Colletto hired by Raiders

OWINGS MILLS -- The Oakland Raiders hired former Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Jim Colletto to coach their offensive line.

Colletto, 60, was fired by the Ravens on Jan. 10 after the team finished 31st in total offense. He had expressed interest in the offensive coordinator vacancy created when Matt Cavanaugh resigned under pressure after a 9-7 season, but wasn't considered and the job ultimately went to Jim Fassel.

A former Purdue head coach who coached the Ravens' offensive line for the past six seasons, Colletto has coached 38 years in college and the NFL. He was an offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arizona State.

"Jim brings an attitude and mentality about the run game that will help us," Raiders coach Norv Turner said. "What Jim has done in Baltimore speaks for itself as he's helped the Ravens produce one of the top running attacks in the NFL. With his experience and background, Jim will be a great addition."

The Raiders finished last in rushing yards per game last season. Running back Amos Zereoue rushed for only 425 yards in amassing the lowest team-leading total in franchise history.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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