Monday, January 31, 2005

Colletto is new OL coach.

The Raiders hired Jim Colletto on Thursday to fill the offensive line coach vacancy created by the departure of Aaron Kromer eight days ago, the team announced in a news release.

Colletto, 60, coached the Baltimore Ravens offensive line the past six seasons. In all, he has coached 38 years in college and the NFL.

"Jim brings an attitude and mentality about the run game that will help us," Raiders coach Norv Turner said in the team release. "What Jim has done in Baltimore speaks for itself as he's helped the Ravens produce one of the top running attacks in the NFL. With his experience and background, Jim will be a great addition."

The Raiders finished last in rushing yards per game last season. Running back Amos Zereoue rushed for only 425 yards in amassing the lowest team-leading total in franchise history.

Colletto was fired by the Ravens on Jan. 10, one week after offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh resigned under pressure. The Ravens ranked 31st in total offense this season.

Oakland's offensive line did a respectable job protecting quarterback Kerry Collins despite the presence of rookies Jake Grove and Robert Gallery in the starting lineup for a large portion of the season.

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