When the Oakland Raiders' season ended, head coach Dennis Allen expressed his desire to retain his assistant coaches. After some doubt, that is now the case as the team and 14 coaches have agreed to stay on for the 2014 season. Earlier the Raiders were able to get agreements done with assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. Now the rest of the staff will join them.
The Raiders agreed to bring back special team's coach Bobby April, quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, strength and conditioning coach John Grieco, offensive quality control assistant Justin Griffith, tight ends coach Mark Hutson, offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Linebackers coach Bob Sanders, defensive quality control assistant Eric Sanders, senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, running backs coach Kelly Skipper, and defensive line coach Terrell Williams.
Despite the Raiders 4-12 record, most of these position coaches did a good job with what they had and were able to get progression from players. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie talked about continuity in his end of the year wrap-up and that is exactly what the Raiders are doing here. They have assembled a large portion of the same staff, with some defensive backs coaches and special teams assistants not retained, and will have no turnover at head coach or coordinators. Now the last step is bolstering the roster with talent so the coaches have a better chance at success.