The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland."Decisions like this are very difficult," first-year coach Dennis Allen said in a statement. "I have a great deal of respect for all of these men and I appreciate their contributions to the Oakland Raidersthis season." Oakland finished 18th in total offense this season at 344 yards per game, but the Raiders ranked 28th in rushing with 88.8 yards per game. The lack of a ground attack contributed to the team frequently falling behind, which in turn led to increasing passing stats as the Raiders played catch-up. Oakland ranked eighth with 255.2 passing yards per game, although the team's average of 6.9 yards per completion tied for 19th. Knapp was the Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2007-08. He also held the same post with the San Francisco 49ers (2001-03), theAtlanta Falcons (2004-06) and the Seattle Seahawks (2009). He served as the Houston Texans' quarterbacks coach in 2010-11. The Raiders finished the season 4-12 under Allen. They will get the third, fourth or fifth pick in the 2013 draft.
Special teams was pretty horrendous this year, so I'm not going to complain about Hoffman. Ditto the OL. The LB were a mixed bag, McClain didn't work out but Burris and Wheeler were better than expected.
The D had a pretty pathetic stretch in the middle of the season, so I thought Tarver could be gone too. They did improve by the season's end, but was that a result of playing worse teams? The WR seemed to take a step back this year too, and the DL definitely did. I guess they didn't want to fire everybody. Apparently they took pity on the DB coaches in an impossible situation.
I hope now Allen falls on his sword and gives Wiz his job back coaching the O-Line. Also what did you guys think of Gaither who took over at MLB, maybe trade McClain on draft day and make Gaither the starter and get some one in the middle rounds to back him up incase he fails ?
Depends in who is hired as the OC for us to see if Wiz Sr. comes back or not to be an assistant OL coach again for us ?
Cause not sure he would fit if the new OC wants to run the Zone scheme .
I would like to see Pat Shurmur as the OC for us .
Pat Shurmur was named the 13th full-time head coach in Browns history on January 13, 2011.
Shurmur’s résumé includes 23 years of coaching experience, including 12 in the NFL. In those 12 seasons, he has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs seven times, won five division crowns and posted one Super Bowl appearance.
Prior coming to the Browns, Shurmur spent the previous two seasons (2009-10) as the offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams. He helped the Rams improve to a 7-9 record following a 1-15 season in 2009, the second-biggest turnaround in the league last year. In 2010, he guided St. Louis’ offense to improvements in nearly every category including total yards, time of possession and third-down percentage, while they also scored 114 more points than the previous year. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL.
Shurmur helped mold quarterback Sam Bradford, the top pick in the 2010 draft, as Bradford set NFL rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590), while his 3,512 passing yards were the second-most by a rookie in league history, trailing only Peyton Manning's 3,739 in 1998. Bradford's 18 touchdown passes tied for fifth-most among rookies in NFL history. During a midseason stretch, he set an NFL rookie record with 174 consecutive attempts without an interception.
Along with starting a rookie quarterback, the team’s second-round pick, Rodger Saffold, was the only NFL rookie to start all 16 games at left tackle in 2010. The Rams allowed just 34 sacks despite attempting the fifth-most passing plays in the NFL last season, which placed the team 12th in the league in sacks per pass play.
In addition, Rams running back Steven Jackson was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad both years under Shurmur. Jackson claimed the NFC rushing title in 2009 with 1,416 yards, and his rushing totals each of the past two seasons (1,241 in 2010) represent two of the three highest rushing figures of his seven-year NFL career.
Before joining the Rams, Shurmur spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2008). He served as the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2002-08 and helped Donovan McNabb to three Pro Bowl selections during his tenure. In 2008, McNabb set Eagles single-season records with 345 completions and 3,916 passing yards.
In 2004, Shurmur guided McNabb to the most productive season of his career, as he set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0). McNabb also became the first quarterback in NFL history with 30-plus touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (8) in a single season.
During his first season as quarterbacks coach, Shurmur turned to third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley following injuries to McNabb and Koy Detmer. Despite not having started a game in three years, since his junior season at Oregon, Feeley helped the Eagles post a 4-1 record, as they won the NFC East and advanced to the NFC title game. Shurmur faced another quarterback injury in 2006 and turned to backup Jeff Garcia, who helped the club to a 5-1 record and led Philadelphia into the Divisional round of the playoffs.
