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Bresnahan re-joins Raiders coaching staff

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Bresnahan re-joins Raiders coaching staff

Feb. 1, 2011

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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

In keeping with their theme of going back to the future in filling out their coaching staff, the Raiders made official the hiring of former defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan Tuesday afternoon.

Bresnahan, it should be noted, has the nebulous title of defensive coach, not defensive coordinator and it appears as though the Raiders are waiting for the Super Bowl to end before approaching Green Bay assistant head coachinside linebackers and former Raiders linebacker Winston Moss as well as Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry for the still-vacant coordinator position.

It is conceivable the coordinator job could fall back to Bresnahan should the Raiders not land one of their primary targets. He has long favored the 4-3 defensive alignment.

Still, it has been speculated that Bresnahan will take over as linebackers coach from the departed Mike Haluchak, who over saw the complete overhaul of the Raiders linebacker corps, after spending the past two seasons in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers.

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Chuck brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we welcome him back, new Raiders coach Hue Jackson said in the release announcing Bresnahans hiring. I worked with him in Cincinnati and he is fiery, a motivator and a teacher.

Bresnahan, 50, worked in Oakland from 1998-2003 and was the Raiders defensive coordinator the last four seasons after serving as defensive backs coach the first two.

His defenses ranked No. 17, 18, 11 and 30 overall, respectively

He last worked in the NFL for Cincinnati, from 2005-08, and was the Bengals D-coordinator the last three seasons there, which is where his path crossed with Jackson. His Bengals defenses ranked No. 30, 27 and 12.

Bresnahans other NFL experience was in Indianapolis (1996-97) and in Cleveland (1994-95) as linebackers coach for both the Colts and Browns.

Last week, the Raiders announced the hiring of eight-time Raiders Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski as the assistant offensive line coach and Al Saunders, long a favorite of owner Al Davis, as offensive coordinator, though Jackson will remain the primary playcaller.

Trump targets Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch in Twitter rant

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Trump targets Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch in Twitter rant

MEXICO CITY – The President of the United States Donald Trump has taken several shots at players who choose to sit during the national anthem.

Raiders running back was in his crosshairs early Monday morning.

Trump was bothered by Lynch’s actions before Sunday’s 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca.

Lynch sat for the United States’ national anthem, as he has in every game this season. Then he stood for Mexico’s anthem, though he spent most of that song getting his equipment adjusted.

The President took exception in a Twitter rant that has become a staple of his presidency.

It is believed that Lynch is sitting in protest of racial inequality, a movement popularized by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, though he has never declared that publicly. He refused to answer questions on that topic this summer.

That hasn’t stopped Trump from demanding he be suspended the rest of the season for his actions. The league won’t do that.

Trump won’t get his way, but with a quick Tweet he brought the issue to the Raiders’ doorstep in what will become a topic in Alameda all week.

Lynch was probably asleep when Trump’s tweet went public at 5:25 a.m. ET, and therefore hasn’t responded in any way.

Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the Patriots

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Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the Patriots

MEXICO CITY – Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City:

1. So you’re saying there’s a chance?

The Raiders aren’t stacking wins as they’d like. Nobody in the AFC West is, either. The Chiefs lost another one, meaning the AFC West crown remains within reach. They’re two games back in the division and one back in the wild card race.

That, above all else, will keep the Raiders motivated after a disastrous loss to New England.

“We're professionals and to me, so long as you have hope, you keep your hope, you keep hope alive,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “So, we'll continue to scratch and claw and fight for everything we can.”

The Raiders can harken Lloyd Christmas from “Dumb and Dumber.” So you’re saying there’s a chance?

The Raiders will only stay in it if they start a prolonged winning streak. There’s a chance do that on an upcoming two-game home stand. They play Denver and the New York Giants, respectively, in Oakland over the next fortnight. Those teams have five wins between them.

Wins can’t be assumed with the Raiders. With their inconsistency and mistake-prone play, they can lose to anyone.

Fight remains in this group. They’ll continue to push, especially with a 9-7 record being a legitimate playoff contender. They haven’t played worthy of such consideration, but remain hopeful a switch gets flipped.

“We are who we are, we're not going to turn on each other, we're not going to turn on anything about what we do,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Obviously, we know that our culture and everything that we do works, because we have seen it work.”

2. Receiver corps becoming a weak spot

The Raiders have a talented group of receivers lacking consistency and production. That was the case on Sunday, when pass catchers hindered offensive flow and scoring opportunities.

Seth Roberts was the biggest offender. He had a drop, a false start and lost a fumble near the goal line with the Patriots up 14-0 late in the first half. Roberts had 12 yards in his pocket but held the ball one-handed, away from his body fighting for more. Marquis Flowers knocked it free and Patrick Chung recovered.

That was the turning point, a true 10-point swing. The Raiders lost a chance to reach the end zone, and allowed New England to get a field goal as the half expired.

“That was a major turn of events,” Del Rio said.

The slot receiver wasn’t the only receiver who stalled the Raiders offense. That group had five drops, according to Pro Football Focus, including two from Michael Crabtree. Johnny Holton wasn’t credited with a drop, but he had a perfectly thrown deep ball clang off his helmet and shoulder pads.

It’s a bad night in a bad year for the Raiders receivers, who haven’t been producing.

3. Lopsided score keeps Marshawn from going Beast Mode

Running back Marshawn Lynch was the only player who had a good Sunday. The bruising back ran roughshod over New England’s front seven, right from the start. He totaled 67 yards on 11 carries, and seemed primed for a big day and a higher-than-usual carry volume.

He and the Raiders run blocking was consistent, allowing him to reach the second level on several occasions.

The lopsided score, however, meant the Raiders had to abandon the ground game.

“I thought we ran the ball well early,” Del Rio said. “I would like to have ended up with 30-plus rush attempts in the ball game, but you got to stay within reasonable amount of the score in order to stick with the run.”

The Raiders were down two touchdowns in a flash, and were three scores behind at the half. That forced Derek Carr to chuck it towards an unreliable receiver corps. That method proved inefficient and never created the big moments.

Lynch has run well since returning from a one-game suspension. He has 25 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. If there’s a positive to take from Sunday’s beat down, Lynch’s efficiency might be it.