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Raiders hire new strength and conditioning coach


The Oakland Raiders coming into this season are undergoing a lot of changes. One of them is improving their overall health. This is why they have brought in a new strength and conditioning coach.

Per Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Raiders have hired on A.J. Neibel to head their conditioning program next season. He’s a former member of the Raiders training staff. He worked there from 2003-2008. He also spent times with the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Last season, the team’s strength and conditioning coach was let go in the continued firesale from the organization. Head coach Jon Gruden let him go due to a “personal matter.”

Gruden told the San Francisco Chronicle:

“That’s a personal matter. I’ll just leave it at that. Tom’s a good friend, really good at what he does. It’s a personal matter and unfortunately, we’re going to have to go in a different direction, and that’s something we’re going to have to do when the season’s over.”

The Raiders last season hired Jon Gruden coming into the season with a 10 year, $100 million contract. Gruden then traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and gutted the team. His goal is to reset the team and the culture to fit his outlook. Anybody who stood in his way or didn’t oblige, he moved on from.

The Raiders ended up finishing the season 4-12 and sitting fourth in the AFC West Division. It will be intriguing to see how Gruden will rebuild this team moving forward.