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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Coaching Staff QUALITY CONTROL – OFFENSE 5th season in NFL ■ 5th season with Raiders Nick Holz enters his second season as quality control – offense with the Raiders in 2016, having spent three seasons as the team’s offensive assistant, from 2012-14. Holz’s focus last year was primarily on the wide receivers, where he helped a young, talented corps. Holz guided first-round draft pick WR Amari Cooper set rookie-franchise records for receptions (72), receiving yards (1,070) and 100-yard games (five). His reception total stands as the most by an NFL wide receiver 21 years old or younger. Cooper passed the 1,000-yard mark in just 14 games, becoming the first Raiders rookie and the first Raider since 2005 to reach that milestone. Holz also helped free agent WR Michael Crabtree thrive during his first season in Oakland, leading the team with 85 receptions for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2014, Holz helped to groom the team’s receivers while helping several free-agent acquisitions adapt into productive roles. Holz developed WR Andre Holmes, as he went on to set career highs with 47 receptions and 693 yards, and second-year WR Brice Butler emerged as a deep threat with 21 receptions and two touchdowns. TIGHT ENDS 7th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSISTANT 2nd season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders 34 Gameday MAGAZINE Holz worked extensively with Oakland’s youthful receiving corps in 2013, helping second-year WR Rod Streater lead the team with 60 receptions and 888 yards. Streater also set a career singlegame mark, collecting 130 receiving yards on seven catches and one touchdown against the New York Jets on Dec. 8. In 2012, Holz aided Streater, who become one of the most productive undrafted rookie players in recent NFL history. Streater’s 39 catches in 2012 were tied for third most among undrafted rookies since 2000, and fourth most by a Raider rookie. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Holz assisted on a Stanford staff that led the Cardinal to appearances in the Sun Bowl, Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. As an assistant quarterbacks coach, he helped QB Andrew Luck earn first-team All-American honors and finish as the runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting twice. He began his collegiate coaching career at Nebraska, where he served as offensive quality control coach and video intern for the Cornhuskers in 2007. NICK HOLZ Bobby Johnson enters his second year with Oakland as tight ends coach. In his 21-year coaching career, 15 of them at the collegiate level, Johnson has spent eight seasons coaching tight ends and the last six seasons working in the NFL. Under Johnson’s tutelage in 2015, third-year TE Mychal Rivera appeared in all 16 games and finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 32 receptions, for 280 yards and one touchdown. Free agent signee TE Lee Smith completed his fifth NFL season starting a career-high 15 games and set a career high with 12 receptions. Third-round draft pick TE Clive Walford emerged as a dependable receiving option and blocker throughout his rookie campaign, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 28 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Johnson spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions as tight ends coach (2013) and assistant offensive line coach (2014). He brought a rejuvenated approach to the Lions tight end corps in 2013, as his instruction allowed for the emergence of one of the NFL’s top tight end duos in TE Brandon Pettigrew and undrafted rookie TE Joseph Fauria. Pettigrew (two) and Fauria (seven) combined for nine of QB Matthew Stafford’s 29 touchdown passes in 2013, and totaled a combined 59 receptions for 623 yards. Fauria set the franchise record for touchdown receptions by a rookie tight end, and his three-touchdown performance in Week 6 at Cleveland set a single-game franchise record among tight ends and all rookies. His seven scores were also tied for second among all 2013 rookies. Prior to joining the Lions, Johnson served a one-year stint as tight ends coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and two years as assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills (2010-11). With the Jaguars, Johnson helped veteran TE Marcedes Lewis to his second 50-reception season and his third 500-yard season, while also recording his second-highest touchdown total with four scores. Under his guidance, the Bills’ offensive line ranked tied for seventh in the NFL from 2010-11 with just 57 sacks allowed. The team also averaged 4.6 rushing yards per attempt over those two seasons, good for sixth in the league. From 2005-09, Johnson was the offensive line coach at Indiana, where he developed two current NFL linemen in G/T Rodger Saffold, a second-round selection of the St. Louis Rams in 2010, and G James Brewer, a New York Giants’ fourth-round pick in 2011. Before his stint at Indiana, Johnson was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), his alma mater, from 1999-2004, helping the RedHawks to a 13-1 season, a MAC Championship and GMAC Bowl victory in 2003. He also helped the team to an 8-5 finish in 2004 and a berth in the Independence Bowl. He spent his final season at Miami (Ohio) as offensive line coach after working with the tight ends from 1999-2003. During his five-year tenure, the RedHawks were 36-5 when outrushing the opponent. At Miami (Ohio), Johnson worked with eventual NFL draft picks G Jacob Bell (Tennessee Titans, 2004 fifth-round selection) and G Alex Sulfsted (Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 sixth-round selection), as well as free-agent signees TE Matt Brandt (Detroit Lions, 2004) and T Ben Herrell (Carolina Panthers, 2004). Johnson spent four years at the University of Akron, the first two as a graduate assistant (1995- 96) and then as the Zips’ defensive line coach (1997-98). BOBBY JOHNSON Kevin Kijowski is in his second season as strength and conditioning assistant with the Raiders, having joined the club before the 2015 season. Prior to his time in Oakland, he spent four years at the collegiate level, working stints as an assistant strength coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Appalachian State University. In 2015, Kijowski and the rest of the strength and conditioning staff implemented a new strength and conditioning program that assisted the team to a four-win improvement from the 2014 season. In his role last year, Kijowski designed and executed player monitoring systems and conditioning for all athletes, as well as implementing the performance nutrition systems. Kijowski joined the Raiders after serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at his undergraduate alma mater, UNC-Wilmington, in 2014. While with the Seahawks, Kijowski had the opportunity to train and work alongside a variety of athletes, primarily in men’s and women’s soccer. In 2013, Kijowski was a performance specialist at world-renowned EXOS, formerly Athlete’s Performance, in Phoenix, Ariz. While at EXOS, a leader in integrated performance training, nutrition and physical therapy for elite and professional athletes, Kijowski worked alongside current Raiders head strength and conditioning coach Joe Gomes, formerly the director of EXOS, and fellow Raiders strength and conditioning assistant Wes Miller, in developing and implementing performance training programs for professional, amateur and youth athletes in a wide array of sports. Prior to joining EXOS, Kijowski worked at Fort Bragg Military Base in North Carolina in 2013, where he implemented sleep monitoring systems and trained military personnel. Kijowski began his coaching career while a graduate student at Appalachian State, where he served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant from 2011-13. KEVIN KIJOWSKI


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7
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