Shurmur’s first three seasons in Philadelphia (1999-2001) were spent as tight ends coach, where he developed three-time Pro Bowler Chad Lewis. From 2000-01, Lewis combined for 110 receptions, 1,157 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. His reception total ranked fourth among all NFL tight ends during that two-year span, while he was tied for fourth in touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards.
Before joining the Eagles, Shurmur spent the 1998 season at Stanford University as offensive line coach. That year, the Cardinal offensive line allowed the fewest sacks per pass attempt in the Pac-10 and helped first-year quarterback Todd Husak become only the third quarterback in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards.
Prior to Stanford, Shurmur instructed the tight ends, special teams and offensive line at Michigan State University from 1990-97. The Spartans sent three tight ends (Ty Hallock, Duane Young and Mitch Lyons) to the NFL under Shurmur’s guidance, and kick returner Derrick Mason set a school career record with 2,575 return yards.
A four-year letterman at Michigan State, Shurmur earned All-Big Ten conference honors and All-America honorable mention accolades as a senior in 1987. He played guard and linebacker as a freshman and started at center the next three seasons. He served as co-captain as a senior when the Spartans defeated USC in the Rose Bowl. He earned a master’s degree in financial administration and was the first graduate student football player at the University.
A native of Dearborn, Mich., who attended Divine Child High School, Shurmur comes from a football background. His uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, coached in the NFL for 24 years and served as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator from 1994-98, helping that club win two NFC Championships and Super Bowl XXXI.
Shurmur and his wife, Jennifer, have four children, daughters Allyson, Erica and Claire, and a son, Kyle.
Pat Shurmur Coaching Background:
1988-89 Michigan State University, graduate assistant coach
1990-97 Michigan State University, tight ends/special teams/offensive line coach
1998 Stanford University, offensive line coach
1999-2001 Philadelphia Eagles, tight ends/offensive line coach
2002-08 Philadelphia Eagles, quarterbacks coach
2009-10 St. Louis Rams, offensive coordinator
2011- Cleveland Browns, head coach
Brad Childress is another one I would like to see considered for the OC position too
As head coach of the Vikings, Childress guided Minnesota to a regular season record of 39-35 (.527), as the team won consecutive division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). In 2009, the team posted a 12-4 record, matching the second-best win total in franchise history, while leading the NFL with a club-high 10 Pro Bowlers. Also in 2009, the team’s passing offense, led by quarterback Brett Favre, finished the season ranked eighth, as Favre set career-highs in passer rating (107.2) and completion percentage (68.4%), while throwing 33 touchdown passes. During Childress’ first four seasons at the helm, the Vikings’ rushing offense posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 ypg) and the third-best average for rushing yards per carry (4.5). Under Childress’ tutelage, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL with 1,341 rushing yards as a rookie. Peterson also led the league in rushing in 2008 with a franchise-best 1,760 yards and paced the NFL in 2009 with 18 rushing touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Childress spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he tutored the quarterbacks for the first three years (1999-2001) and spent the final four as offensive coordinator (2002-05). During his tenure with the club, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five straight seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. During that season, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0%), while becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 30 touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (8) in a single season. As offensive coordinator, Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game. In addition, the offensive unit was highlighted by seven starters who earned a combined 14 Pro Bowl berths from 2000-05.
Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois, spending the 1978 season as a graduate assistant before coaching both the running backs and wide receivers for six seasons (1979-84). In 1985, he entered the NFL coaching ranks as he spent one season (1985) as the quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the next 13 years, he made coaching stops at Northern Arizona (1986-89), the University of Utah (1990) and the University of Wisconsin (1991-98). As the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers appeared in five bowl games, which included two Rose Bowl victories in 1993 and 1998.
Childress began his collegiate career at Eastern Illinois before transferring to the University of Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a degree in psychology. A native of Aurora, Illinois, Childress attended Marmion Christian Academy.
Brad and his wife, Dru-Ann, have three sons, Andrew, Christopher and Kyle, and one daughter, Cara. They also have twin grandsons, Aiden and Brecken.
