Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Look at Next Years Staff

by: Michael Steffes

The rumors about the Jim Mora's staff continue to mount. The original place that some some of the speculation began from was this article by John Czarnecki, which states...

"It's also no secret that current Oakland assistans Greg Knapp and Tom Rathman will be on Jim Mora's 2009 Seattle coaching staff."

Now we can add another possible name to the staff. The Silver and Black Blog at the San Francisco Chronicle has this recent post, which says...

"But, tuck this one away for future reference: current offensive line coach Tom Cable is under contract through this year, but he is rumored to be headed to Seattle after this to rejoin future Seahawks coach Jim Mora."

It appears that there could be quite a house cleaning on the offensive side of the ball come next season. None of these coaches are bad coaches. They all coached on the San Fran teams in the early part of the decade under Steve Mariucci. They worked under Mora in Atlanta. Oakland just happened to be where they caught on. That said they did a decent job last year with little to work with. It will be interesting to see how that offense functions this year, with two years in the system and few more playmakers on that side of the ball. A side note on Cable, he played high school football for Snohomish.

The good news is that the 2008 staff has a whole bunch of guys who are coaching with the knowledge that they will need a new gig next year. Think of this year as an audition. They are likely to do some very good work in an effort to build their resumes.

As for the defense, well Mora coached a top ranked defense with John Marshall in SF, so hopefully we can keep some continuity on one side of the ball. There is going to be a lot more to talk about next offseason, that is for sure. END