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Oakland to hire Steelers O.C. Whisenhunt? (1 Viewer)

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They were talking today on Sirius NFL radio (I forget which show) that Al Davis hasn't yet hired a coach because he's waiting on Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, and Pittsburgh's season has to end before any negotiations can take place.I'd love it if the Raiders can lock him up. He came up with schemes yesterday which totally negated Denver's ability to get to Big Ben, and his offensive game plan this entire postseason has been flawless. That said, most of Oakland's problems are on the defensive side of the ball. If someone can explain to me why the Raiders inked defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to a 3 year contract, I'd love to hear it. He led the 27th-ranked defense, and they absolutely laid down at times.I guess the hierarchy blamed the players more than the coach.

 
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If I were Whisenhunt I would be wary of taking the Oakland job. Al Davis can be a royal pain in the ### to a coach, not to mention Randy Moss and the baggage he brings. If Whiz stays put one more year he'll be the top candidate next year.

 
Would be a solid hire, but Im expecting Davis to announce a college HC as their new leader. Just as soon as recruiting is over. Im thinking Pat Hill.

 
Would be a solid hire, but Im expecting Davis to announce a college HC as their new leader. Just as soon as recruiting is over. Im thinking Pat Hill.
Unlikely to happen. Hill gave himself a 2 week window to talk to NFL teams regarding HC jobs. That window closed last Friday.
 
Would be a solid hire, but Im expecting Davis to announce a college HC as their new leader.  Just as soon as recruiting is over.  Im thinking Pat Hill.
Unlikely to happen. Hill gave himself a 2 week window to talk to NFL teams regarding HC jobs. That window closed last Friday.
Ah well. Its obvious Davis is waiting for someone. Whether thats Wisenhunt, or a college coach, remains to be seen. Certainly not Carroll...wasnt the UCLA coach rumored to be in the mix?

 
Would be a solid hire, but Im expecting Davis to announce a college HC as their new leader.  Just as soon as recruiting is over.  Im thinking Pat Hill.
Unlikely to happen. Hill gave himself a 2 week window to talk to NFL teams regarding HC jobs. That window closed last Friday.
Ah well. Its obvious Davis is waiting for someone. Whether thats Wisenhunt, or a college coach, remains to be seen. Certainly not Carroll...wasnt the UCLA coach rumored to be in the mix?
Dorrell?PLEASE...

GOD...

NO!!!

:yucky:

 
Whisenhunt gets Raiders' interest

Steve Corkran

1/24/2006

And then there was one. As in, one NFL team without a coach. Or, just as Raiders managing general partner Al Davis' long track record suggested this process would play out.

Yes, folks, the Raiders are the lone team still searching for a head coach in light of **** Jauron's hiring by the Buffalo Bills on Monday and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair confirming he has agreed to hire Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Yet, there is hope. The Raiders intend to contact Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt about his interest in interviewing for the vacancy created by Norv Turner's firing three weeks ago, a person in the Raiders front office said Monday.

They had hoped to begin the process by now. However, the Steelers put a crimp in that timetable by beating Denver in the AFC Championship game Sunday and advancing to Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5. League rules stipulate that coaches on Super Bowl teams are off limits until the game has been played.

Whisenhunt, 43, was available for interviews earlier during the playoffs, but only the St. Louis Rams made a serious overture. (Ultimately, the Rams hired former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.)

Not that it matters much now. The Steelers' performance in their three playoff victories likely said all the Raiders need to know about Whisenhunt's qualifications.

The Steelers scored 31 points against the Cincinnati Bengals, 21 against the Indianapolis Colts and 34 against the Broncos. All three games were on the road, against teams with respectable defenses.

Furthermore, the Steelers offense has made huge strides in Whisenhunt's two seasons as offensive coordinator.

They improved from 31st in rushing yards per game in 2003 to second in '04, and they were fifth in rushing this season. By comparison, the Raiders were 16th in rushing yards per game in '03, 32nd in '04 and 29th this season.

Whisenhunt has accomplished such success with a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger who was in his first two NFL seasons, a slew of running backs and no reliable deep-threat receiver.

Davis said repeatedly in a conference call with Bay Area media Jan. 3 that the Raiders needed improved play from their offensive linemen, better production from running back LaMont Jordan and someone capable of generating more points than the Raiders did under Turner.

Whisenhunt is in his ninth season as an NFL coach. He coached tight ends for the Steelers from 2001-03. Before that, he was with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. He played tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Jets from 1985-93.

Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton are the only three candidates known to have interviewed with the Raiders so far. Saunders and Marinelli took jobs elsewhere.

http://www.contracostatimes.com

 
Oakland has to be careful here. On one hand, OAK is the only HC job in town at this point, so conventional wisdom much suggest Al Davis can take his time and find the right guy. However, as we all know, if Davis waits for two+ weeks to talk to Whisenhunt, it gets that much harder to put together a top quality coaching staff.I'm guessing the Raiders will keep a good chunk of their staff together [including R. Ryan as DC], which is yet another reason the OAK HC job isn't as sought after as others...you've got to let your guy pick his assistants.

 
Oakland has to be careful here. On one hand, OAK is the only HC job in town at this point, so conventional wisdom much suggest Al Davis can take his time and find the right guy. However, as we all know, if Davis waits for two+ weeks to talk to Whisenhunt, it gets that much harder to put together a top quality coaching staff.

