Feb. 1, 2011
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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.