Report: Four Raiders coaches out

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Report: Four Raiders coaches out

Conflicting reports continue to emerge about the status of four Raiders defensive coaches. The latest is that Chuck Bresnahan, Greg Biekert, Kevin Ross and Rod Woodson have been fired.

On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports NFL writer Michael Silver published a confirmation of an earlier report from Chris Townsend of radio station 95.7 TheGame that the four employees were gone.

However, Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez indicated that a source said that while it is likely, their nameplates are still on their doors at team headquarters in Alameda and that Jackson gave the entire staff Thursday and Friday off.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson told a Sacramento radio audience Tuesday that he wouldn't comment on the employment status of his staff. Oakland's official Website still lists Bresnahan and the other three as members of the coaching staff.

On his weekly radio show on Sacramento's 1140 The Fan, Raiders Jackson also said that any potential decisions involving assistant coaches would be made soon.

"If we are going to go in that direction, it would be soon because I think that would be only fair to the coach and his family," Jackson said.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said "that's not right" in response to the initial report, when contacted by Comcast SportsNet California.

Oakland allowed 433 points in 2011, the second most in franchise history. Bresnahan was hired as defensive assistant by former owner Al Davis in the 2010 offseason then promoted to coordinator.

Last season Oakland posted franchise worsts in TD passes allowed (31), yards per carry (5.1), yards passing (4,262) and total yards (6,201).

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

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.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

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.