Oakland Raiders: New Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack Looks for Improvement in 2012
Luis Reyes – May 29, 2012
Except for a few coaches, the entire Oakland Raiders' coaching staff has been replaced and revamped for 2012. The only offensive coaches on the payroll from last season are Kelly Skipper (Running Backs), Steve Wisniewski (Assistant Offensive Line) and Al Saunders (Senior Offensive Assistant).
It's not far-fetched to believe the Raiders will take a step forward in every position this upcoming season. Not just because of the new coaching staff, but also because of the new player additions and the entire change-over in the executive offices. Players are seeing this opportunity as a fresh start to prove their worth in the NFL.
Before we get started, lets go over the new offensive position coaches the Oakland Raiders added this season:
John DeFillipo, (Quarterbacks) Ted Gilmore, (Wide Receivers) Mark Hutson, (Tight Ends) Greg Knapp, (Offensive Coordinator) Frank Pollack, (Offensive Line).
So to get back on topic, who will be the offensive position coach to most improve his squad most in 2012? Well Ladies and Gentlemen of the Silver and Black, it could very well be Frank Pollack, the new offensive line coach.
This guy did wonders in Houston. As an assistant, he helped put together one of the best offensive lines in football, especially when it came to run blocking. People rave about how great Arian Foster is, but if you look back at the tape from last season and 2010 you can see the great job the offensive line did. They opened up holes and got to the second level with ease.
Imagine what this would do for Darren McFadden!
Frank Pollack has got to be one of the best zone blocking coaches in the NFL right now, and luckily he is wearing silver and black. Even second string running backs where successful thanks to the great blocking from the line. Not taking credit away from the running backs, but the offensive linemen were greatly coached and rarely broke down on their fundamentals.
The cherry on top of the sundae is the noticeable additions the Raiders have made to the O-Line. Besides the aforementioned great coaching, they bring in a great offensive lineman in Mike Brisiel who has played most of his career with Frank Pollack in Houston and is one of the best zone blocking guards in the league.
Oakland also drafted Tony Bergstrom who is projected to be a very successful guard in the zone blocking scheme with proper coaching. The Raiders also get rid of Samson Satele, (addition by subtraction) which means Stefen Wisniewski gets to move back to his college position of center. They also bring back zone blocking veteran Cooper Carlisle who, at worst, will be an excellent back up.
The Raiders offensive line did a great job in 2012; they were solid in past protection and opened up great holes for the running backs all year, but it's more than just probable they will be even better this season.
A rejuvenated offensive line with great coaching and excellent players bursting with talent is what will define the Raiders' offense in 2012. Look for Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden to have great success behind these guys.
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