Just a tad more than a month after hiring Chuck Bresnahan as a “defensive coach,” the Oakland Raiders have announce that Chuck will serve as the teams new Defensive Coordinator. It will be Bresnahan’s second tour of duty as Oakland’s coordinator after serving in the role from 2000-2003.
On a statement via Twitter, Head Coach Hue Jackson said “I am impressed with [Bresnahan’s] passion, attention to detail and energy..” Jackson went on to add “The fact that I’ve had the chance to be in defensive meetings with Chuck and watch him lead the defensive staff made it an easy decision to name him our defensive coordinator.”
Bresnahan’s defense finished in the top ten of points allowed in two of his first three seasons as coordinator from 2000 to 2002, before bottoming out in a disastrous 2003 campaign in which the team allowed 379 points and finished 25th in defense. Last month when the team hired Rod Woodson as a defensive backs coach, he mentioned showing more looks next season in an effort to make more plays in the secondary. We will see if that happens in the 2011 season with the team more than likely losing the services of Nnamdi Asomugha…
Bresnahan said of his hiring as Defensive Coordinator, “This is an incredible opportunity for me to come back to the Raiders and work again where we had so many great years. I’m also thrilled to be a part of this talented staff, many of whom I’ve shared previous success with..”
Other than his previous stint with The Raiders, Chuck also has spent time with The Browns, The Colts and also with The Bengals. Bresnahan and his wife Erin have four daughters-Megan, Caitlin, Caroline and Danielle. His father Tom Bresnahan, was a longtime football coach, where he spent sixteen years as an NFL assistant, including with the Buffalo Bills, where he coached in their four straight Super Bowl defeats.
No matter what the defense shows this up coming season, there seems to be a sense that Al Davis is (still) running the show on both offense and defense, more so with the hiring of Raider’s alum to try to put the pieces in place for a play-off run..