Special teams overhaul

The Oakland Raiders added Brian Schneider as special teams coordinator and Curtis Fuller as special teams quality control assistant on Tuesday.

"Brian has had success with special teams everywhere he has been in his career and I'm very confident in his abilities," said Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "We interviewed a number of candidates for this position and Brian always remained our number one choice. Solid special teams play needs to be a signature of this football team and both Brian and Curtis will work together to make sure that this happens."

Most recently, Schneider was as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy in 2007 after spending the 2006 season at Iowa State, where he coached the tight ends and special teams for the Cyclones. Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Schneider spent three years (2003-05) as an assistant coach at UCLA where he coached the linebackers, safeties and special teams.

In 2005, several of Schneider's UCLA special teams units ranked among the best in the nation-punt returns, kickoff coverage and net punting. Maurice Jones-Drew led the nation in punt returns with an NCAA-record 28.5 average, including three touchdowns. He also coached the safeties in 2005. In 2004 under Schneider, UCLA punt coverage and punt return teams led the Pac-10 Conference and ranked fourth in kickoff returns and blocked six kicks.

Schneider coached tight ends and coordinated the special teams at Colorado State for six seasons, with the Rams excelling in special teams play. He coached eight all-conference special teams or tight end performers. Colorado State ranked among the national leaders in 2001 and 2000 in net punting. Schneider spent three seasons (1994-96), as a graduate assistant coach at Colorado State, working with the team's defensive unit and special teams prior to moving to full-time status in 1997.

The San Diego native was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Rams as a linebacker from 1990-93 and is regarded as one of the finest players at his position in Colorado State history. As a senior in 1993, he was named first team all-conference and was an honorable mention All-American. He was a second team all-league choice in 1992. Schneider still ranks among the school's career leaders in total tackles.

Fuller played defensive back in the NFL from 2001-2004 for the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. He most recently worked in the scouting department for the Dallas Cowboys and also assisted at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. In addition, Fuller was defensive coordinator at Forth Worth Christian High School. Fuller was an all-conference performer at TCU and was a fourth round pick by Seattle in 2001.


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