AFC West: John Grieco

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen has completed his staff with the addition of four assistants, the team officially announced Thursday.

Earlier in the week the Raiders confirmed the hiring of Joe Woods as defensive backs coach. Marcus Robertson will join Woods as the assistant DB coach as they replace Johnnie Lynn and Clayton Lopez. The Raiders last season had franchise worsts in touchdown passes allowed in a season (33) and passer rating against (105.1).

Also, former Dallas Cowboys placekicker Chris Boniol replaces Keith Burns as assistant special-teams coach under Bobby April. Sebastian Janikowski is coming off a season in which he missed nine field goals and his 70 percent conversion rate was the third worst of his career. Boniol was the Cowboys’ assistant special-teams coach the past four years.

Lastly, Vernon Stephens was named assistant strength and conditioning coach after John Grieco was promoted with the retirement of Al Miller. Stephens spent the past four years as the San Diego Chargers’ assistant strength and conditioning coach.
The Raiders made seven coaching moves Thursday; none of them is shocking.

Running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski will remain in their roles. Meanwhile, former Houston assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack will run the Raiders offensive line. Pollack worked with new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Houston the past two seasons.

The team also announced that Al Miller will be the strength coach and that he'll be assisted by John Grieco. Miller – who worked with new Oakland coach Dennis Allen in Atlanta – is one of the most respected strength coaches ever, and was with the Broncos during the early John Elway days.

Former Raiders fullback Justin Griffith, who played for Knapp in four different NFL cities, will be the offensive quality-control coach. Eric Sanders will be the Raiders’ defensive quality-control coach.

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