Sunday, July 13, 2008

Latest Raider News

While reading up on the latest news on the Oakland Raiders I came across an article written by Jerry McDonald an NFL Beat Writer of Bay Area News Group.

He stated that he was notified by Raider Brass that the team is on the verge of signing longtime NFL coach and former Offensive Coordinator of the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys. He most recently held the title of quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera has confirmed that Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and Paul Hackett have talked about a consultants position.

The Raiders will be signing him to an Offensive Consultant role. He is known for developing quarterbacks. He has faced criticism of his offense with pundits calling it more horizontal than vertical. Jerry McDonald appropriately asks the question is he being brought in as the Offensive Coordinator in waiting?

The question is being asked because current Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp held the same position with the Atlanta Falcons with then Head Coach Jim Mora. It has been widely reported that Mora will take over as Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks when Mike Holmgren steps down. This is expected to be his last year at the helm.

He has been soundly booed by fans of the above mentioned teams. He does have 20 years of NFL experience and a good football mind and being known to develop young quarterbacks is a needed source for the Raiders right now and can't hurt.

If Hackett is the Offensive Coordinator in waiting so to speak than having him here now will provide continuity in the event Greg Knapp bolts for Seattle at seasons end.

News on the Lamont Jordan Front. He is still a Raider and the team has been actively trying to trade him for a while. The reports were that the Lions and the Saints have an interest in him. Lamont Jordan was recently in Detroit although he has yet to receive an offer.

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