Brad Childress’ Coaching Background:
1978-84 University of Illinois, graduate assistant/running backs/wide receivers
1992-98 University of Wisconsin, quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator
1999-2001 Philadelphia Eagles, quarterbacks coach
1992-05 Philadelphia Eagles, offensive coordinator
2006-10 Minnesota Vikings, head coach
2012- Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator
Chris Tabor would be a nice look for the Special Teams Coordinator too
Chris Tabor was named the Browns’ special teams coordinator on January 25, 2011. He brings 18 years of coaching experience between the high school, college and professional levels, including the last three as the Chicago Bears’ assistant special teams coach.
During Tabor’s three years working with the Bears’ special teams units, Chicago consistently ranked among the league leaders in numerous departments. The Bears ranked in the top-five in no less than nine different special teams categories combined over that three-year period. Chicago led the NFL in total return yards (6,570) and kickoff return yards (5,415), posted the second-best kickoff return average (25.1), ranked third in punt return defense (7.1) and produced the fifth-best punt return average (10.4). The Bears registered six total kick returns for touchdowns in that time, tied for the second-most in the league.
Also during Tabor’s tenure, the Bears tied for fifth in the league in punts inside the 20-yard line (90) and tied for seventh in field goal percentage (86.2). Since 2008, Chicago was one of only six teams in the NFL to allow one or fewer kick return touchdowns as that total is tied for second in the league over this span.
Tabor also has helped shape some of the NFL’s top return specialists. In 2008, Danieal Manning led the NFL in kickoff return average (29.7). In 2009, Johnny Knox finished second in the league in kickoff return average (29.0) and earned a Pro Bowl selection as a kick returner. In 2010, Devin Hester led the NFL in punt return average (17.1) and punt return touchdowns (3) en route to earning a Pro Bowl nod as a kick returner.
In 2010, the Bears ranked first in the league in punt return average (17.1), second in kickoff return average (25.4), second in average drive start after kickoffs (31.5) and ninth in punt return defense (7.8). The Bears’ special teams unit also ranked fourth in the NFL, based on a composite formula devised by the Dallas Morning News.
Prior to Chicago, Tabor spent two seasons at Western Michigan University (2006-07) as the running backs and special teams coach. He spent four seasons at Utah State University, where he was the running backs and special teams coach in 2005 after being the Aggies’ assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers from 2002-04.
Tabor coached at Central Methodist College (1995-96) in Fayette, Mo., before spending four seasons at the University of Missouri. He spent his first three years with the Tigers as an offensive graduate assistant (1997-99) before moving into the role of running backs and special teams coach in 2000. He was also the head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. in 2001.
From 1993-1994, Tabor built experience at the community college and high school levels, coaching at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College (1994) and Benton High School (1993) in St. Joseph, Mo.
Tabor graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he played four seasons as quarterback. He earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia (Mo.) College.
Chris and his wife, Nikki, have two daughters, Paityn and Lainey.
Chris Tabor’s Coaching Background:
1997-99 University of Missouri, offensive graduate assistant coach
2000 University of Missouri, running backs and special teams coach
2001 Culver-Stockton College, head coach
2002-04 Utah State University, assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers
2005 Utah State University, running backs and special teams coach
2006-07 Western Michigan University, running backs and special teams coach
2008-10 Chicago Bears, assistant special teams coach
2011 Cleveland Browns, special teams coordinator
George Warhop as the OL coach would be a nice option too
George Warhop is entering his third year of service as the offensive line coach with the Browns and his 16th overall in the NFL.
In Warhop’s two years with the team, left tackle Joe Thomas has been voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad both times, while he also has been chosen to numerous All-Pro teams each year. Center Alex Mack was a consensus all-rookie selection in 2009 and was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl roster and Sports Illustrated’s All-Pro team last year. It marked the first time since the 1981 Pro Bowl that at least two Browns offensive linemen were chosen to the Pro Bowl. Mack has started each of the first 32 games of his career, and when he opened all 16 games at center in 2009, he became the first Browns rookie to do that since Steve Everitt in 1993, and just the fifth NFL rookie to accomplish the feat since 1998. In 2010, the offensive line helped pave the way for running back Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards, the seventh-highest figure in the AFC last year.
