ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 30: New Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen (R) talks to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (L) looks on during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders Offseason 2012: Dennis Allen Hired As Head Coach, Given Four-Year Contract

Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders have begun a coach search to replace Hue Jackson. We'll break down all the candidates for the newly opened position. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Jason Tarver, Defensive Coordinator

The Oakland Raiders continue to complete their coaching staff with the hiring of Jason Tarver as their defensive coordinator. The gain of Oakland will be the loss of the Stanford Cardinal. Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune confirms the report.

Tarver had great success with Stanford. He was a co-defensive coordinator with Vic Fangio in 2010, and the defense didn't drop off too much upon his departure as the Cardinal still remained one of the top units. Tarver also spent the previous six years as outside linebackers coach with the San Francisco 49ers and four more years doing various other assistant work.

This is the second straight year a Stanford defensive coordinator has found a similar position at the local level. Fangio joined Jim Harbaugh on the way to the 49ers, and now Tarver will be his counterpart on the other side of the Bay. Pretty good

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Raiders Name Steve Hoffman Special Teams Coordinator

The Raiders have made another coaching staff decision, and have announced that Steve Hoffman will run special teams. Per the Raiders' official Twitter account:

Hoffman takes the place of Steve Fassell, who left to join the St. Louis Rams staff this offseason. According to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog, Hoffman is a 22-year coaching veteran that spent 16 seasons (1989-2004) with the Dallas Cowboys before coaching with Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins. He spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was replaced on their staff by Tom McMahon following the 2011 season.

Hoffman joins a Raiders staff that now includes newly hired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, offensive line coach Frank Pollack, offensive quality control coach Justin Griffith, strength and conditioning coach Al Miller and assistant strength and conditioning coach John Grieco. The Raiders also retained running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Raiders Announce Seven Members of Dennis Allen's Coaching Staff

The Raiders, via a press release, announced the hiring of seven coaches to be on Dennis Allen's coaching staff next season. News of a few of these coaches had already hit the internet and were being confirmed by the Raiders, while a few more were new names that had not yet been mentioned.

The Raiders confirmed the hiring of new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, offensive line coach Frank Pollack. It also confirmed the retention of running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski. The confirmation of retaining these two should be big news for the Raiders as they were two of the stronger offensive coaches they had last season, and will represent continuity on an offensive unit that was top ten.

The Raiders also announced the hiring of strength and conditioning coach Al Miller and assistant strength and conditioning coach John Grieco.

Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, the Raiders announced the hiring of Justin Griffith as an offensive quality control coach. This is a name Raiders fans should remember as Griffith was a member of the Raiders as a fullback in 2007-2008 and started 14 games.

Allen's staff is starting to come together and is starting to look rather young. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this plays out,

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Greg Manusky Out, Joe Whitt Jr. Next in Line for DC Position?

Dennis Allen did not waste any time in beginning to assemble his coaching staff. He hired Greg Knapp as offensive coordinator one day after he was named head coach, and began interviewing for the defensive coordinator position immediately.

His first interview was of former Niner and Charger defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Thursday, Manusky's name was taken out of contention for the position as he was hired by Chuck Pagano to be the next defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. This, however, has not appeared to discourage Allen, as on the same day word broke of Manusky's hire, word also broke of another candidate for the Raiders defensive coordinator position.

According to Steve Corkran, the Raiders are interested in Green Bay Packers' cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. for the vacant defensive coordinator position. Whitt has been with the Packers since 2008. When McCarthy overhauled the defensive coaching staff after the 2008 season, Whitt was one of only two coaches who kept their jobs, Dom Capers was the other. In fact, not only did he keep his job, he was given a promotion from defensive quality control coach to cornerbacks coach.

Whitt is a fairly young coach. He graduated college in 2001 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Auburn, where he played as a walk-on wide receiver. Whitt got his first NFL coaching opportunity in 2007, when he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons.

This is a candidate that scares me a bit. Having a young and fairly inexperienced head coach causes concern. However, having a veteran staff would ease a lot of that concern. This is not the type of hire that would ease concern about Dennis Allen for Raiders fans.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Frank Pollack Named As Offensive Line Coach, According to Report

According to CSN Bay Area's Paul Gutierrezthe Oakland Raiders have reportedly hired former Houston Texans assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack as their new head offensive line coach, marking another piece of the coaching puzzle being put together by head coach Dennis Allen.

Pollack had been in his previous role with the Texans since 2007, replacing Bob Wylie who had been with the Raiders for only a single season. The Raiders have not yet confirmed the report.

Here's Gutierrez's take on where Pollack will fit in:

The arrival of Pollack, meanwhile, probably means a return to a zone-blocking scheme as Pollack has coached nothing but the philosophy in the NFL with Houston. Under Wylie, the Raiders were a power-blocking team.

