Hue Jackson is getting some of those cooks out of his kitchen as word spread that both Ted Tollner and Paul Hackett were among 5 coaches let go yesterday. Aside from linebackers coach Mike Haulchak, the rest of the newest coaching vacancies are all on the offensive side of the ball. Offensive line coach Jim Michalczik is returning to Cal while assistant line coach Chris Morgan is also no longer listed on the Raiders’ staff.
Those that read JBB know there will be no love lost for Hackett. Among the most overrated coaches in all of football, Hackett’s tenure as quarterbacks coach was unproductive to say the least. Being unable to get anything out of JaMarcus Russell – though not even Bill Walsh could make that miracle happen – was Hackett’s first failure and his lone success might have been making Bruce Gradkowski occasionally look like an NFL caliber QB instead of the noodle-armed journeyman he is.
Tollner’s role as Passing Game Coordinator was no longer needed with both Jackson and now Al Saunders in the mix. As stated previously there were just too many cooks with spoons in the pot as far as the offense goes.
Now the attention finally turns to the defense where names like Winston Moss, Chuck Bresnahan and Joe Cullen are making the rounds through the rumor mill to replace John Marshall.