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January 22, 2010
Raiders re-hire Waufle as D-line coach


The Raiders have indeed announced the return of Mike Waufle to the fold to coach the defensive line. Following is the official release:

"The Oakland Raiders are pleased to announce that Mike Waufle will rejoin the Raiders as the Defensive Line Coach. Mike has an outstanding record of success as a defensive line coach and has participated in Super Bowls with the Raiders and Giants. New York's Super Bowl victory over New England featured dominating defensive line play. Mike is thrilled with the opportunity to rejoin the Raiders. He and Coach Cable spent six years together at the University of California where they enjoyed working together."

Hmmmmm, did you catch that Tom Cable reference at the end? Why mention their previous working relationship if it would not matter in the near future? A clue perhaps? Stay tuned...


Perhaps the worst secret of the week was confirmed by the Raiders on Friday - that Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Hue Jackson has indeed been in Alameda interviewing with the team.

But despite the reports coming out of Baltimore Friday morning - that Jackson was interviewing for a head coaching job still purportedly held by Tom Cable - the Raiders told the Oakland Trib's Jerry Mac that Jackson was interviewing to be the team's new offensive coordinator.

Cable handled play-calling duties last season and acknowledged that he stretched himself too thin at times. Perhaps Jackson will come in to work under Cable, should Cable be retained. Cable, though, told CSN Bay Area that he had not met with Jackson.

As strange as that may sound, really, it's no big deal. Al Davis has no issues in hiring assistants under head coaches so not much should be read into that, if anything at all.

And as Day 19 of Cable Watch '10 endured, ESPN reported that the Raiders hired former defensive line coach Mike Waufle, late of the New York Giants, to replace Dwaine Board, though the team has made no announcements. Waufle was part of the Gruden Regime in his first Tour of Duty with the Raiders, coaching the D-line from 1998-2003. His highlight with the Giants - helping engineer New York's Super Bowl upset of the then-undefeated New England Patriots two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Chronicle had special teams assistant Aaron Pelch and quality control coaches Bert Leone and Rich Scangarello being retained, while the Trib had their contracts not being renewed.

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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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