Wheteher this is good or bad for the Silver and Black is yet to be seen, but it's just another thing that the Raiders are trying to shake up this offseason.

Pollack was a sixth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers back in 1990, playing his college ball at Northern Arizona. He was also a member of their 1994 Super Bowl championship team.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Dennis Allen Hires Offensive Line Coach

Dennis Allen continues to waste no time in assembling his coaching staff. It was announced today that Allen has found and hired his offensive line coach. Former assistant offensive line coach for the Houston Texans, Frank Pollack, has been hired as the Oakland Raiders new offensive line coach, replacing Bob Wylie.

This hire is a pretty good one. Pollack was an assistant line coach on a team that appeared to be able to run the ball no matter who was lining up in the back field. Their offensive line is great at run blocking and definitely holds its own in pass blocking as well.

All that being said, for me, whether or not the Raiders keep Steve Wisniewski will matter more. I think Wisniewski brought his style of aggressive and nasty line play to the Oakland Raiders. I saw linemen finishing blocks with a ferocity this season that I had not seen in seasons past. It looked like the type of line you would expect Wisniewski to coach. Plus, there is the added incentive of continuing to help the growth of his nephew, Stefan Wisniewski. The younger Wisniewski had a great rookie season and could be on his way to a great career. Firing his uncle after his first season will do nothing good for the development of a guy who could anchor the Raiders offensive line for years.

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff: Dennis Allen Hires Gregg Knapp as OC and Interviews Greg Manusky for DC

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie took almost 20 days to find and hire Dennis Allen as the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. One day later, Dennis Allen has found his offensive coordinator and has already interviewed one candidate for the defensive coordinator position. In addition, he has decided to keep running backs coach Kelly Skipper.

According to Vittorio Tafur, Dennis Allen has hired Gregg Knapp as the Oakland Raiders next offensive coordinator and has interviewed Gred Manusky for the defensive coordinator position. Both are names that Raiders fans should be familiar with.

Gregg Knapp's most recent job was as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans. However, in the 2007 season, Knapp was the had the same job he is about to start. Knapp was the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders under head coaches Lane Kiffin and Tom Cable. While the offense was not particularly impressive during his time, it is important to remember that his quarterback was JaMarcus Russell and that Darren McFadden's rookie season in 2008 was plagued by injury and inconsistency. It is also important to remember that Knapp was the offensive coordinator for some pretty good offenses with the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.

Knapp is not a very exciting hire for Raiders fans. However, he is not a bad hire either. He is big on running the ball which is exactly what the Raiders need to do. In addition, he is praised by most of the quarterbacks he has ever worked with and should be able to get the most out of Carson Palmer.

Greg Manusky is coming off of spending one season as the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, after having spent the prior four years as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Manusky took the fall for the Chargers decline in defense this season. That, however probably should not have fallen entirely on his shoulders. The Chargers used to be stacked with talent on the defensive side of the ball. The squad that Manusky took over did not have nearly the talent that Ron Rivera was working with.

Again, this is not a very exciting name for Raiders fans. Manusky led some impressive defenses in San Francisco, but he also had some impressive players. Chuck Bresnahan did not perform well as the Raiders defensive coordinator. The bigger problem, however, was a lack of talent everywhere but on the defensive line. Most Raiders fans would like to see a defensive who is known for getting players to play outside of themselves.

When Dennis Allen was hired, I decided to withhold judgment on the hiring until I saw what kind of coaching staff he put together. Unfortunately, I am not very impressed with what I have seen so far.

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Oakland Raiders Offer Offensive Coordinator Position To Greg Knapp, According To Report

The Oakland Raiders are beginning to piece together their new coaching staff behind new head coach Dennis Allen. One of the biggest issues appears to be finding someone who can run the offense consistently.

Allen has apparently found the guy he wants. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that multiple sources have Knapp getting the job.

Knapp has definitely gotten his quarterbacks to perform at a high level, as not only Matt Schaub but backup T.J. Yates performed well. However, his offensive coordinator record has been a bit more checkered. He had some success with the 2001-03 declining 49ers, and seemed to peak with the 2004 Falcons, but his teams never seemed to improve in his final two seasons despite having Michael Vick as the quarterback. His stint with the Oakland Raiders in 2007-08 didn't go much better. But his recent resurgence with Houston has to be a good thing.

Can Knapp get more out of Carson Palmer or Jason Campbell? Only time will tell.

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Dennis Allen Oakland Raiders Press Conference: 'We Have Enough Talent To Compete For A Championship'

Dennis Allen was introduced Monday as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, saying his goal was a team that played with passion, emotion, discipline and a respect for game and those who played it before them.

"You don't win games in the National Football League by talent alone. There are a lot of other things that are a part of that, and those are the things that we're going to develop and those are the things we're going to preach on a day-to-day basis to our players.

