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Raiders Continue Off-Season Search For 2009 Head Coach

January 20th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

After about a month into the Raiders off-season, AlN Davis has yet to decide on the team’s head coach for 2009. The Raiders are in a most curious off-season where over 20 members of the coaching staff have expired contracts. So far, the only coach slated to be on the 2009 staff is Lionel Washington, the teams DB coach.

More importantly, the head coach spot remains open for next season. Who’s available and likely to lead the silver and black next year?

Tom Cable

After Davis fired Lane Kiffen, offensive line coach Tom Cable filled in admirably and led the Raiders to two impressive wins at the end of the season against Denver and Tampa. Presumed to be the team’s front runner, Tom Cable has officially interviewed for next seasons “permanent” head coach position this past week. Though Davis is looking to interview a few more coaches, the Raiders should reach a decision in the upcoming weeks.

Kevin Gilbride

The New York Giants former offensive coordinator interviewed with the Raiders this past week. According a team executive, “It went well. He had a good interview.” Though the team had previously reported having no interest in Gilbride, Gilbride remains in the mix with Cable and Harbaugh.

Jim Harbaugh

When I first heard whispers of Jim Harbaugh’s name float through the rumour mill, I confused him with his brother John Harbaugh. John, the Baltimore Raven’s rookie coach, took the Ravens this season all the way from the bottom of the AFC North and flipped their record from 5-11 to 11-5 finishing one game out of the Super Bowl.

As for John, currently the head coach at Stanford University, is in line to interview with the Raiders. The Raiders interest in Harbaugh is mainly his influence and potential to aid development of Jamarcus Russell. However, how much interest Harbaugh has in leaving Stanford for Oakland remains in the air.

Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan, considered the most qualified for the job, has just signed on as the the head coach for the New York Jets next season.

Others

Also on the head coach firing line this season, two former Raider head coaches Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden are looking for teams. How likely are they in coming back to Oakland? Probably as likely as the league reversing the infamous “Tuck Rule.”

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  1. January 29th, 2009 at 20:58 | #1

    Ace Davis,

    I was wondering if you wanted to participate in a cooperative mock draft with other NFL blogs. I’m organizing it so a Detroit blog writer will make a selection for Detroit, a Rams blog writer will pick for the Rams, etc.

    Let me know if you’re interested.

    Aaron Weinberg
    http://www.nextseasonsports.com
    weinbea@gmail.com

  2. clyde butterfield
    September 15th, 2009 at 21:01 | #2

    why do teams go into a soft defense and lose the game, especially after playing good,strong,aggressive defense all game long

  3. chris
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:25 | #3

    die al davis die!!!!let the team function without you for once the fuckin game has passed you by accept it.I have been a raider fan my whole life and i remember when you were ahead of the league in the way you ran your organization but those days are over and you need to get off the sidelines and take your worthless 80 million dollar flop with you[#2].In closing until i read about you retireing or passing i will never the watch the raiders play another misserable minute of football thanx for ruining my fanhood

  4. chris
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:27 | #4

    because after 3 quarters of nothing but defense they are tired if the off. could stay on the feild for longer than one series we would stand a better chance

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