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Raiders make Chuck Bresnahan defensive coordinator

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In the end, the Raiders made the move everyone expected at defensive coordinator.  They just didn’t make the final decision until March.

The team promoted Chuck Bresnahan to defensive coordinator, just more than a month after hiring him as a “defensive coach.”  It will be Bresnahan’s second tour of duty as Oakland’s coordinator after serving in the role from 2000-2003.

“I am impressed with [Bresnahan's] passion, attention to detail and energy,” head coach Hue Jackson said in a statement via Twitter.  “The fact that I’ve had the chance to be in defensive meetings with Chuck and watch him lead the defensive staff made it an easy decision to name him our defensive coordinator.”

Bresnahan’s defense finished in the top ten of points allowed in two of his first three seasons as coordinator last time around, before bottoming out in a disastrous 2003 campaign.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to come back to the Raiders and work again where we had so many great years.  I’m also thrilled to be a part of this talented staff, many of whom I’ve shared previous success with,” Bresnahan said.

When Rod Woodson was hired as a defensive backs coach last month, he mentioned showing more looks next season in an effort to make more plays in the secondary.

No matter what the Raiders defense shows, there will always be a sense this is Al Davis’ defense.  That feeling certainly won’t change with a Raiders alum returning to coordinate the group for a second time.

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30 Responses to “Raiders make Chuck Bresnahan defensive coordinator”
  1. moneymike23 says: Mar 7, 2011 8:50 PM

    Was getting a new D-coordinator necessary? I thought the defense did fine last year.

  2. cincinnasti says: Mar 7, 2011 8:55 PM

    You guys forget that Hue and Chuck both coached under Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati? Hue as WR’s Coach and Chuck as “Defensive Coordinator”.

  3. raiderapologist says: Mar 7, 2011 9:02 PM

    Chuck has the title, but Al runs the defense.

  4. poodawg says: Mar 7, 2011 9:03 PM

    This guy was fired from the Bengals for his horrible job at DC.

    Good luck, Oakland.

  5. tnazvol says: Mar 7, 2011 9:08 PM

    Next!

  6. p4hbiz says: Mar 7, 2011 9:19 PM

    He went on to coach the Bengals in 04, but he had no talent like the raiders did in that streatch.. And we have R. Woodson who was also a player on those Raiders teams..

    Not Bad! #2nd in passing in 10/11 season.

  7. norcalraider510 says: Mar 7, 2011 9:21 PM

    might as well kept marshall

  8. crise40g says: Mar 7, 2011 9:22 PM

    Not digging this at all. Hopefully we don’t go prevent on every down.

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 7, 2011 9:23 PM

    They hired a fat 10 year old as their d-coordinator?

    Looks like a typically solid Raiders move.

  10. buffalohogan says: Mar 7, 2011 9:34 PM

    Was Art Shell not available?

  11. thefiesty1 says: Mar 7, 2011 9:36 PM

    If there is a season this fall Big Al will fire him after uncouple of games.

  12. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 7, 2011 9:57 PM

    I guess after you are a failure for the last quarter century why not hire a DC who has been a failure everywhere hes been….

    The perfect Puppet to run the “Coach” Davis antique-vanilla, no blitz man to man single S deep D……

    Suks to be us RaiderFans……

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 7, 2011 10:00 PM

    Seriously….does anyone NOT think that guy looks like the grown up version of any child actor ever hired to play the young Chris Farley?

  14. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 7, 2011 10:02 PM

    >>>No matter what the Raiders defense shows, there will always be a sense this is Al Davis’ defense. That feeling certainly won’t change with a Raiders alum returning to coordinate the group for a second time.<<<<

    "I’m involved in defense on the scheme but Rob will have autonomy,” Davis said. “That’s his defense. He’s the defensive coordinator. If you want to say he’s got the final say on everything, no, he doesn’t.”

    ''What did Bill Belichick say two years ago? Davis said. He said Coach Davis works with the defense. So I'll let it go at that right now"

    "Lance Kiffin"- He's kind of the general manager, director of college scouting, director of pro personnel and sometimes the defensive coordinator.