"Because we do have talented players. We have enough talent on our team to compete for a championship, and that's what our goal is going to be every year. (But) we've got to play smart, we've got to play tough, we've got to play disciplined and we got to be committed to doing the things that it takes to win in the National Football League. And those are the things we're going to do."

The Raiders hired Allen to replace Hue Jackson, who was fired earlier this month on McKenzie's first official day as general manager after just one season at the helm and an 8-8 record. McKenzie pledged a detailed search for Jackson's replacement, but quickly landed on Allen after being impressed by his initial interview.

"To say I was excited after the interview with coach Allen would be a major understatement. I was extremely excited."

Allen, who was hired after one season as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, showed flashes of that passion in Monday's press conference when he laid out his goals for the team.

He said the offense would be "up-tempo" with a focus on being aggressive and having an explosive passing game. He said he believed all the pieces were in place to accomplish that. Allen also stressed an aggressive mentality for his defense with a focus on rushing the quarterback and stopping the run.

"This is a new day in Oakland Raiders football," Allen said. "We're progressing forward and we're going to set our own goals."

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Dennis Allen Press Conference: Oakland Raiders New HC Looks To Bring Discipline

There were a lot of things wrong with the Oakland Raiders under Hue Jackson. The team was too fragile as players got injured almost every week. The defense was lockdown one minute and giving up 70 yard touchdowns the next. The offense did the best they could with Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer as their two big quarterbacks, but they are who they are and committed grievous errors that cost their team big-time down the stretch.

But the biggest issue amongst them all? Penalties. The Jackson-led Raiders broke the NFL record for most penalties and most yard penalized by any team. This team didn't know how to get out of its own way, and it cost them. So the new head coach decided to make it a clear priority to fix things up. Tim Kawakami mentioned that Dennis Allen used the word 'discipline' over and over in the new press conference, making you think that this was the emphasis from general manager Reggie McKenzie. Fix the team mistakes and the Raiders are probably a ten win team this year.

There's no doubt the Raiders are talented. But they need to fix their in-game discipline if they plan on stepping their game up and being an elite team once again.

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Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Agree On Four-Year Contract

According to multiple sources, Oakland Raiders new head coach Dennis Allen has be signed to a four-year contract with the Silver and Black, though the particulars of the agreement remain unknown at this point.

Per San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami on Twitter:

Allen, 39 led the Broncos as first year DC from a league-worst 29.4 points and 390.8 yards per game in 2011 to ranking 20th in yards (357.8) and 24th in points (24.4). He spent five years as a defensive assistant in New Orleans and Atlanta.

Allen will be the first Raiders head coach to come from a defensive background since John Madden way back when in 1969.

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Dennis Allen Introductory Press Conference Scheduled For Monday At Raiders Headquarters

The Oakland Radiers officially made it official on Friday, naming Dennis Allen as their new head coach. He will be officially introduced at a Monday press conference.

The presser is scheduled for high-noon on Monday, January 30, which can be seen on Comcast SportNet California and streamed online at CSNCalifornia.com

With the news of this press conference, the new regime of the Silver and Black is already starting to mix it up:

Per the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami on Twitter:

It could be something. It could be nothing. Either way, new things are already happening for the Oakland Raiders, hopefully all for the better.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Dennis Allen to Four Year Contract

More: Analysis of the Dennis Allen Hire

According to Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com, the Raiders and their new head coach are no longer working on a hand shake agreement. Two sources have told CSN Bay Area that the Raiders and Dennis Allen have agreed to a four year contract.

When it comes to the contract of a head coach in the NFL, perhaps the least important part of the contract is its length. Lets face it, if a coach wins, he stays, if he loses, he gets fired. No one cares how many years the contract is for and most of the time, no one even really knows.

The news of the length of the contract is not significant. It is, however, significant to know that an actual agreement has been placed on paper. The fact that up to this point, all of this was based on a handshake agreement made me really nervous. This is the Oakland Raiders we are talking about after all. Would anyone be all that surprised if instead of news breaking about the length of the contract, news broke about the two sides not being able to come to an agreement?

Besides putting pessimists like myself at ease, news of the signing also means that Allen no longer needs to focus on his contract with the Raiders and can focus all of his attention on assembling a coaching staff.

Since Allen is a defensive coach, the most important hire he will have to make is at the offensive coordinator position. The defensive coaching staff will be fairly easy to assemble. I am sure Allen already knows what type of defense to run and has an idea of what coaches would fit int that plan.

With the offensive side of the ball, Allen needs to figure out what kind of offense he would like to see in Oakland before he can even identify potential offensive coordinator candidates. While Allen has been given the power to hire his own staff, I have a feeling that Reggie McKenzie will be close by in order to ensure the process goes smoothly.

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Oakland Raiders Hire Head Coach, but Why Dennis Allen?

The Oakland Raiders have hired a relatively unknown in Dennis Allen, but why?

