AFC West: Jim Michalczik
Oakland just announced that Wylie will coach the offensive line. Former Raiders great Steve Wisniewski was added as assistant offensive line coach last week.
“Bob is a spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sergeant,” Oakland head coach Hue Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “His vast knowledge and experience, including last year with a team in our division, will really help us as we move forward in assembling a good offensive line.”
Wylie coached the offensive line in Denver in 2009. Former coach Josh McDaniels moved away from the zone-blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan used and that McDaniels adopted in 2008. Wylie was not retained by new Denver coach John Fox.
It seems like Oakland will likely make the move to the more traditional power-blocking scheme that Wylie specializes in. Former Oakland coach Tom Cable used a zone-blocking scheme. Cable’s offensive line coaches Jim Michalczik and Chris Morgan will not return, either.
This could mean the Raiders will be looking for some new personnel on the line. Guards Cooper Carlisle and Robert Gallery are better suited for a zone-blocking scheme. Bruce Campbell, who just completed his rookie season will likely get a chance to compete to be a starter. The massive Campbell should translate well to the power-blocking scheme as does left tackle Jared Veldheeer, who just finished his rookie season. Veldheer visited Denver before the draft last year, so Wylie is familiar with him.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Broncos have added another piece of the Patriots to their mix. Former New England linebacker Roman Phifer was added an assistant linebackers coach.
He was on New England's three Super Bowl-winning teams earlier this decade. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels came from New England where he was the offensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns was retained as special teams coach.
Also in the AFC West, the Raiders completed their staff by adding Jim Michalczik, who was recently hired as offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. He had worked at Cal for the past several years. Michalczik returns to the Bay Area to coach the offensive line. He is close friends with Raiders coach Tom Cable.