Reggie McKenzie might be bringing sweeping changes to the Oakland Raiders but some things appear as though they’ll never change. One such policy that will likely remain a hallmark of the Raiders franchise is the ever present cone of silence that cloaks the organization. While most NFL clubs issue timely press releases the Raiders are happy to let their “news” be rumor until they confirm it.
This week was filled with numerous reports on coaching hires as Dennis Allen fills out his staff. Until yesterday all we had were press reports on new hires. The Raiders issued the following statement on their website.
The Oakland Raiders have added seven coaches to the 2012 coaching staff, including three assistants who were with the Silver and Black last season.
Kelly Skipper returns for his sixth season with the Raiders and his fourth as running backs coach, while Frank Pollack joins the Silver and Black as offensive line coach. Steve Wisniewski will serve as assistant offensive line coach after spending last season in the same capacity, while Al Miller joins the staff as strength and conditioning coach and will be assisted by John Grieco. Defensive quality control coach Eric Sanders returns to the Raiders for his third season, while former Raiders fullback Justin Griffith assumes offensive quality control duties.
In addition the team also confirmed the hiring of Steve Hoffman as John Fassel’s replacement on special teams.
Now that leaves a healthy portion of the defensive staff to be hired most notably defensive coordinator. Thus far the Raiders haven’t had much luck in nailing down a candidate. Rest assured Coach Allen will be logging some long hours in his quest to find the right mind for the silver and black defense. Unlike most every head coach hired by Al Davis, Allen is a defensive coach so he knows what message was sent by his hiring.