Raiders Coaching Inteviews

For some reason I like hearing this news. Perhaps it's going to be an Al Saunders at HC, James Lofton at OC and Marrineli at DC arrangement? Even though I've largely been in favor of retaining Rob Ryan, I also like to see an HC pick his own staff. I think it's time for Willie Brown & Fred Belitinikoff go IF the new HC wants to go in a different direction.

I think I could roll the dice with something like that. It's sort of an end around to interviewing an entire staff? Could Al be that far thinking? I definently think so.

I still believe in the old dude. At least enough to give him one more shot to fix this franchise.
 
al interviewed Lofton from chargers.

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Raiders | Team meets with Lofton
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 15:34:13 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports the Oakland Raiders met with San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton for their vacant head coaching position Thursday, Jan. 12.

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Raiders are trying to set up interview with pat hill from fresno state

Raiders | Team trying to arrange a meeting with P. Hill
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 15:34:54 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports the Oakland Raiders are trying to arrange a meeting with Fresno State head coach Pat Hill about their vacant head coaching position.
 
Al Saunders is probably our man!

XLRaider said:
Is Marinelli being interviewed as a HC or as a DC?

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_3407048
Seems to me all the interviews right now are for head coach.

Apparently Pat Hill is coming in on Wednesday for a sit down. My guess is after that Al will make a decision pretty quickly -- maybe by the weekend. I think Saunders is our guy unless Hill absolutely blows Al's socks off.

The dance with the other guys could be to try and line up coordinator possibilities. All this is just guessing on my part which is about the best you can do when trying to figure out what the Raiders are doing!
 
Raiders | Team may consider Petrino
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 08:44:27 -0800

ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports there was talk in the press box of this weekend's playoff games that the Oakland Raiders may consider Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino as a candidate for their head coaching opening.



here is another possible candidate for hc as well. I also feel if saunders was his davis guy he would have hired him already. I have a feeling al is gonna hire someone who really impresses him.


I don't know about saunders cause some raider fans wants him and i am also hearing how some raider fans wanting to stop watching raiders football if they hire saunders as well.


here is his bio
http://uoflsports.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/petrino_bobby00.html
 
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Jets | Ryan could become defensive coordinator
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 20:30:56 -0800

Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports there is some speculation Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could wind up joining his fellow New England Patriots assistant coach Eric Mangini with the New York Jets. Ryan would become the Jets' defensive coordinator. Ryan's contract with the Raiders expires next month, and owner Al Davis has offered no assurances that he will be asked back.

Raiders | Team confirms Marinelli interview; but for what position?
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 20:31:48 -0800

Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports the Oakland Raiders confirmed they interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli Monday, Jan. 16. What remains unclear is whether Marinelli was in town as a replacement candidate for ousted head coach Norv Turner or as part of a much larger agenda that the Raiders are keeping private. Raiders' owner Al Davis tends to hire coaches with offensive backgrounds and Marinelli has coached defensive linemen for all but one of his 30 pro and collegiate seasons. Marinelli could be a candidate for defensive coordinator and not head coach. As noted earlier, current Raiders' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's contract expires next month and he may not be back in Oakland
 
I thought Ryan did a good job with the shit he was given, and the team did a remarkable turnaround last season, not that they improves a whole hell of a lot statistically. But when you run a nickel nearly the entire season and don't get absolutely shredded, I think that's an accomplishment.

But just like Gruden, if Ryan wants to go play with his friends, Al will let him walk. Al doesn't want people that aren't totally comitted to the Raiders. If Ryan's heart is elsewhere, bye.
 
Rupert said:
I thought Ryan did a good job with the shit he was given, and the team did a remarkable turnaround last season, not that they improves a whole hell of a lot statistically. But when you run a nickel nearly the entire season and don't get absolutely shredded, I think that's an accomplishment.

But just like Gruden, if Ryan wants to go play with his friends, Al will let him walk. Al doesn't want people that aren't totally comitted to the Raiders. If Ryan's heart is elsewhere, bye.
I was not a Ryan fan at the beginning of the season. Just seemed he was trying to make chicken out of chicken soup (or however that goes). I was particularly critical of him turning all those DE's into LB's. It really didn't work. There was a rumor out there that Al Davis in fact told the coaching staff to stop running the 3-4. Dunno if that is true but if so makes a guy wonder. Anyway that is when the defense started to look better.

I also have to say that I think the defense looked so much better to us because we were so obsessed on how poorly the offense was doing. how much they were underachieving. In the mean time I feel that every time the defense needed to stop somebody with the game on the line they were unable to do it. JMO.

