Depending on whom you believe Chuck Bresnahan and much have his defensive staff have already been fired or will be fired. Either way Bresnahan’s prospects of being in the East Bay for another year seem about as probable as Tim Tebow leading the NFL in passer rating.
Hue Jackson not only threw Bresnahan under the bus after Oakland’s loss to the Chargers. In the following days Jackson has backed that bus up a few times. Coach Jackson said the writing was pretty much on the wall way back when the Raiders lost a huge lead to the Buffalo Bills in the second game of the season.
In case you’re not connecting the dots here, Bresnahan’s job is in serious jeopardy.
While the Raiders as a whole share equal blame in this season’s failures, the biggest fingers are being pointed at the defense. Unable to maintain leads, inconsistent at rushing the passer and overall just awful in the clutch (win in Houston not withstanding), the silver and black defense was beaten black and blue in 2011.
The reality is Bresnahan’s return to the Bay was always to be a figure head. That was the case with most every defensive coordinator hired by Al Davis. As we all know AD was the real DC in Oakland. Bresnahan was just supposed to be the guy that ran practice and yelled at the players on Sundays. Not saying Davis’ passing ultimately caused the defensive meltdown but in the end it was clear Bresnahan was never the man for the job.
Now before we bury a man still breathing let’s keep in mind that the Raiders did next to nothing to address their defensive shortcomings.
Nnamdi Asomugha walked and was replaced by two rookies and a castoff veteran. Quentin Groves was by some minor miracle still starting at the Will linebacker position until the Aaron Curry trade. Hiram Eugene, for whatever reason, was expected to still play a role in the secondary before he went on IR. All the while Rolando McClain still has yet to show he’s more than just a serviceable middle linebacker.
All in all Chuck B was dealt a bad hand. Still, the strength of Oakland’s D was the defensive line and this season that unit underperformed. Losing Matt Shaughnessy was a huge blow that could have been lessened had Lamarr Houston built on the strong play of his rookie campaign. Well, that didn’t happen nor did the Raiders’ run defense improve.
Currently the Raiders are denying that any decisions have been made concerning the coaching staff. At the moment the first priority should be pursuing a general manager. But the Raiders don’t need a football mind to tell them which direction they need to go defensively. Any direction that is away from Bresnahan will do just fine.
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