Last month the Raiders hired Craig Dickenson to replace Aaron Pelch as the assistant special teams coordinator. He will work under special teams coordinator John Fassel.

 

Dickenson spent the past eight years working with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. He intended to take this year off. However, that changed once he received a call from Fassel in March.

 

 

He met with Fassel two years ago at the Senior Bowl in Alabama, and they stayed in touch. They have similar interests. With that they will develop a strategies as Special Team coaches this coming season.

 

Dickenson, 38, also has coached with the San Diego Chargers and several other colleges. “I never expected to be back in the NFL this soon,” Dickenson said. In fact, he was planning to take a year away from coaching and reconnect with family and friends. Dickenson is a rarity in that he was hired by Raiders coach Tom Cable despite not having previous ties with the third-year coach.

 

He thanks John Fassel and Cable for thinking outside the box and hiring a guy that they never worked with before. The opportunity to coach in the NFL was probably too good to pass up according to Dickerson.