Well, it only took about a month but Chuck Bresnahan has finally been named defensive coordinator in an official statement made by the Oakland Raiders. This after being hired as a “defensive coach” while no other DC candidates were either pursued or interviewed.
Our long Raider National nightmare is over!
This has the look and smell of an Al Davis move. I highly doubt any other individuals seriously interested in the position would have dealt with being in limbo with regards to their job duties for this long. But Bresnahan, who wasn’t even in the NFL last year, had little to no leverage and must have been all too happy just to be collecting a healthy check.
This is yet another case of Davis placing a puppet on his staff.
John Marshall was going rogue far too often. He had the audacity to put all that Raider speed to use by, god forbid, blitzing. Not making a case for Marshall either. His time had come as he was unable to solve the deficiencies in the run defense and routinely saw his unit yield far too many points. But he did a pretty god job given the boundaries imposed by Davis.
I’m going to make a bold prediction. Bresnahan’s defense will play a base 4-3 that will rely heavily on man coverage and the front four to put pressure on the QB with little to no blitzing.
We all know who is really in charge of the defense. To Al it doesn’t matter who the coordinator is. So Bresnahan getting the DC title means as much as Colin Cowherd allowing Aaron Rodgers to enter the “QB VIP Club”.
Davis has made it clear that his defensive players matter more than the coaches. From his perspective he just needs a body to help run practice. This much is clear as Bresnahan went through two interview processes, one before being hired and another once he was named “defensive coach”.
Again, I hope Bresnahan’s D mirrors the success he had last time around in Silver and Black. But this just furthers the over emphasis on offense and the lack of commitment to defense. Sure, Davis has doled out big money to his defenders but that alone doesn’t mean he’s doing all he can to ensure success on both sides of the ball.
After all, Al knows better. He saw first hand what a difference having a competent offensive coordinator did to Oakland’s prospects. So impressed with Hue Jackson was Davis that he promoted Jackson after one year on the job.
So why not go out and find a Hue Jackson type to run the defense? Is that a crazy notion? If one man such as Jackson could elevate the offense to an elite level then just think what a visionary defensive coordinator could do with all the talent in Oakland.
The problem is competent coaches don’t do things the way their owner wants them to. They do things their way since they were hired for their ability to coach. Davis wants coaches to do things his way therefore it doesn’t matter who the coach is.
Best of luck, Chuck. For the sake of your bank account I hope you last more than two years.