ALAMEDA CA - JANUARY 18: New Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson pauses as he speaks to reporters during a press conference on January 18 2011 in Alameda California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders replacing the fired Tom Cable. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hue Jackson Begins Coaching Staff Interviews

Now that Hue Jackson has been hired as Raiders head coach, we'll provide updates on who he adds to his coaching staff. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Taking Shape By Subtraction

The Oakland Raiders coaching staff has five fewer members. The following coaches were either fired or not re-signed: linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner, quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik and assistant line coach Chris Morgan. In typical Raiders fashion this news was made available by the simple deletion of their names for the team website.

None of these moves could come as a big surprise. In fact, Jim Michalczik has already been introduced as the offensive line coach for the California Golden Bears.

The most interesting bit here is that two of the more maligned coaches by fans remain on the roster. It appears that both special teams coach John Fassel and wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal will be back with the club next year. Fassel’s special teams saw immense improvements in kickoff returns, but slipped a bit in coverage.

As for Lal, he takes a lot of criticism, but I am not sure what people expect. He is a coach, not a miracle wielding genie. As below average as the Raiders receivers were, they showed improvements. It is also worth mentioning that rookie Jacoby Ford went way beyond expectations as part of both Fassel’s and Lal’s groups.

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Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator: New/Old Names Come Up In Search

The Oakland Raiders' search for a new defensive coordinator exists in the public solely in the land of speculation. Throw in the names of Chuck Bresnahan and Joe Cullen into that speculation mix. The legitimacy of the candidacy for these two is certainly up for debate

It was reported earlier that Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported that current Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen would be visiting Oakland for an interview in the coming weeks. It was then quickly revealed that the tweet did not come from the real Jason LaCanfora. Who sets up a fake LaCanfora Twitter account and tweets something as mundane as that? My guess is Joe Cullen's agent. 

The other new name to surface today is a familiar one: Chuck Bresnahan. Bresnahan was the Raiders defensive coordinator the last time the Raiders were any good and he is currently the defensive coordinator for the mighty Florida Tuskers of the UFL. Bresnahan was also the defensive coordinator for the Bengals when Hue Jackson served as Cincinnati's wide receivers coach.

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Hue Jackson, Raiders Reportedly Hire Al Saunders As Offensive Coordinator

Within a day of interviewing for the position, Al Saunders has reportedly been hired as the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator. Although Hue Jackson indicated he will be the primary play-caller, Saunders will likely have a lot of input in his offensive coordinator role. However, it remains to be seen what Saunders’ specific role will be. He’s well-respected around the league, and as his resume below shows, he’s got a ton of experience on the offensive side of the ball.

It will be interesting to see how a former offensive coordinator like Hue Jackson can handle working with an offensive coordinator who has done a lot in the NFL. There’s the potential for some great things with the Raiders offense. If Jackson and Saunders can work well together, the Raiders could take the next step.

Al Saunders Resume
1970-71 – USC – Graduate Assistant
1972 – Missouri – Wide Receivers
1973-75 – Utah State – Running Backs
1976-81 – Cal – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Assistant Head Coach
1982 – Tennessee – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1983-86 – San Diego Chargers – Wide Receivers
1986-88 – San Diego Chargers – Head Coach
1989-98 – Kansas City Chiefs – Wide Receivers/Assistant Head Coach
1999-00 – St. Louis Rams – Wide Receivers/Assistant Head Coach
2001-05 – Kansas City Chiefs – Offensive Coordinator
2006-07 – Washington Redskins – Assistant Head Coach
2008 – St. Louis Rams – Offensive Coordinator
2009-10 – Baltimore Ravens – Offensive Coordinator

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