Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was hired as the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator on Wednesday. It appears he’s taking at least one Texans assistant with him.
According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, Frank Pollack is the new Raiders offensive line coach. Pollack has been the Texans’ assistant offensive line coach under John Benton since 2007.
Pollack, 44, has roots in the Bay Area. He played tackle for the San Francisco 49ers from 1990-91 and 1994-98, winning a Super Bowl title in 1994.
Pollack and Knapp are two of the more affable people I’ve come across in this business. Congratulations and best of luck to them both; the opportunities have been well-earned.
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Texans assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack played for the San Francisco 49ers for seven of his nine NFL seasons, first from 1990-91 and then from 1994-98. This will be his first trip back to Candlestick Park since he retired in 1998 and got into coaching seven years later.
“It’ll be fun to go back to Candlestick Park,” Pollack said on Thursday. “Lot of good memories. It’ll be a little weird being on the opposite sideline. I actually went back there (as a player) when I was with the Broncos in a preseason game, but that was the only time, so it’s still going to be awkward. Being in the (coaches’) box, it’s going to be weird. It’ll be fun, too. It was a fun, unique place and time to be there, so nothing but good memories.”
An offensive lineman, Pollack played in 90 games with six starts, all with the 49ers. He was part of three 49ers teams that advanced to the NFC Championship Game, including the 1994 team that won Super Bowl XXIX. Pollack played in San Francisco with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Ken Norton, Jr., Gary Plummer, Rickey Jackson and Deion Sanders.
“It’s been a while now,” Pollack said. “It’s not like I had this illustrious career there as a player. I’ve got a lot a good memories, though. I remember my rookie year, playing at night against the Giants on a Monday night game. I want to say we were undefeated – we were like 11-0 or 10-0 – and I think the Giants maybe only had one loss or something. But we won the game; it was like a 7-3 final. It had that haze of fog, kind of, in the air.
“That place had a different atmosphere at night time. It was a neat place to be for Monday night games or Sunday night games. That really sticks out in my mind. Just a different place, different time. We had a lot of successes.”
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Texans offensive assistant Bruce Matthews has been hired by the Tennessee Titans as their new offensive line coach. The Titans have confirmed the move on Twitter.
Matthews and new Titans head coach Mike Munchak were longtime teammates with the Houston Oilers. They’re such close friends that they presented one another into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says “there was never any doubt about this one. Matthews and Munchak are good friends and Matthews wasn’t going to pass up on opportunity.” Another factor was that Matthews’ son Kevin plays center for the Titans, as noted by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Matthews was with the Texans for two seasons as an offensive assistant. He worked under offensive line coach John Benton and assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack. Benton and Pollack remain on staff along with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who is heavily involved in the running game.
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Texans assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack played under Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid at Northern Arizona University, something I asked Reid about in his conference call with Houston reporters this morning.
Reid was the Lumberjacks’ offensive line coach for one season, 1986. It was Pollack’s freshman year out of Greenway High School in Phoenix.
“Frank… you know that little scowl he gets on his face?” Reid mused. “That was even more pronounced back then. He was a tough, tough nut. He started for me as a freshman, so he really was a tough son-of-a-gun and loved to hit.”
Pollack was a four-year letter winner at NAU, earning Associated Press All-America honors after his senior season in 1989. He was drafted in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 and spent eight seasons as an offensive lineman with the 49ers and Denver Broncos. He’s now in his fourth season as a Texans coach.
“I’m very proud of him,” Reid said. “I was proud of him as a player and where he went as a player and now as a coach, and he’s in great hands there with Gary (Kubiak).”
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