It appears the Raiders may be parting ways with tight ends coach Bobby Johnson after all, and is expected to replace him with former Bears tight ends coach Frank Smith. This according to Adam Caplan.
#Raiders coaching news, per sources: Team is parting ways with TEs coach Bobby Johnson and is expected to hire Frank Smith, who coached #Bears TEs the past 3 years.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 12, 2018
This report comes a day after a report that said Johnson among four other coaches were “likely” sticking with the team under new head coach Jon Gruden.
Five members of last year's #Raiders coaching staff likely sticking around: TE Bobby Johnson, Safeties Brent Vieselmeyer, OLB Travis Smith, Asst WR Nick Holz and Asst OL Tim Holt— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) January 10, 2018
It also comes just a week after Johnson was “interviewed” as a “candidate” for the Raiders head coaching “vacancy” too.
Frank Smith spent the past three seasons as the tight end coach for the Bears. He was with the Saints for five seasons before that working his way up from Assistant Offensive line coach to Offensive Line coach his final two seasons in New Orleans.
It’s possible Johnson initially planned on staying with the Raiders but received a better offer elsewhere. His being tabbed as the head coach of the West squad in the Shrine game is evidence he is well respected and could be on the radar for a promotion. If that’s the case, we should find that out soon enough.