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Hue Jackson shaking up Raiders’ coaching staff

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New Raiders head coach Hue Jackson is assembling his coaching staff, and although the Raiders do everything behind closed doors, two names have surfaced as candidates to become the team’s next defensive coordinator: Chuck Bresnahan and Joe Cullen.

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune reports that Bresnahan, who was the Raiders’ defensive coordinator from 2000 to 2002, has spoken with Jackson. The two previously worked together in Cincinnati.

McDonald also writes that Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported on Twitter that Joe Cullen would interview for the Raiders’ defensive coordinator job in the coming weeks, although I don’t see that report on La Canfora’s Twitter.

The names of five Raiders assistants were removed from the team’s web site today, presumably meaning none of them will be back. Those five are linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik and assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan.

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27 Responses to “Hue Jackson shaking up Raiders’ coaching staff”
  1. jc1958coo says: Jan 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    five new coaches, al davis,al davis,al davis,al davis& al davis! super bowl time!!

  2. tooz56 says: Jan 25, 2011 8:16 PM

    One of the best running games in the league this past season..HEY Let’s get rid of the entire O-line coaching staff ! Great Job AL !! Kinda like drafting Fabian Washington one spot BEFORE Green Bay took Aaron Rodgers !

  3. tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Bresnahan? Not again. Mr. Prevent defense.

  4. mystereo says: Jan 25, 2011 8:18 PM

    Isn’t Joe Cullen the guy who got busted for going through a fast food drive-thru while naked?

  5. geezohman says: Jan 25, 2011 8:34 PM

    too bad, i didn’t think they did too bad with all the previous upheaval over the years…

    being a Steeler fan, I really don’t follow them all that close… seems like alot of changes though…

    Pittsburgh, 4th coach since 1969.

    Cleveland 6th coach since 1999, 17 starting QBs…

    teams need to minimize change and build !

  6. jaxx12 says: Jan 25, 2011 8:38 PM

    Cal already announced they’d hired Michalczik, so that’s no surprise.

    Bresnahan was inept when he was in Oakland before. There’s not much reason to believe stints with the Bengals and in the UFL or whatever it’s called has made him any less so. He would be a horrible hire, which makes him perfect for the Raiders.

    Cullen is the best coach to ever take off all his clothes and hit the local drive-thru. I suppose that’s at least something.

  7. marcsasharc says: Jan 25, 2011 8:38 PM

    really Hue? those are the 2 names you got? sheesh.

  8. tdl8 says: Jan 25, 2011 8:39 PM

    Way to go Al Davis… Your team finally shows some improvement and you hire a new puppet and allow him to change the whole staff! This is great news for the rest of the teams in the AFC West! They won’t go 6-0 in the division again next year!

  9. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jan 25, 2011 8:47 PM

    Only Clueless Al Davis would want those guys as a DC….

    When Bresnahan was in Oakland running the “Coach” Davis vanilla man to man no blitz D he was a failure. Cullen while coaching in Detroit is best know for going through a fast food drive through nude and getting a DUI…..

    Suks to be us Raider fan……

  10. sagnam says: Jan 25, 2011 9:12 PM

    Joe “Driving Naked” Cullen as the DC? Quality.

  11. tomnickle says: Jan 25, 2011 10:06 PM

    Joe Cullen? Same Joe Cullen who went to a drive-thru in the nude while with the Lions?

    Yep, that’s a good hire.

  12. boknowsvt says: Jan 25, 2011 10:24 PM

    It’s going to be Winston Moss.

  13. southtexasraider says: Jan 25, 2011 10:31 PM

    the offensive line coaches were hues decision….. they were cable guys.

  14. tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:48 PM

    Both names are a smoke screen. He’s waiting for Kevin Greene.

  15. contraryguy says: Jan 25, 2011 11:21 PM

    I keep scrolling past these Raider stories, and it hasn’t registered yet… Hue Jackson is a head coach? Really? Wow. This could only get better if next year’s Hard Knocks takes place in Oakland.

  16. paulnoga says: Jan 25, 2011 11:43 PM

    Doesn’t Al Davis have any kids that he can make coaches?

  17. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Jan 25, 2011 11:52 PM

    southtexasraider says:
    Jan 25, 2011 10:31 PM
    the offensive line coaches were hues decision….. they were cable guys

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    Does that mean that you can see their butt crack?

