The Oakland Raiders have added former standout offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski to their coaching staff as an assistant offensive line coach. He was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford. The Raiders put out a press release announcing Wisniewski’s hiring in which he was referred to as a “Raider legend.” Wisniewski, who played for the Raiders from 1989-2001, was known as a tough, hard-nosed player.
Wisniewski’s addition in Oakland will not do anything to slow talk that the Raiders could pursue Wisniewski’s nephew, Stefan Wisniewski. The Penn State product could be a high second-round pick. Oakland’s first pick is No. 48. Wisniewski could be attractive to Oakland because he can play guard and center and Oakland could use help at both spots.
I don’t see Jeff Fisher’s unexpected departure from Tennessee having much of a bearing on the AFC West in 2011. No team in the division is going to fire their current coach to hire Fisher. He is a defensive specialist, but forget the idea of him becoming Oakland’s defensive coordinator -- one of two key job opening remaining in the division along with Kansas City’s offensive-coordinator job. Fisher will wait for a head-coaching gig.
The Denver Post reports there is interest in former Broncos’ defensive coordinator Don Martindale.
Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders in an ESPN.com Insider piece has a look at how Denver’s defense will look under new coach John Fox.
The Kansas City Chiefs reduced their support staff this week as part of a workforce reduction.