Five coaches no longer listed on Raiders' Web site

Five coaches no longer listed on Raiders' Web site

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.

REWIND: Davis states his case against Tom Cable

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.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”