  15. radrntn says: Mar 7, 2011 10:09 PM

    all good in the hood

  16. nineleveninsidejob says: Mar 7, 2011 10:12 PM

    He looks like a tool actor from ‘According To Jim’ so I always hated him

  17. Keyser Söze says: Mar 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    crise40g says:
    Mar 7, 2011 9:22 PM
    Not digging this at all. Hopefully we don’t go prevent on every down.

    ——————————————————–
    No, no…your thinking of Rob Ryan. The Prince of Prevent.

  18. boknowsvt says: Mar 7, 2011 10:29 PM

    This was the worst kept secret in Raiderville. I think we all knew he was getting the gig the moment they hired him in an unspecified defensive role. I’m thinking he was plan “C” after Darren Perry and Winston Moss.

  19. tatum064 says: Mar 7, 2011 11:01 PM

    tfbuckfutter says: Mar 7, 2011 9:23 PM

    They hired a fat 10 year old as their d-coordinator?

    Looks like a typically solid Raiders move
    ===============================
    that 59-14 a$% kicking of Denver and a San Diego sweep was a typically solid Raiders move, too.

    DC when they went to the Super Bowl, maybe it happens again. ANYBODY WOULD BE A TERRIBLE DC in Cincinnati.

  20. rumorhater says: Mar 7, 2011 11:01 PM

    One thing you can ALWAYS count on Raiderhaters to do: show their ignorance and their jealousy in the same sentence!

  21. tdk24 says: Mar 7, 2011 11:09 PM

    At least he doesn’t look like A.J. Hawk.

  22. footballhistorian says: Mar 7, 2011 11:59 PM

    He kind of looks like one of the characters you’d see when watching Robot Chicken. Just goes to show you that my TV viewing habits are just as lame as my internet ones.

  23. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 8, 2011 12:35 AM

    On the bright side, he was our defensive coordinator when we went to the Super Bowl in 2002 and the Conference Championship game in 2000.

  24. dickv says: Mar 8, 2011 1:28 AM

    The defense sucked last year in Oakland. The Raiders lost 8 games last year, and I think 6 of those gmaes the defense gave up 30 or more points.

    The chuck b hiring makes sense after Hue’s a candidate thurman was denied the oppertunity by the Jets (plan A), presumably Moss & dean wanted to stay in Green Bay (plan b & c), and Rob Ryan took a job with Dallas (plan D).

    It will always b Al’s defense anyways. He has always micro managed the defense; thus, the reason he prefers strong offensive minded hc to run his team…

    The defense will continue to struggle with giving up big runs, but i do think they will have a lot of oppertunities to get after the QB. If Hue can keep scoring at the clip he did last year on offense, the defense will be able to focus on the passing game which will be it’s strong suit with or without Nnamdi.

  25. rojones82 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:06 AM

    that 59-14 a$% kicking of Denver and a San Diego sweep was a typically solid Raiders move, too.

    DC when they went to the Super Bowl, maybe it happens again. ANYBODY WOULD BE A TERRIBLE DC in Cincinnati.

    ————————————————–

    Yeh Zimmer is really sucking LOL

    Breshnahan just never sent any pressure which blowed on 3rd downs.

  26. bonniebengal says: Mar 8, 2011 5:39 AM

    Bad, Bad decision.

  27. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 8, 2011 6:23 AM

    rumorhater says: Mar 7, 2011 11:01 PM
    One thing you can ALWAYS count on Raiderhaters to do: show their ignorance and their jealousy in the same sentence!

    ————————————-

    One thing you can always count on Raiders fans to do….call people who laugh at their team “jealous”.

    Just like the fat women dressed to slutty on daytime talk shows…..yeah, everyone booing you is jealous of your flabby stomach hanging over your bicycle shorts.

  28. slickster35 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:51 AM

    When you can’t get a real coaching job, go to the fade.

    Rinse, repeat.

  29. raiderinpa says: Mar 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    Thanks PFT for not posting what I posted earlier this morning…. Are you a part of the conspiracy theory as well?? The post contained no cuss words or threats… You must be Raider haters too! Keep up the bad work…

  30. radrntn says: Mar 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    like I said it’s all good……all you have to go back and look how the raiders were near the top against the run under bresnahan near the top per rush attempt, and points allowed. Plus Biekert, and Rod Woodson both played for him so they have an understanding of the “d”

    Every player on defense is going to resign with the team….that includes huff, and nnamdi.

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