Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports first Tweeted the news and now Bill Williamson of ESPN.com has confirmed Steve Wisniewski has cleared out his office and is no longer working with the Raiders in an assistant coaching capacity. Perhaps this move was being discussed behind closed doors for some time now. For me, personally, it is stunning and very sudden considering camp is right around the corner.
Williamson cites Wisniewski’s desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason for his abrupt departure. However Williamson also claims that Wisniewski will continue to work with the team in a different and lesser capacity.
The knee-jerk reaction is that Wisniewski never felt welcomed during the transition to the Reggie McKenzie regime. Wisniewski was one of only three members of the previous coaching staff that remained on board when Dennis Allen was hired.
Of course Wisniewski has been a part of the silver and black family long before he was hired to help coach up the O-line including working with his nephew Stefen.
Maybe this was part of the plan all along. Perhaps McKenzie and Wisniewski had an understanding in place early on that he would remain as an assistant coach during the offseason to help preserve some continuity before bowing out before camp. Or it could be that Wisniewski saw the writing on the wall and decided to depart on his own terms.
No matter the case the Raiders will open camp with Frank Pollack coaching up his unit without the aide of Wisniewski.