Prior to joining the Browns in 2009, Warhop spent the previous four seasons with the 49ers. In San Francisco, Warhop shaped an offensive line which paved the way for running back Frank Gore to become the first player in franchise history with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2006-08). This included a franchise-record 1,695 yards in 2006, a figure which led the NFC that year. In 2007, Warhop oversaw the development of rookie tackle Joe Staley, who opened all 16 games at right tackle and became the first rookie offensive lineman in 49ers history to start all 16 contests. In addition, guard Larry Allen was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad that year.
Warhop joined San Francisco after spending the previous two seasons (2003-04) with the Dallas Cowboys. In Warhop’s two years with the Cowboys, tackle Flozell Adams and guard Larry Allen were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad both times.
Warhop got his start in the NFL as an offensive line assistant with the St. Louis Rams from 1996-97. That catapulted him into the position of offensive line coach with the Arizona Cardinals in 1998, a spot he held for the next five years. During his tenure with the Cardinals, Warhop tutored the group through a steady decline in quarterback sacks allowed from the 78 surrendered in 1997 – the year prior to his arrival – to 50 in 1998, 45 in 1999, 35 in 2000 and 29 in 2001.
Warhop entered the coaching arena in 1983, as a student assistant at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati. He then served on the offensive staffs at the University of Kansas (1984-86), Vanderbilt University (1987-89) and the University of New Mexico (1990-91). From 1991-92, he was the offensive coordinator for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football, helping that team to a World Bowl title in 1991. He had a pair of stops as an offensive line coach at the collegiate level, at SMU (1993) and Boston College (1994-95) before embarking on his NFL career.
Warhop was a standout offensive lineman at Rubidoux High School in Riverside, Calif., and went on to play guard at Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) College before moving on to the University of Cincinnati, where he played center.
George Warhop’s Coaching Background:
1983 University of Cincinnati, student assistant
1984-86 University of Kansas, offensive staff
1987-89 Vanderbilt University, offensive staff
1990-91 University of New Mexico, offensive staff
1991-92 London Monarchs (WLAF), offensive coordinator
1993 Southern Methodist University, offensive line coach
1994-95 Boston College, offensive line coach
1996-97 St. Louis Rams, offensive line assistant coach
1998-2002 Arizona Cardinals, offensive line coach
2003-04 Dallas Cowboys, offensive line coach
2005-08 San Francisco 49ers, offensive line coach
2009- Cleveland Browns, offensive line coach
Russ Grimm is another OL coach to consider for us too
Joined the Cardinals on 1/23/07 when he became the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line.
Selected to the seven-member Class of 2010 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on 2/6/10. Was among the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame in 2010 after being a finalist the previous four years (2006-09).
In 2008, his five offensive linemen started all 20 games during the season including Super Bowl XLIII.
In 2007, Arizona’s offensive line ranked sixth in the NFL by allowing only 24 sacks, the lowest total for the team since 1978 (22).
Spent 20 seasons with the Washington Redskins, the first 11 as an all-pro lineman (1981-91) and then as an assistant coach for nine seasons (1992-2000).
In his career, his teams have earned four Super Bowl victories. Three as a player (XVII, XXII and XXVI) and one as a coach (XL).
Earned four consecutive Pro Bowl selections (1983-86) and was a first-team selection to the NFL’s 1980’s all-decade team.
Hall of Fame guard Russ Grimm begins his sixth season with the Cardinals as the assistant head coach/offensive line after joining the team on 1/23/07. Grimm spent his first two seasons as assistant head coach/offensive line and was given the additional title of run game coordinator from 2009-10. Previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same capacity, Grimm is beginning his 21st season as an NFL assistant after playing 11 years at guard for the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2010 after having been a finalist the previous four years (2006-09).
Grimm spent six seasons with the Steelers coaching with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt before coming to Arizona. He joined the Steelers staff in 2001 as only the second offensive line coach in Bill Cowher's tenure and made an instant impact in developing Pittsburgh’s offensive line. Grimm's value to the coaching staff was recognized by Cowher, who promoted Grimm to assistant head coach prior to the 2004 season, the only coach to hold that title under Cowher.
