Raiders announce two new coaches

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Raiders announce two new coaches

Going along with all of the coaching movement seen in this offseason, the Raiders have two new additions to their coaching slate -- linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant special teams coach Keith Burns.

Holland, on the other hand, joins the Raiders as a seasoned NFL veteran -- both as a player and assistant coach. Holland played seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers. Following his retirement, he was honored with induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2001 to commemorate his six consecutive seasons of at least 100 tackles. Holland joined the Pack's staff under Mike Holmgren from 1995-1997, where he saw the team clinch back-to-back NFC Championships and secure a victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. As an alumnus and Hall of Famer of Texas A&M, he returned to his Texan roots to serve as linebackers coach for the Houston Texans for five years. There, he mentored DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing, who both earned accolades of AP Defensive Rookies of the Year.

Burns returns to the Golden State after a full resume of collegiate-level coaching experience, most recently served as the defensive backs coach at Ole Miss. Previous to his tenure there, Burns stood at the helm of Kansas State's secondary in 2010 and served as defensive coordinator at Arkansas for two campaigns, helping lead the Razorbacks to two consecutive bowl appearances. In 1998, he was among the five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award to honor the nation's best assistant coach.

Northern California and the Raiders staff will be no stranger to Burns, considering this is his third local coaching position. He spent time in a number of positions at the University of the Pacific and San Jose State University, including defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. While serving as the University of Tulsa's head coach from 2000-2002, the Silver and Black's current head coach Dennis Allen was among his assistants.

Burns and Holland are the two latest additions to new GM Reggie McKenzie's coaching staff that also saw John Defilippo, Ted Gilmore hired and Al Saunders returned.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”