Last week Oakland introduced Steve Wisniewski as the assistant offensive line coach. Yesterday, they announced who his boss will be. Bob Wylie has been hired as the offensive line coach. The Raiders made it official with a press release you can read here.
Hue Jackson gets yet another coach in his offensive cupboard and as you’d expect, he’s excited.
“Bob is a spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sergeant. His vast knowledge and experience, including last year with a team in our division will really help us as we move forward in assembling a really good offensive line.”
Wylie joins the Silver and Black after sharing similar duties for the rival Denver Donkeys. His job puts him on the hot seat as the offensive line has been among the most inconsistent performing units on the team. Wylie has made stops at all levels including a brief stint in Canada where he coached on a couple teams that made trips to the Grey Cup.
There really is no gray area in the East Bay. Wylie needs to get into the trenches and get down to business immediately. While Jared Veldheer showed great improvement over the course of his rookie year, there are plenty of holes to be filled and questions to be answered. Robert Gallery could be gone and Cooper Carlisle could be done. Meaning both guard positions might be turned over. In addition, there is still no real solution as to who will be playing opposite Veldheer at the right tackle position. Khalif Barnes has contributed little in his two years as a Raider. Langston Walker became the starter by default but was eventually replaced as the Mario Henderson experiment ended on the left side of the line.
All in all, Wylie has his work cut out for him. Hopefully Al Davis will get him some help in the draft and free agency because trying to stay the course with the same personnel just isn’t going to cut it.
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