It certainly didn’t take long for former Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman to find a new gig. Just days after the Chiefs announced he wouldn’t be back, Hoffman found work within the AFC West.
Hoffman is headed to the Oakland Raiders, according to Alex Marvez, where he will get to work with two of the NFL’s best specialists in K Sebastian Janikowski and P Shane Lechler.
Last year under Hoffman, Chiefs K Ryan Succop hit on 80 percent of his kicks, compared to 89 for Janikowski. Hoffman was credited with correcting an issue with Succop that helped him rebound from a senior season at South Carolina that saw him connect on just 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
Punter Dustin Colquitt had a net average of 40.1 yards this season, good for tenth in the league. Lechler finished fifth with a 40.9 net average thanks in large part to his amazing 50.8 average.
New Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, hasn’t been shy about recruiting talent from every team in the division. He interviewed former San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for the same position in Oakland and wanted to talk with Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith but was denied permission.
As much as it kills me to say it, the Raiders are actually putting together a solid staff. Much like new GM Reggie McKenzie, Allen isn’t just hiring a predictable group of “his guys”. Here’s hoping things turn back to the “Raiders Way” we all know and love quickly.
As for Hoffman… one benefit of leaving Kansas City is he won’t have to worry about being assaulted by Barry Richardson again (without any punishment from the team).