism, he’s worth the shot.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    But*

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

    WOW, thats painting it nice..

    ONE stat from ONE game, even though their general stats suck..

    we should have hired some new guy from college or something, Bobby April sucks..

    im waiting for one of my philly friends to send me the stats, but all places he have been his STs have been bad except the 2 times he won ST coach of the year…

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    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Was April the coach responsible for having the Eagle return man lie down on the turf in an attempt to hide him ?

    That was pretty funny.
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    I loved that, it ws very clever, only sad that one player effed up down the field..

  • REALLIONAIREB

    I 2nd that bob

  • Charlie

    JFB

    Correct. 5-13 under Cable against playoff teams.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Bobby April has a track-record of success at what he does, no other Coach on our staff has it and that’s enough to make him a good hire.

    April would have been able to find a job as ST Coach in the NFL other than the Raiders, can’t say that about our HC, OC or DC.

    ST’s has become a pretty tough job because your players are always changing from one year to the next, bottom of the roster guys who end up as Special Teamers don’t last long on a single NFL roster, so continuity is not there to work with, you almost have to start all over every year.

  • Charlie

    Raidermann

    I said UNTIL we fix the talent problem.

    When you are not only losing 85% of your games against playoff teams but getting pummeled by almost 30-10 on average, the team is dead from a talent perspective.
    Too many holes to compete.

    Once we actually rebuild a bit I agree that coaching and scheme can make a difference.

    The talent gap has simply been too big for any coach to make a big impact. That is why ten different staffs over the past decade have basically gotten the SAME results with the Raiders.

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “I guess the whole “anyone but Knapp” theory will be put to the test.”

    This is so funny!

  • Just Fire Baby

    and Pryor is twice the athlete VY was.

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    Wow, I don’t know about that.

    I think it is very debatable VY is a better athlete, certainly not half the athlete.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    When we got Palmer he said he had “9mill saved in the bank so money was never the issue” so I think he will be up for restructure of his contract unless he doesn’t wanna be a Raider!!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    TP remains a project, but people writting him off already are wrong, I remember a guy who was told he was not an NFL QB and people tried to make him a DB but he kept working hard and after a few years he turned into a prety good QB, his name was Rich Gannon.

    Let’s just give TP another year, now as the back-up and see how far he can take it, kid is cheap, works hard and has unbelievable athleticism, he’s worth the shot.
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    I’m very skeptical about TP’s throwing ability.

    The way I look at it is:

    If TP can throw well, he can be a franchise QB.

    If TP is only a mediocre passer, he still has enough other attributes and intangibles to be a viable NFL QB.

    If TP is an atrocious passer – TE or WR, here we come.

    Taking it a step further…

    When you’re 4-12 and perilously close to being 0-16 without KC and the Jags on the schedule…

    When it’s pretty obvious that building around CP isn’t feasible…

    It’s time to make a fking move.

    START TP.

    Make a determination on him ASAP.

    Absolutely NOTHING to lose.

    Couldn’t give a crap if we go 0-16 with TP.

    If that happens we’ll know we need a QB and be in position to draft the best one. Maybe Manziel.

    But for Christ’s sake let’s get off the dime and keep our eye on the prize. LOMBARDI NUMBER 4.

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    Bob Marley Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Bobby April has a track-record of success at what he does, no other Coach on our staff has it and that’s enough to make him a good hire.

    April would have been able to find a job as ST Coach in the NFL other than the Raiders, can’t say that about our HC, OC or DC.

    ST’s has become a pretty tough job because your players are always changing from one year to the next, bottom of the roster guys who end up as Special Teamers don’t last long on a single NFL roster, so continuity is not there to work with, you almost have to start all over every year.
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    BULL!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Raidermann

    I said UNTIL we fix the talent problem.
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    I know what you said Charlie.

    I disagree.

    I maintain that coaching and scheme are plenty important even while you’re fixing the talent problem.

  • Myopinion

    I think our situation, makes tp a good fit. To the ones who hate him, but also are begging to use our personell to thier syrengths. Its kind of a contradiction to me. Our recievers are in no way polished recievers, more like bad ass athletes, who need time and space to be elite, mc20 also, you cant say cp gives that. For cp to be at his best he needs everything to be oerfect, great oline, great wrs and a great d, cause we all know he will put them in awful situations. Maybe the patriots would be what he needs

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    RAIDERMAN99

    Yeah, Vince Young was an average passer at best and he had great success early in his career, but he lacked the drive and work ethic to get better, then he started with some attitude issues and ended up wasting his career.

    I think TP has the same kind of potential except he comes with the right attitude, if he can put it all together we might have something here.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    VY was a shirtless loser who likes to get drunk and dance with other shirtless teammates from Texas.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw, TP is a better Athlete than VY. Look at VY’s pic shirtless drinking/ dancing with Texas teammates. Compare that with TP’s pic/ video running shirtless at his pro day.

  • Charlie

    Raidermann

    I feel (and the last ten years show) that coaching and scheme will not make a difference in wins and losses till the talent gap is closed.

    I do believe that changing schemes and coaches every year or two is disastrous for any NFL team. Without some continuity in the player evaluation process you make new coaches revisit issues again and again, thereby delaying progress not accelerating it.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Bob, I agree.

    We might have something here.

    Something really good.

    I know people keep talking about TP’s delivery stinking like VY’s.

    I don’t see that at all.

    I actually think his throwing motion looks pretty darned good.

    People keep saying he throws floaters and don’t think he has good arm strength.

    I think his arm strength is good. The floaters I saw against SD seemed to be a result of him trying to put too much ‘touch’ on his longer throws.

    I like the kid.

    Don’t buy for a second that he’s too dumb to learn an offense or read a defense.

    JaMoron, yes. Lost cause from day one.

    Pryor, no. He will get it.

    I’m not too worried about TP getting his shot.

    Personally, I’m convinced CP is done and 2013 is his last year as a RAIDER and probably as an NFL player.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Meanwhile, I see our President just took the Oath of Office for his second term.

    Too bad MistaBrown’s not here. I’d LOVE to ask him when the “Romney Landslide” is going to happen.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Plunketthead

    Raiders to hire new head of operations

    Scott Oneil to take over as head of franchise?

    He ran Madison Square Garden?

  • morilla

    Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Btw, TP is a better Athlete than VY. Look at VY’s pic shirtless drinking/ dancing with Texas teammates. Compare that with TP’s pic/ video running shirtless at his pro day

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    Do you generally image search shirtless athletes?