Raiders retain Biekert as linebackers coach

Raiders retain Biekert as linebackers coach
February 8, 2011, 8:19 pm
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Feb. 8, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

When he joined the Raiders staff as an assistant coach on defense last summer, Greg Biekert was heralded as the man who may be best remembered for recovering Tom Bradys fumble in the Tuck Game against the New England Patriots.Now that Biekert has been promoted to linebackers coach, he may be known for pushing the recently-hired Chuck Bresnahan back into the Raiders defensive coordinator role.RELATED: Bresnahan re-joins Raiders coaching staff
Because while Bresnahan, who was Oaklands D.C. from 2000 to 2003, was brought back under the nebulous title of defensive coach, it was assumed he would be the linebackers coach once a new coordinator was brought in. So with Biekert the position coach, logic dictates Bresnahan is the man, right?Well, the Raiders insist Biekerts hiring stands on its own. Besides, they still have designs on speaking to other coordinator candidates.Now that the Super Bowl is concluded, they purportedly include Green Bay assistant head coachinside linebackers and former Raiders linebacker Winston Moss and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry.Still, you have to wonder what role and job description Bresnahan would fill if he is not the defensive coordinatorif defensive line coach Mike Waufle is promoted to D.C., does Besnahan fill that spot?For now, though, Oakland is concentrating on trumpeting the internal hire and elevation of Biekert, who played with the Raiders from 1993 through 2001.Im excited to re-connect with one of the true and great Raiders, new coach Hue Jackson said in a release. His vision and mine are right in line with each other."Biekert joined the Raiders staff last summer as a defensive assistant and remained on the teams Web Site this offseason, even as other names began disappearing.