Five coaches no longer listed on Raiders' Web site

January 26, 2011, 1:20 am
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Jan. 25, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez

The Raiders' purge of their coaching staff has begun with the removal of five names from the team's Web site.

The five were members of former coach Tom Cable's staff.

In the same vein, Hue Jackson's first staff is taking shape.

Those that are missing from the team site are quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan and linebackers coach Mike Haluchak.

Hackett and Tollner not being retained speaks directly to Jackson taking a more firm hold of the offense. Jackson said he would remain the primary play-caller and the hiring of Al Saunders as offensive coordinator is official, what with his name now appearing on the teams Web Site.

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Michalczik and Morgan were probably too closely linked to Cable and his zone-blocking scheme, especially considering that Jackson and owner Al Davis professed their desire for more of a power running game.

Haluchak? Thats a head-scratcher, considering he oversaw the utter transformation of the linebacker corps, with a rookie in Rolando McClain at middle linebacker and a pair of first-year guys starting beside him in Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves.

The purge obviously began with defensive coordinator John Marshall being shown the door right after Cable.

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Here are the coaches still on staff as of Tuesday afternoon: assistant on defense Greg Biekert, squad development Willie Brown, special teams John Fassel, tight ends Adam Henry, receivers Sanjay Lal, strength and conditioning Brad Roll, assistant Kevin Ross, offensive coordinator Saunders, running backs Kelly Skipper, defensive backs Lionel Washington and defensive line Mike Waufle.

Jackson is in Mobile, Ala., scouting the Senior Bowl and, presumably, interviewing more candidates for his first staff.