In addition to these hires, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has indeed decided to retain ex-Raiders offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski as an assistant offensive line coach. Wisniewski joined the Raiders coaching staff last season, helping coach a young offensive line that includes his nephew, Stefen Wisniewski, to allowing only 25 sacks all season, third best in the NFL.
The Raiders also announced the decision to keep Eric Sanders on the coaching staff as the defensive quality control coach. Sanders, a native of San Francisco, has been on the Raiders staff for the past two seasons as an offensive assistant.
Allen has also decided to bring in ex-Raiders fullback Justin Griffith to be the Raiders new offensive quality control coach. Griffith played for seven NFL seasons, including playing for the Atlanta Falcons from 2003-2006.
While with the Falcons, newly hired Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp served the same position and Dennis Allen served as a defensive assistant coach. Griffith played in 23 games for the Raiders, including 14 starts, from 2007-2008. This will mark the first season Griffith has been on a NFL coaching staff.
Although the Raiders have not announced it, SBReport.net is reporting that the Raiders hired former Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman to replace John Fassel for the same position. To see Victor Cotto’s piece regarding Hoffman, CLICK HERE.
In other notes around the NFL, Greg Manusky, who the Raiders interviewed for their vacant defensive coordinator position, accepted a job offer by the Indianapolis Colts for the same position. The hire leaves the Raiders back in square one as they continue to search for a defensive mind to work under Allen.
Allen has been denied permission to speak to many of his desired personnel, including Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson and Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith. Allen appears to have possibly taken a suggestion from Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie by reportedly asking for permission to speak to Green Bay Packers secondary coach Paul Whitt, Jr. San Francisco 49er’s secondary coach Ed Donatell is still believed to be in the running.