NFL Nation: Greg Biekert

NAPA, Calif. -- In his first year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Hue Jackson wants his players to understand the history of the franchise and the importance of restoring the winning tradition.

So Jackson turned on the film. And he pressed the way-back machine.

Jackson had a film produced that featured interviews with several of the team’s all-time great players like Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett and Jim Otto. Several other former Raider greats were featured including current coaches Steve Wisniewski, Rod Woodson and Greg Biekert.

Players spoke of what it meant to them to be a Raider. There were also plenty of highlights. To provide extra motivation, Jackson showed the team some highlights from the current players which he deemed were up to the standard of the Raiders of the 1970s and early 1980s.

“We’re chasing greatness,” Jackson said. “Not everyone is a Raider. I wanted them to see what it is and what it means to be a Raider. This is a special organization. There is history here and I want these guys to live up to being a Raider.”

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour said the message came through loud-and-clear.

“You could feel it,” Seymour said. “Just watching the film, showed the guys all the tradition of the this team. For me to see guys like Howe Long and Lyle Alzado, it was really inspiring.”

Jackson said it was especially powerful when film of Woodson, Wisniewski and Biekert were shown.

“Guys could look around and see those people in the room,” Jackson said. “Being a Raider is an opportunity. It’s a family.”

Raiders stay in-house for DC

March, 7, 2011
The mystery is over.

The Oakland Raiders have named a defensive coordinator.

The winner is Chuck Bresnahan, who was formerly the defensive coordinator in Oakland and in Cincinnati. Bresnahan and new Oakland head coach Hue Jackson worked together in Cincinnati. Bresnahan was the defensive coordinator when Oakland had success early in the previous decade.

[+] EnlargeOakland's Chuck Bresnahan
Scott A. Miller/US PRESSWIREThe Raiders made Chuck Bresnahan their defensive coordinator on Monday.
Bresnahan replaces John Marshall, who was not brought back.

Earlier Monday, we discussed Oakland’s defensive coordinator situation, which dragged out. It had long been expected that Bresnahan was the likely defensive coordinator candidate if the Raiders stayed in-house for their coordinator. When Bresnahan was hired earlier this offseason, he was not given a specific role. He was simply referred to as a “defensive coach.” He held that role until the Raiders promoted him Monday evening.

The Raiders were linked to several assistants from around the league, but in the end, they get a defensive leader who is familiar to both Oakland owner Al Davis and Jackson.

Bresnahan is a fiery coach who is known for being a strong teacher and for being very aggressive. The defensive coaching staff is highlighted by former Raiders’ defenders Greg Biekert and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson. Biekert is the linebackers coach and Woodson is the cornerbacks coach.

I think what’s important to remember here is that Bresnahan has been in Oakland for several weeks and he’s been watching film and working toward the future. So, while Monday’s appointment was late, Bresnahan has been hard at work for awhile.

Now, the next key is to see if Bresnahan's defense will feature start cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who will be the most sought-after free agents on the market when free agency begins.

Talking with Hue Jackson

February, 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS -- Random thoughts from Hue Jackson’s media sessions at the NFL combine:

Jackson said he isn’t sure if he is going to hire a defensive coordinator. He said he will look at candidates, but he also said he likes his current defensive staff. There is a chance Chuck Bresnahan could be named the coordinator.

Jackson said he is ultimately the offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special teams coach.

Jackson said that he is excited about his new staff and he thinks it’s going to be one of the best staffs in the NFL. He is particularly excited about having former Raiders Steve Wisniewski, Rod Woodson and Greg Biekert on the staff.

Jackson's eyes lit up when asked about Wisniewski’s nephew, Stefan Wisniewski. It is clear Jackson will consider taking the Penn State center/guard.

Jackson said he expects big things from second-year receiver Jacoby Ford. It's obvious Ford will be a starter. Jackson praised the Raiders’ young receiving crew and he said he is not sure the team needs a veteran receiver.

Jackson was asked about pursuing Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco. Jackson was careful not to break any league tampering rules and he said he couldn’t address Ochocinco. Yet, he did say the two were close.

Once again, Jackson pumped up quarterback Jason Campbell and said he believes Campbell can lead the Raiders to the playoffs.

Jackson said the Raiders will remain a 4-3 defense, but because they have so many defenders who are good fits for the 3-4, he said multiple sets will be used.

Jackson said he will continue to move toward being a power-blocking run team; the team will still use some zone-blocking schemes.

Jackson said he has been in touch with running back Michael Bush since his arrest for a DUI. He said Bush is doing well.

As he has been known to do, Jackson gushed about Oakland owner Al Davis. He said he doesn’t foresee any potential issues working for Davis and said he often picks Davis’ brain.