Departure of Steve Wisniewski a Blow to Raiders Offensive Line

If you think your job is hard, consider the working conditions of an assistant football coach. It's not easy. The pay is above-average; not great unless you are a coordinator. The work hours are brutal, 12-14 hours per day, seven days per week during the football season. It's fun, when the team is winning. It's not so fun when the team is losing.

There is no stability. Coaches get three years to make a losing franchise a winner. Every three years, your entire family could be moving. Some situations are more stable at the top, but they don't hesitate to use assistant coaches as a scapegoats. Wisniewski wasn't a career coach, and he was in a special situation having been an All-Pro for the Raiders.

Although Wisniewski's situation was special, the job is taxing physically and mentally, and it's still hard on the families. Coaching is not for everyone, and now we know it is not for Wisniewski.

Wisniewski entered coaching full-time just last year. Al Davis gave him a chance after he was a strength and conditioning intern for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. A lot was made of Wisniewski staying on Greg Knapp's staff as assistant offensive line coach because he had helped coach a surprise position group last year. It's irrelevant now. The demands of coaching were too much.

Don't blame Wisniewski; he did the right thing at the right time. For the Raiders, they are now without an assistant offensive line coach. Not every team has an assistant offensive line coach, and the Raiders still have head offensive line coach Frank Pollack. There is probably a young and eager assistant willing to help in 2012.

Wisniewski is a loss because while Pollack was teaching schemes, Wisniewski could have been teaching technique. Wisniewski was a unique coach, having been a great offensive lineman himself. Losing that experience will be difficult to replace because there is a difference between knowing what to do an...

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