February 1, 2013, 03:13 PM
The four open coaching spots have been filled for the upcoming season:


January 25th, Bob Sanders named Linebackers Coach

Hired as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2009, he moved to outside linebackers coach and then eventually took over the linebacking unit. Prior to his time in Buffalo, he spent 2005 in Green Bay as a defensive end coach and then became their defensive coordinator from 2006-2008. Previously he was also Miami's linebackers coach from 2001-2004.

Sanders had 22 years of assistant coaching in college prior to moving to the NFL where he's been for the last 11 years.



January 23rd, Tony Sparano named O-line/Asst Head Coach

Recently served as offensive coordinator for the Jets. While that outing didn't look too good on paper, he was well liked while Head Coach of the Dolphins and was part of the Cowboys winning seasons under Bill Parcells. He spent time with the Redskins, Jaguars and Browns as well.

Sparano has 30 years of coaching experience, 9 years as a head coach.



January 19th, Greg Olson named Offensive Coordinator

Olson most recently was the quarter backs/asst head coach at Jacksonville. Prior to his stint there he was QB coach for Tampa Bay then elevated to offensive coordinator. He was offensive coordinator for the Rams, Lions and QB coach at Chicaco and SF.

Most importantly, he will implement the power blocking scheme that McFadden has flourished in in the past.

26 years of coaching experience including 11 as NFL asst and 6 as OC.



January 19th, Bobby April named Special Teams coordinator

Bobby has spent 21 seasons as an assistant coach in the league overseeing special teams units since 1991. 13 years of experience as an assistant coach with several colleges. He is well respected in the league.


So... the Raiders coaching staff just got a lot more experienced. Let's hope said experience equates to a better team in the 2013 season.
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February 2, 2013  12:29 AM ET

I wasn't too excited about April or Olson when they were first hired, but did get excited about Sparano and Sanders right away. A little more reading about April and Olson make me feel better about the hires. The experience is a plus for sure.

The asst head coach title for Sparano was interesting to me. But it can't be a bad thing.

 
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