The long awaited announcement was finally made earlier this week—the Oakland Raiders promoted assistant coach Chuck Bresnahan to Defensive Coordinator.

 

Chuck Bresnahan was previously the Defensive Coordinator for the Raiders when the team won three consecutive AFC Titles and Super Bowl XXXVII appearance. 

 

Is this another one of Al Davis' shenanigans in order to have another puppet?  It may look a little like it—Bresnahan did coach in the UFL last season—but don't let it that fool you.  With his first stint with the Silver and Black, he was highly successful and knew exactly how to teach his players to get to the opposing quarterback. 

 

Oakland brought back Bresnahan to its coaching staff a few weeks ago as an aforementioned assistant coach, but the title left him without any particular duties.  A position had been available with the dismissal of John Marshall, and after some speculation, the team finally did the inevitable—promoting Bresnahan to Defensive Coordinator.  He joins several new defensive coaches who've been added within the offseason, including Hall of Fame DB Charles Woodson and LB Coach Greg Bieker. 

 

The aggressive stance made this offseason via free agency has come mostly on defense prior to a new CBA, with the likes of DE Richard Seymour, DT John Henderson and CB Standford Routt resigning with the team and Kamerion Wimbley receiving the Franchise Tag.  However, two crucial acquisitions have not been made in the secondary—resigning Pro Bowler and star corner Nnamdi Asomugha and safety Michael Huff.  If these two players are brought back next season, new deals will be presented after the CBA is approved. 

 

Regardless of what unfolds with Asomugha and Huff, the Raiders are equipped with some young, gifted and rising star defenders, featuring last year's top two draft picks, LB Rolando McClain and DT Lamarr Houston.

 

Bresnahan has plenty to work with on the field moving forward and the focal point from him will be to improve a persistent problem the Raiders have had in recent years—run defense.  Raider Nation discovered the missing puzzle to the coaching staff in 2011.  Now the pieces just have to be put into play.