The Oakland Raiders completed their offensive coaching staff over the weekend with three hires.
- Bobby Johnson: tight ends coach
- Rob Moore: wide receivers coach
- Bernie Parmalee: running backs coach
And no, the Raiders have still not hired a defensive coordinator, even though they reportedly interviewed someone from the college ranks over the weekend.
Moore and Parmalee are relatively inexperienced as coaches, but both had long playing careers. Though Parmalee was a running back in the NFL for nine seasons (his best years were 1994-95, when he rushed for 1,746 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Dolphins), his entire coaching career has been spent as a tight ends coach. He’s worked in both college and the NFL, doing two stints in each. He has not coached in the NFL since 2012. Last season, Parmalee was a quality control coach for Kansas University. The Raiders have running back Latavius Murray who broke out late last season, and will likely add another back or two this offseason. It will be interesting to see what impact Parmalee has on a run game that was atrocious before Murray finally started getting some touches.
Moore, who had 9,368 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns in a 10-year career with the Jets and Cardinals, will now take on his second NFL coaching job after spending one season as the wide receivers coach with the Buffalo Bills. Moore previously spent five years as a wide receivers coach in college, working one year at a junior college before a four-year stint at Syracuse. This is probably one of the more important coaching hires for the Raiders, since the wide receiver position was arguably their thinnest in 2014.
Both Moore and Parmalee were in the NFL around the same time that Jack Del Rio was playing middle linebacker. Though Del Rio has never worked with either as a coach, he is surely familiar with both from their playing days.
Johnson is the only coach hired over the weekend who has a lengthy resume. Johnson has been coaching in the NFL for five years after spending 15 years coaching in the college ranks. Last season Johnson was an assistant offensive line coach in Detroit, and he coached the Lions’ tight ends in 2013. The Raiders tight end position has been less than fantastic the past few years, but there is hope with Mychal Rivera. He is entering his third year and has shown a ton of promise, but there’s plenty of room for improvement as well.