The Raiders mourn the passing of Bob Zeman, who served two stints as an assistant coach for the Silver and Black. A defensive back with the Chargers and Broncos from 1960-66, Zeman joined the rival Raiders in 1971 and served as defensive backfield coach through 1977. He re-joined the Silver and Black from 1984-86, coaching linebackers. The Zeman family is in the thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation.
“Bob Zeman was very special in my life. I always appreciated that he treated me like a man, even when I was young. Bob helped a lot of people and touched a lot of lives. He will be dearly missed.” – Mark Davis
“We lost a great one in Bob. He was one of the great coaches I’ve ever met. We met when I was a rookie in 1972 and we spoke at least once a month for over 20 years. Bob was loved. He was a part of the Raider family. That was important to Al Davis, that you are ‘once a Raiders, always a Raider,’ and Bob was a part of that. He coached probably the best secondary in Raider history with Willie Brown, George Atkinson, Jack Tatum and Alonzo Thomas, the ‘Soul Patrol.’ He would listen to those guys and get them in line when he had to. He had a very close relationship with them. He was just a super coach and a super guy.” – Cliff Branch