Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles special teams coordinator Bobby April talks with players during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Make Official Hiring of Offensive, Special Teams Coordinators


And just like that the Oakland Raiders are rounding out their coaching staff for the 2013 season. Yesterday two hires became official with the announcement of Greg Olson coming on board as offensive coordinator then Bobby April being tapped as special teams coordinator.

Olson’s hiring announces the return of the power running game lost last season in Dennis Allen’s preference to switch to a zone oriented scheme. His past experience coordinating some explosives offenses in St. Louis and Tampa Bay makes Olson an ideal coach to maximize the most of Oakland’s talent very much unlike the hatchet job Greg Knapp did last season.

As for April, he arrives with a great pedigree in coaching special teams in the NFL. Twice during his lengthy career April has been named Special Teams Coach of the Year. In addition during his years of service he’s coached players that have gone to the Pro Bowl as special teamers and has helped turn around under performing units much like Oakland’s last season.

There are still a few more hires to be made but as of now the biggest one of all, offensive coordinator is locked in as the Raiders staff heads off to Alabama to coach in the Senior Bowl.

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