Originally written on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 11/19/14

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 22: Linebacker Keith Burns #51 and Al Wilson #56 of the Denver Broncos stretch during spring minicamp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre in the Dove Valley Business Park of Englewood, Colorado May 22, 2006. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)


The Oakland Raiders have added two more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.


There were rumors last week that Holland had joined the Raiders coaching staff as the new linebackers coach and those rumors turned out to be true. The hire makes considerable sense knowing the history between Holland and head coach Dennis Allen as well as GM Reggie McKenzie.

He played with Allen at Texas A&M, Allen's alma mater. He was then drafted in the second round by the Packers in 1987. Holland played seven seasons for the Packers, posting six straight seasons with at least 100 tackles before retiring in 1994. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2001.

Holland began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers in 1995—just a year after McKenzie joined the Packers front office. He was promoted to special teams coach (1998), then linebackers coach (1999). While on Mike Holmgren's staff in Green Bay, he helped lead the Packers to back-to-back NFC Championships following the 1996 and 1997 seasons and a World Championship in Super Bowl XXXI.

Johnny Holland, a veteran of seven NFL seasons as a player and 16 seasons as an assistant coach, was most recently the linebackers coach for the Houston Texans for five years (2006-10). Holland coached two AP Defensive Rookies of the Year during his time in Houston, tutoring DeMeco Ryans (2006) and Brian Cushing (2009).

Prior to joining the Texans, Holland spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions as defensive assistant (2003-04) and linebackers coach (2005).

Kieth Burns, a veteran of 28 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, is the former assistant coach/secondary at the University of Mississippi in 2011. Burns has coached on two occasions in Northern California, serving in various roles at Pacific (1985-88) and at San Jose State (2004-09). He has been both an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator at the collegiate level and served as head coach at Tulsa for three seasons from 2000-02.

Burns joined the staff at Ole Miss after directing a heralded Kansas State secondary in 2010. Burns also previously served as defensive coordinator at Arkansas for two seasons (1998-99). During his tenure, Arkansas made consecutive bowl appearances, and following the 1998 campaign, Burns was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He was also defensive coordinator at USC for five seasons from 1993-97.

Follow me on Twitter @LeviDamien or befriend me on facebook.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russell Wilson on contract: 'It's going to work out'

Kentucky seeks one kind of history, Coach K makes another

Matt Stafford's fiancee rips newspaper over article

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Frozen Four: Providence earns first bid since 1985

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Final Four preview: How can every team win?

WrestleMania 31 results: Rollins cashes in, Rousey appears

Five soon-to-be NBA free agents with a lot on the line

WATCH: Russell Wilson hits home run during Rangers BP

Hooked 'em: Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sportswriter get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.