Last season, Grimm’s unit helped lead the way for running back Beanie Wells, who rushed for career highs with 245 carries for 1,047 yards and 10 TD’s, becoming the first player in team history to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s in the same season. Wells also set the franchise single-game rushing record with 228 yards against St. Louis. In 2009, the Cardinals finished with 16 rushing touchdowns, the highest team total since recording 18 in 1998. Wells rushed for 793 yards, the second most in the NFL among rookies and his seven touchdowns in 2009 were tied (Denver-Knowshon Moreno) for tops among rookie running backs. In 2008, Grimm’s five offensive linemen started all 20 games during the regular season and postseason including Super Bowl XLIII. The offense finished with a top five ranking (4th overall) for the second consecutive season and rookie running back Tim Hightower set a franchise rookie mark with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Grimm made an immediate impact in his first season with Arizona in 2007. His offensive line allowed only 24 sacks, sixth best in the NFL and the fewest given up by the Cardinals since 1978 (22). Grimm’s offensive line also paved the way for running back Edgerrin James to rush for 1,222 yards, the fifth best total in team history.
The 2006 Steelers offensive line helped pave the way for running back Willie Parker to gain 1,494 yards and 13 touchdowns on 337 carries (4.4 yard avg.) and earn his first Pro Bowl selection. Pittsburgh’s offense finished the 2006 season with the 10th best rushing attack in the NFL, helping to give the Steelers the seventh ranked total offense in the league. Parker finished the season with the second and third top rushing performances of the year in the NFL with 223 rushing yards (32 att., TD) against Cleveland (12/7) and 213 yards (22 att., 2 TDs) vs. New Orleans (11/12).
Under Grimm’s guidance in 2005, the Super Bowl champion Steelers averaged nearly 140 yards rushing per game during the regular season to rank fifth in the NFL while also grinding out 181 rushing yards in their Super Bowl XL victory over the Seattle Seahawks. While in Pittsburgh, Grimm molded a formidable and tough offensive front anchored by All-Pro guard Alan Faneca, a six-time Pro Bowler, and center Jeff Hartings, who made his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2006 and developed into one of the best centers in the NFL in just six seasons.
A native of Scottdale, PA, Grimm began his NFL coaching career as Washington’s tight ends coach (1992-96) before moving to coach the Redskins offensive line for four seasons (1997-2000). He is credited with the development of Washington tackles Jon Jansen and five-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, who each earned starting spots as rookies on the Redskins offensive line.
Grimm started 11 seasons at guard for the Redskins (1981-91) and helped lead the team to four Super Bowl appearances and three victories. He was voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls (1983-86), was a first-team selection to the 1980s all-decade team, and an original member of Washington’s renowned “Hogs” offensive line. During his playing days with the Redskins, Grimm was a teammate of Whisenhunt (1989-90).
He was among the 17 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for three consecutive years (2007-09) and among the 10 finalists in 2006.
An All-American center at Pitt who helped his team to a 22-2 record over his junior and senior seasons, Grimm was selected by the Redskins in the third round (69th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. His younger brother, Donn, was a starting linebacker on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team and signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent in 1991.
Grimm punted, played quarterback and linebacker at Southmoreland High School while earning nine varsity letters and starring on the basketball team. He was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He has four children, Chad, an offensive assistant with the Cardinals, Cody, who was drafted by theBuccaneers in theseventhround of the 2010 NFL Draft and fraternal twins Devin and Dylan.
“F**k this "Don't speak ill of the dead" ****! People don't become better when they are dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it's not true! People are still a**holes, they're just dead a**holes.” Lemmy Kilmister
I would like RM and DA to take a good hard look at Al Sanders I have heard he does not want the OC gig but his name as been brought up more than once. I truly believe he could handle the job look at his past "Oakland Raiders as senior offensive assistant after spending last season as the silver and black’s offensive coordinator. saunders has over 40 years of coaching experience, including the past 29 in the national football league. he has been a part of 15 playoff teams, five division titles, one super bowl championship as an nfl coach and 19 times his offensive units have ranked 1st in the NFL in total offense, passing, rushing or scoring. He is I think 64 years old and RM & DA may want more youth but DA needs someone on the offensive side of the ball to keep mistakes to a minimum his experience and his track 19 times is offense ranked number one is hard to look over..
minitank wrote: Would be nice if they didn't wait until March.
DA is likely waiting as the OC he wants is likely on a playoff team right now still ?
“F**k this "Don't speak ill of the dead" ****! People don't become better when they are dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it's not true! People are still a**holes, they're just dead a**holes.” Lemmy Kilmister