John Fassel, who has been with the Silver & Black since 2009, will join the St. Louis Rams’ new coaching staff.
The Oakland Raiders also lost Mike Waufle to Jeff Fisher a few days back.
Fassel has become one of the better special team coaches in the league since arriving in Oakland. Sure, it makes his job easier when he has perennial Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler, two time Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo and one of the more dangerous legs in the league in Sebastian Janikowski.
But his units have shown to be fiery and very creative in recent years.
In 2010, Fassel left his mark in an early October match versus the San Diego Chargers. He saw protecting issues along San Diego’s punt formation and Oakland got two key blocks in that contest.
A year earlier, Brandon Myers had a game altering forced fumble on special teams in the Raiders win versus the Bengals.
Fassel has groomed some very good players on the unit, including Condo, Myers, Hiram Eugene and Isaiah Ekejiuba.
In recent years, he’s helped develop Jacoby Ford into a threat as a kick returner with solid blocking schemes in front of the speedster and even designed a touchdown pass, from Lechler, to Kevin Boss off a fake field goal in a contest versus the Browns.