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Report: Steve Wisniewski out at Raiders assistant offensive line coach

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When Raiders offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski reports for training camp, his Uncle Steve won’t be there.

Pat Kirwan of CBS reports that assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski has cleaned out his office and left the team.  Kirwan says that Frank Pollack, who was hired from the Texans by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, will be taking over the job.

Bill Williamson of ESPN confirms the news, sort of.  Williams reports that Wisniewski wants to spend more time with his family.  (Assistant coaches in the NFL routinely work 100 or more hours per week.)  But Williamson says that Wisniewski hasn’t left the team.  He’s expected to remain with the organization in a reduced role, possibly in a game-day capacity.

Wisniewski, who played for the team from 1989 through 2001, joined the coaching staff in 2011.

It’s unknown whether the change in the offense and/or the run-blocking system and/or the relationship with Pollack were factors in the move.

UPDATE 2:29 p.m. ET:  The Raiders have announced the move, explaining that Wisniewski has resigned for “personal reasons,” and that he will be an “ambassador” for the team.  His position on the coaching staff won’t be filled.

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19 Responses to “Report: Steve Wisniewski out at Raiders assistant offensive line coach”
  1. robgilman says: Jul 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    Raider for Life. Enjoy the time with the family Steve!

  2. tombrookshire says: Jul 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    Ah, the wants to spend more time with my family statement. Fired!

  3. We'reFineThere says: Jul 26, 2012 2:16 PM

    We Are!

  4. tooz72 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    this guy played till a second or two after the whistle..had the honor of meeting him in ’99 in KC when the Raiders beat the Chefs on a Joe Nedney FG, very nice guy

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    All the best, Wiz. We will never forget you.

  6. philvil41 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    One of my favorite Raiders of all time.Will be missed.

  7. norcal031 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    Can’t wait untill the 29th so I can start blasting Autumn Wind on repeat!!!!!!….over and over again…….untill they are 3-8.

  8. norcal031 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    The schedule gods were not with us this year.

  9. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    sounds to me like he is still with the raiders.

  10. villa41 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    Enjoy the time with your family, Steve. A true Raider for life.

    We are in goods hands with Lil Wiz, one of the best young linemen in the league.

  11. vikesfansteve says: Jul 26, 2012 3:08 PM

    Met him a few times in Napa when the team would go out on the town to wind down during training camp. The dude was always nice, calling me by name and continuing past conversations, could be because we have the same first name but still I was just some random nobody he would see at clubs. He is not a jerk. Nothing like he was on the field. And huge, huge isn’t the word. The guy is a giant. Probably could still play today if his knees could hold up. Good luck to a good guy.

  12. terraj35 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    He looks like a sane version of Bill Romanowski

  13. sourdough says: Jul 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Let me guess, he was the reason the Raiders haven’t had a winning record in nine straight seasons…

  14. buckarama says: Jul 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    Wiz is da man! Good luck to you!

  15. chuckmuncie says: Jul 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    Was he assistant offensive line coach or assistant to the offensive line coach? There is a difference.

  16. jodave5 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:32 PM

    I call BS on the “Assistant coaches in the NFL routinely work 100 or more hours per week”. That’s, at a MINIMUM, 14.25 hours per day for seven days. Basically 8am-10:30pm with NO lunch for seven straight days for 20+ weeks. I don’t buy it. Sick of hearing how many hours these guys work. Work smarter, not harder.

  17. torturedraiderfan says: Jul 26, 2012 4:13 PM

    He resigned or was fired 3 days before training camp begins? WTF!!!! Shouldn’t this have been done in March or April? I hope this doesn’t cause a disruption because its going the be tough enough for the team to adapt to the new offense and defense. I’m still optimistic about the futre. In Reggie we trust.

  18. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jul 26, 2012 7:59 PM

    Total class act.

  19. raiderapologist says: Jul 26, 2012 9:01 PM

    sourdough says: Jul 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Let me guess, he was the reason the Raiders haven’t had a winning record in nine straight seasons…
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    What is the reason the Chargers haven’t won anything since 1963? If Florio did any research on Wisniewski he would realize that politics would not affect his employment status with the Raiders.

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