In a move that was widely expected, the Raiders named Chuck Bresnahan as their defensive coordinator Monday.
Bresnahan, who led Oakland's defense from 2000-03, was hired as defensive assistant earlier in the offseason before being elevated to coordinator.
"The fact that I've had the chance to be in defensive meetings with Chuck and watch him lead the defensive staff made it an easy decision to name him our defensive coordinator," said new head coach Hue Jackson. "I am impressed with his passion, attention to detail and energy. This staff gives us the opportunity to have one of the top defenses in the NFL."
Prior to returning to the Raiders, Bresnahan spent the past two seasons with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL. His other NFL stops have included Cleveland, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. In three seasons coordinating the Bengals' defense from 2005-07, the unit finished 27th or worse each year.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to come back to the Raiders and work again where we had so many great years," said Bresnahan. "It's so exciting to be reunited with Hue Jackson because of the passion and energy that he brings. I'm also thrilled to be a part of this talented staff, many of whom I've shared previous success with."