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.

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

PHOENIX – Fans won’t see special teams players leaping over the long snapper in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor made some big plays with that technique, but won’t have the chance anymore.

The NFL outlawed that option on Tuesday as one several rule changes enacted at the league meetings.

“There are some safety concerns,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “that are legitimate.”

The NFL also centralized replay reviews, taking that power away from officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and associates at the NFL’s command center will handle reviews in an effort to add consistency to important calls.

Del Rio hoped replay challenges would be expanded further, but a proposal by Seattle and Buffalo allowing coaches to challenge any play save scoring plays and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, did not pass.

“I think there are a number of coaches who feel like, if there’s an obvious error, we should have a mechanism to correct it,” Del Rio said. “We catch most of them, so you’re talking about a small percentage. It’s hard to move the needle for such a small percentage. That’s the problem. The fact is, if it’s important enough that we’re willing to use that challenge, we’d like that right and ability. Things happen, and you don’t want to lose a big game, a game that decides whether you advance in the playoffs or make the playoffs and it’s something you could overturn, that you could challenge or change. Why not?”

Here's a list of new rules and bylaws adopted by the league on Tuesday.

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

PHOENIX – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s rehab from a broken fibula has been smooth and steady. He had surgery to repair a bone broken in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, an injury that essentially killed hopes of a Raiders division, conference or league championship.

Carr’s return to health progressed through the winter, leaving him ready to start playing football again soon.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said at this week’s NFL owners meetings that Carr should be a full participant in offseason activities. The offseason program begins April 17, with a few weeks of strength and conditioning.

The first set of OTAs starts on May 22, and Carr is expected to participate fully in those workouts. There are 12 OTAs followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp that ends June 15.

Barring a setback, the Raiders won’t pull the reins on Carr’s participation during that stretch.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to take it easy,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s fired up. I got to see him working out with the trainers last week before we came down (to Phoenix). He’s doing well. I think he’s really excited about where it is and how the rehab is going. We expect to have him for all the OTAs and everything.”