I'm guessing the Raiders will keep a good chunk of their staff together [including R. Ryan as DC], which is yet another reason the OAK HC job isn't as sought after as others...you've got to let your guy pick his assistants.
:goodposting: Last time the raiders waited too long and ended up with Norv Turner which was a hire I despised at the time. My question is why didn't they talk to Wisenhunt yet? I know they are not allowed to now, but they had a chance a couple weeks ago. I completely agree that the coach needs to pick his own staff, but Al will just not budge on that. As far as the current coordinators I think Ryan has not had much to work with so I am willing to give him another shot. As long as Jimmy Raye is gone I will at least be somewhat happy.
 
THis was on the Opening Drive this morning I think. Both analysts hated the move for Whisenhunt, saying that leaving the good, stable position in Pitt for the whimsical Oakland coaching job would be a major transition. That said, an NFL HC job is an NFL HC job.

 
January 24, 2006 12:26 PM ETRaiders: Whisenhunt, Sherman drawing interestThe NewsAccording to the San Francisco Chronicle, the newest candidate atop the Raiders' wish list for a new head coach is Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. "He's at the top of their list,'' a person familiar with Whisenhunt and the Raiders' search told the Chronicle. "They'll be patient on this.'' Oakland may also interview former Packers coach Mike Sherman while they wait for Whisenhunt until after the Super Bowl.Our ViewAt this point, the Raiders can afford to wait, as every other head coaching vacancy has been filled. Oakland has ranked near the bottom of the rushing statistics in each of the past two seasons, so Whisenhunt's commitment to the run game is obviously compelling :popcorn:

 
Would be a solid hire, but Im expecting Davis to announce a college HC as their new leader. Just as soon as recruiting is over. Im thinking Pat Hill.
Unlikely to happen. Hill gave himself a 2 week window to talk to NFL teams regarding HC jobs. That window closed last Friday.
Ah well. Its obvious Davis is waiting for someone. Whether thats Wisenhunt, or a college coach, remains to be seen. Certainly not Carroll...wasnt the UCLA coach rumored to be in the mix?
Dorrell?PLEASE...

GOD...

NO!!!

:yucky:
I would think Dorrell's ties with Shanahan would probably keep him away from that job anyway.
 
I think Whisenhunt would be a great hire. That said, Oakland will look pretty lame if they don't snag him.

If someone can explain to me why the Raiders inked defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to a 3 year contract, I'd love to hear it. He led the 27th-ranked defense, and they absolutely laid down at times. I guess the hierarchy blamed the players more than the coach.
I mentioned something about this in another thread. Isn't fair to say that Oakland has a fairly serious lack of defensive talent? It seems like Oakland needs big time help at CB and LB. Not sure Marvin Lewis could have made this bunch play a lot better.
 
If someone can explain to me why the Raiders inked defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to a 3 year contract, I'd love to hear it.  He led the 27th-ranked defense, and they absolutely laid down at times. I guess the hierarchy blamed the players more than the coach.
Rob Ryan got hired for the same reason that Mike Shula was given a head coaching job by the Bengals at the time; their last names . Just because he's Buddy's son doesn't mean by any stretch of the imagination that he will be a sensational DC.

 
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Seriously. Coaching has as much to do w/ making the players look bad as anything. DBs are made to play 10 yards behind the WRs. DEs are made to play LB in a 4-3 scheme and are continually burnt in coverage. Forced the team to play a 3-4 defense for most of last season despite the weakness of the defense being its LBs (opposite of what you want in a 3-4). Forced DTs Sapp and Washington into awkward positions last year, when they are still good enough to play at a high level at their more natural positions. Continues to make a potentially great safety play CB as his previous DC did (Asomugha). Meanwhile, can't find a safety that can tackle or take proper angles to the ball, nor can he teach this simple technique. He can share the blame w/ the ST coach because HIS defenders constantly screw up kick coverage by not breaking down to make an open-field tackle. Instead, they go flying by @ full-speed trying to get a few frames on Sportscenter.AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!O.K., I'm done for now.

 
If Whisenhunt gets offered/accepts the Raiders HC position, I'm wondering what the chances are that he takes Russ Grimm with him in an OC/Positional Coach capacity? I'd guess the Steelers would have an opportunity to contest this? Would the Steelers be likely to promote Grimmy or offer him incentives to stay in Whisenhunt's absence?

Raiders/Steelers fans: Anyone think this is a likely possibility, and what are your opinions?

Edited. Whoops. :bag:

 
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As a fan of both the Raiders and Steelers (don't ask), I hope this doesn't go through. Ken seems to be pretty solid and won't last much longer in Pitt as an OC, but Davis would simply ruin his chance at a career. I'd love to see the Raiders get a coach like him, but not 'till Davis kicks the bucket and his heirress sells the team.Not sure of the Grimm situation. I'd really be surprised if he went to Oakland too.

 
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If Whisenhunt gets offered/accepts the Steelers HC position, I'm wondering what the chances are that he takes Russ Grimm with him in an OC/Positional Coach capacity? I'd guess the Steelers would have an opportunity to contest this? Would the Steelers be likely to promote Grimmy or offer him incentives to stay in Whisenhunt's absence?

Raiders/Steelers fans: Anyone think this is a likely possibility, and what are your opinions?
Why, is Cowher retiring after the SB? ;)
 

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