Raiders Blog and Q&A

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January 27, 2009
Board comes aboard

Some staffing updates:

*Dwaine Board is officially the Raiders new defensive line coach.

Board, 52, was most recently the defensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 2003-08. Board coached defensive linemen for the 49ers from 1990-02.

*The Raiders are interested in retaining scout Paul Hackett as a member of the coaching staff.

Hackett, 61, frequently spent time walking laps around the Raiders' practice fields for exercise during the season could emerge as the new quarterbacks coach.

Hackett also has experience as an offensive coordinator. His last stint in that capacity was with the New York Jets (2001-04). He was the quarterbacks coach in Tampa Bay from 2005-07.

The Bee's 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows reported last week the 49ers also have interest in Hackett.

Before firing Lane Kiffin, Hackett was one of the coaches Raiders owner Al Davis met with about possibly taking over the team.

*Darren Perry has left the Raiders to coach safeties in Green Bay. He spent two seasons with the Raiders. He'd already been replaced as secondary coach by former Green Bay cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington.

*Former 49ers and most recently, Seattle defensive coordinator John Marshall is reported to be a candidate to be the Raiders' next defensive coordinator. The Raiders haven't confirmed any interest in Marshall. Mike Haluchak, who spent the last four seasons coaching linebackers in Cleveland, is reported to be a candidate to fill the same position with the Raiders.

*And finally, for Raider fans that want Jon Gruden back, make sure not to call Simeon Rice for a reference.

On Sirius NFL Radio, Rice, the former Pro Bowl defensive end called Gruden a "scumbag."

"You look at what he did when Chris (Simms) damn near died on the field he wanted to release him right when he got injured," Rice said. "I get hurt, my shoulder's torn off the bone. This dude releases me. You know what I mean? I'm your guy. The list goes on. Keenan McCardell, that situation was a debacle. Keyshawn Johnson, another situation [that] was a debacle. Joey Galloway, which was his man, was in the dog house all year because he got injured, broke his ankle or whatever. Brad Johnson, that situation was bad. Brings Jeff Garcia in here, oh, he's going to change things. I helped recruit him [and he] released me, kept Jeff and then put him in the dog house. Gets rid of Brian Greise, brings him, starts a controversy. It was chaotic. I'm giving you facts."

That said, Raider fans would happily welcome Gruden back. But it's not going to happen.


--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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