The Raiders formally announced the hiring of Steve Hoffman as special teams coordinator, the latest addition to the new staff of head coach Dennis Allen.
Hoffman replaced John Fassel, who joined Jeff Fisher with St. Louis Rams.
Raiders team press release:
The Oakland Raiders have named Steve Hoffman special teams coordinator. Hoffman hasserved as an assistant coach at the NFL level for 22 seasons, including the past three years asspecial teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.Under Hoffmans tutelage in 2011, Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt established a career high with a45.9-yard punting average. Hoffmans coverage units ranked sixth in the NFL in 2010, allowingopponents an average of just 20.2 yards per kickoff return. Kansas Citys special teams groupshowed dramatic improvement in his first season with the Chiefs, as the team improved from29th in 2008 to 12th in 2009 in the comprehensive NFL special teams rankings compiled by RickGosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Colquitt registered a 40.8-yard net punting average in2009, the top single-season mark in Chiefs history. In addition, K Ryan Succop posted an 86.2field goal percentage in 2009, which tied for the highest mark by an NFL rookie since 1970.Prior to joining the Chiefs, Hoffman spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2007-08) asassistant special teams coach. In 2007, K Jay Feely established a Dolphins single-seasonrecord by connecting on 21 of 23 (91.3) field goal attempts. Hoffman also tutored P BrandonFields, who led all NFL rookies with a 43.2-yard punting average in 2007. He was assistantspecial teams coach with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.Hoffman served on the Dallas Cowboys staff for 16 years (1989-04) as kicking coach. Inaddition to his duties with kicking specialists, he spent seven sevens as offensivedefensivequality control coach (1989-95). He later coached kickers and served as offensive quality controlcoach (1996-99) before finishing his tenure in Dallas as defensive quality control coach (2000-04). During his time in Dallas, Hoffmans specialists established 15 club records and he was apart of three Super Bowl Championship teams, as Dallas claimed titles in Super Bowls XXVII,XXVIII and XXX.Hoffman instructed kickers and punters at the University of Miami (1985-88) prior to joining theprofessional ranks. With the Hurricanes, he mentored P Jeff Feagles, who went on to becomethe NFLs all-time leader in punts (1,713) and punting yards (71,211).The Camden, N.J.-native played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and handled kickingand punting duties during his collegiate career at Dickinson (Penn.) College. He spent one yearpunting for the Washington Federals of the USFL (1983) and attended NFL training camps withWashington (1981, 1983), Seattle (1984) and New Orleans (1985).