  18. cytofed says: Jan 25, 2011 11:57 PM

    In other news, Jackson kept wide recievers coach Sanjay Lal because he is coach Davis next pet project to be the next/first Indian American head coach of the NFL. Coach Davis is looking to make history agian 2nd to the hiering of Art Shell. Look like Heyward-Bey isnt gonna be a superstar for at least another year if at all.

  19. blacksunday1 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:20 AM

    We have one the best running scheme and the dynamic duos response is to eliminate the entire coaching staff. We’re on our way back to mediocrity at best.

  20. alpod says: Jan 26, 2011 12:38 AM

    Jerry McDonald has since said that it was a fake La Confora Twitter account that he got the Cullen info from.

  21. itsmebobd says: Jan 26, 2011 12:56 AM

    Isnt it great to be a bengals fan. We had a receivers coach in hue jackson, who was not only good enough to be an NFL offensive coordinator, but developed Chad Johnson, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Chris Henry (RIP), Kevin Walter and Kelley Washington in his tenure as receivers coach. But the bengals kept Bob Bratkowski instead of promoting hue, such an idiotic thing that Palmer is willing to retire and cedric benson will not be back because of the marvin lewis/bratkowski combo. He gets the shaft in atlanta by not being given enough time and not a chance by mike smith, but is still good enough to land a job as the ravens QB coach, coaching up Joe Flacco into a starting NFL QB. But hue goes from receivers coach to NFL head coach in only 5 years, 2 of which he served as offensive coordinator. He turned an abysmal oakland raiders offense with the likes of jason campbell into a respectable offense. Jacoby ford, a no-name is looking pretty good, and he has done the best he can with D Heyward Bay. The sad thing is, no matter what this guy does he still works for al davis, and will not be able to win because lets face it nobody wants to go coach in oakland. I think hue should hire Dennis Green or Brad Childress for OC. For Defensive coordinator, chuck “prevent (us from winning)” breshnahan should be the last choice ever. Sadly this may be the only guy willing to go coach defense for the raiders.

  22. tatum064 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:26 AM

    “Bresnahan was inept when he was in Oakland before. There’s not much reason to believe stints with the Bengals and in the UFL or whatever it’s called has made him any less so. He would be a horrible hire, which makes him perfect for the Raiders.”

    Brenahan had them in a Super Bowl and the won 3 straight AFC West Division titles, IDIOT. Cincinnati tends to make anybody look bad. Look what happened when Dick LeBeau tried to coach there.

    Jesus, what clowns.

  23. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2011 6:00 AM

    tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Bresnahan? Not again. Mr. Prevent defense.

    tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:48 PM

    Both names are a smoke screen. He’s waiting for Kevin Greene.
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    That’s it, no more useless comments from the peanut gallery?

  24. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 7:58 AM

    just leave the packers coaching staff alone! besides who will go work for nut job and puppet coach?

  25. blacktoothgrinn says: Jan 26, 2011 8:57 AM

    This is just speculation, think of it this way, Al is letting Hue pick his coaching staff rather than Al picking everyone. By all accounts Hue is a pretty good coach and he will make good picks for the rest of his staff.

  26. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Jan 26, 2011 9:23 AM

    Now all Jackson needs to do is shake up his depth chart, at quarterback: If Jason Campbell was going to a lead an NFL team anywhere, he would have long since done it by now.

    Back on opening day, the Raiders fielded a starting roster that averaged 6’4″ and 259 pounds. This is believed to have been the biggest starting roster in NFL history.

    With all that size and brute force, an infusion of real talent at QB would make Oakland a prime threat not only in the AFC West – where the Chiefs will have to take a more than 100-percentage-point jump in strength of schedule next year, based on the 2010 final records – but in the conference as a whole.

  27. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 26, 2011 9:23 AM

    blacksunday1 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 12:20 AM
    We have one the best running scheme and the dynamic duos response is to eliminate the entire coaching staff. We’re on our way back to mediocrity at best.
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    You apparently don’t follow the Raiders very closely.

    It wasn’t until this year when Hue Jackson arrived that McFadden had a break out year. Under Cable’s play calling and strict zone blocking scheme McFadden struggled.

    Hue was allowed to implement some power schemes and take over play calling, and you see what McFadden can do. The running game won’t take a step back.

    Cable’s unwillingness to change from zone blocking caused some discontent and was another partial reason for his contract not being renewed. Don’t be surprised if Robert Gallery isn’t resigned either. He flourished under the zone scheme but prior to that he struggled.

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