I don''t expect Rob Ryan to be around. When change is made it's generally pretty sweeping.
 
I'm betting we can kiss Ryan goodbye and frankly I don’t blame him. NY seems to be a much better situation for him.

I agree with Rupert that he kept the defense playing hard but some of that can be attributed to the enthusiasm of young players happy to be getting playing time IMO. As much as I like Ryan I like the sound of Rod Marinelli even better. Probably just a pipe dream though... :(
 
Well, I felt the defense improved. Consider the following:
  1. We broke in two new corners and two new safeties.
  2. We played with only two legit LB's all season.
  3. We went back to the 4-3.
  4. Our sacks went up from 25 to 36.
But consider the following counterpoints as well:
  1. Believe it or not the offense controlled the ball for 1:20 more per game this season.
  2. Our int's dropped from 9 to 5.
  3. Before the end of the season we had improved from 30th to 22nd but by the end of the season it was down to 27th.
Overall I thought the effort was much improved and the results showed lots of promise. I didn't see the defense as confused or out of position as under Bresnahan, and they were around the ball more than they were in 2004. But at the same time it wasn't a stellar performance because the team in general faded down the stretch.

I still think Ryan has a future as a head coach since he was able to keep the guys focused and motivated. He did his best with what was available. I don't think many guys could have made much out of the personnel we had this season, so I don't hold that aginst him. Maybe I was just stoked about elements of the defense and the promise shown by much of the youth movement.
 
You can throw the stats out the window. There is no denying that our defense improved under Ryan and it wouldn't bother me one bit to see him stay. Actually I would like it from the standpoint of grooming him as a future HC. However, I'm also a bit infatuated with Marinelli's resume. I guess I'm just a D-Line kinda guy.
 
How close does everyone sense we'll be to finding a new coach...I have this strange sneaking suspicion we are a ways out.

I really think AD wants to have a crack at talking to Ken Whisenhunt after the playcalling he has had at OC for Pittsburgh. I wish that we had half the creativity that he does, and it's all predicated on the run, but can adapt...I mean that shit was brilliant coming out slinging the rock through the air against Indy, but we don't really have the same personel.
 
Al Davis is going to try to compose the entire coachign staff in his mind before he settles on a head coach.
 
It's also probably an indication that the next Raider HC will have the authority to select his own assistants ( I HOPE !!). RR realizes that and his hedging his bets.

I'm predicting Saunders (HC), Marinelli (DC) and my long shot OC will be James Lofton.....
 
How many HC positions are still available?

I'm thinking that Marinelli would prefer to skip DC and move straight to the top. From what I've read he seems to have been on the NFL radar for a couple of years now. If he was willing to take a DC job then I imagine there would be better opportunities than Oakland.

R4L: I like your Saunders/Marinelli prediction but I'm not sure about Lofton. If Saunders is going to be the HC then I would prefer he bring in someone familiar with his system. Say..... KC's line coach. ;)
 
I know everyone doesnt like inside info but i am gonna tell you what i heard i hear ryan has signed an extension with raiders 2 yrs but it hasnt been reported yet. take it as grain of salt.
 
You know, it's rather sad when the worst job IMO gets filled before us, I guess that may make us the worst job.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2295741

Updated: Jan. 17, 2006, 6:21 PM ET
Sources: Saints to name Cowboys' Payton head coach

Sean Payton, the Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach, has accepted the New Orleans Saints head coach job, according to sources close the Saints and Cowboys, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported.

Payton could be introduced as early as Wednesday at the team's practice facility in Metairie, La.

Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis negotiated a multi-year contract Tuesday, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported.

Payton worked for the last three years under Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. He was assistant head coach/passing game coordinator for the Cowboys this season and the assistant head coach/quarterbacks for the two previous seasons. Before that, he was Jim Fassel's offensive coordinator with the New York Giants -- a stint that included the Giants' NFC championship in 2000-01. He played quarterback at I-AA Eastern Illinois, followed by a brief pro career in the CFL with Ottawa and the NFL as a replacement player with Chicago during the strike season of 1987.

Payton succeeds Jim Haslett, whose tenure lasted six years. The team compiled a 3-13 record for 2005, a season in which all of their "home" games were played on the road because of Hurricane Katrina. The Saints had an aggregate .500 record during Haslett's first five seasons.

Payton met with Saints officials about the head coaching job on Thursday, and his interview lasted an hour longer than expected.

His interview followed those of New York Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. Mike Sherman, recently fired as the Green Bay Packers' head coach, and former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz also interviewed for the job late last week.
 
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