Jan. 31, 2011
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Bob Wylie, entering his fourth decade of coaching football that includes 18 years at the professional level, joins the Oakland Raiders as offensive line coach.
Bob is a spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sergeant, said Oakland Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson. His vast knowledge and experience, including last year with a team inour division will really help us as we move forward in assembling a really good offensive line.
Wylie spent last season sharing offensive line coaching duties for the Denver Broncos. Asan NFL assistant with the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, he tutored seven offensive linemen who earned Pro Bowl berths. Wylie has also coached tight ends for Cincinnati and the New York Jets.
Before returning to the NFL with Denver, Wylie spent three seasons as offensive line coach in the Canadian Football League with Saskatchewan in 2009 and Winnipeg from 2007-08.During his three seasons as an offensive line coach in the CFL, Wylie was part of two teams that played in the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan (2009) and Winnipeg (2007). He coached players to All-Star appearances at every offensive line position (tackle, guard and center) in the CFL.
Wylie spent 13 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, with the latest stint as offensive linecoach at Syracuse (2005-06). He served in the same capacity at the University of Cincinnati(1996), Colorado State (1988-89), Holy Cross (1983-84) and Brown (1980-82) and wasoffensive coordinator at Ohio University (1985-87). The West Warwick, R.I. native playedlinebacker at the University of Colorado for three years before transferring to Roger Williams College.
Courtesy Oakland Raiders media services
Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.
Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.
That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.
“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.
Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.
The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.
On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.
The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.
The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.
There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.
These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.