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Oakland Raiders Coaching Search: Who Is Dennis Allen?

The Oakland Raiders reportedly hired their next head coach on Tuesday evening, selecting current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to take over control of the team. While the franchise is yet to confirm the hiring as of early Wednesday morning, it is sounding like a done deal, pending a few small details being hammered out. So who is Dennis Allen?

Allen was in his first year as defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos after being named to that position on Jan. 24, 2011. A fresh and innovative defensive mind, Allen, 38, has nine years of NFL coaching experience despite being the NFL's second-youngest defensive coordinator at the time of his hiring, according to his bio on the official team page.

He spent five seasons with New Orleans, instructing the team's secondary from 2008-10 and serving as assistant
defensive line coach from 2006-07. Under his tutelage, the Saints' secondary helped the team rank fourth in the NFL in 2010, allowing just 193.9 net passing yards per game while giving up a league-low 13 touchdown passes.

As for reaction to the supposed hiring, here was a snippet from Tim Kawakami's piece:

Note to Raiders fans: I am not ripping the Allen hire. I know you might be a little sensitive, but all I'm saying is that I don't know enough to HAVE an opinion. Everybody has to do the quick study on this guy. What's Allen like, what's his style, what aspects will he focus on in this job, does he know personnel, what's his relationship like with McKenzie?

Oh, and a huge one: Who will his offensive coordinator be? (I'll be getting back to this one.)

Don't know the answer to any of these, but do know that some veteran Bronco defensive players liked him a lot, which is a good thing for his credibility, obviously. Give McKenzie credit for this-I didn't think his first major hire would be just as anonymous as any recent Al Davis coaching hire, but McKenzie has done it.

It remains to be seen how the current players react to the hiring of Allen, an up-and-coming coach in the league without any head coaching experience at this level, but this looks like a strong hire on the surface. Allen will not bring along any baggage with him to Oakland and may even give the team the upper-hand over the Broncos in the coming years. What is there to dislike about that?

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Dennis Allen Hired As Raiders Head Coach, Per Reports

ESPN's Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter both reported within minutes of each other that former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been hired by the Raiders as their new head coach.

The Raiders came to the decision after a fairly thorough search, in which Green Bay Packers assistant coach Winston Moss, Eagles Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinwig, Bears Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice, Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers, and Dolphins Interim Head Coach Todd Bowles were all interviewed or rumored to be considered for the job.

The 39-year old Allen just finished up his first season as the Defensive Coordinator of the Broncos. He becomes the 19th Head Coach of the Raiders and the 9th since they moved to Oakland.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Search: Dennis Allen Emerges As Top Candidate According To Reports

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the top candidate for their head coaching position. Schefter even went as far as stating in a tweet that the other candidates have been told that they are out of the running.

The likes of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice were among the coaches originally up for the position.

Allen's hire has intrigue surrounding it. One, he's a coach on a rival team in the Broncos. Two, he just finished his first year as a coordinator. And three, he would be the first defense-oriented coach hired by the Raiders since pre-Al Davis, which might as well be the same as pre-Raiders since hardly anyone remembers the Raiders prior to Davis' ownership. John Madden was the last defensive-minded hire for the Raiders and that was in 1969.

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Raiders Head Coach Search: Dennis Allen to get a Second Interview

Could it be? Could a coach from a division rival be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders? That possibility has become a whole lot more likely with reports surfacing that Dennis Allen, the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos is the first head coaching candidate in Oakland to get called back for a second interview.

Early reports made it appear as though the Raiders head coaching search might be more for show than anything else. Many predicted that a member of the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff would be hired for the position, with Winston Moss being the most popular name mentioned. However, despite those predictions, Reggie McKenzie appears at the moment to be more focused on the Broncos' coaching staff.

Dennis Allen would be somewhat of a surprising pick. He is only a first year defensive coordinator, but all one has to do is look at how well the Broncos' defense played in the second half of the year to know that this guy is going to get a head coaching opportunity at some point.

It also should be noted that if McKenzie continues down the path he appears to be on currently, the Raiders could have their first defensive minded head coach since the great John Madden graced the Raiders sideline with his presence.

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Raiders Head Coach Search: Raiders Have Already Interviewed Winston Moss, Marty Mornhinweg According to Report

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders and current Green Bay Packers assistant coach Winston Moss have already met, discussing the possibility of making him the next head coach of the Silver and Black.

Moss and the Raiders held a four-hour interview in Green Bay back on Jan. 14 after a walk-through practice for their playoff match with the Giants, according to Schefter’s sources said.

The Raiders are set to interview Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, though some sources are teling Schefter that Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has become a possible candidate in Oakland as well.

Mornhinweg previously worked with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in Green Bay and was said to have already had an impressive interview with Oakland as well.

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Raiders Head Coach Search: Oakland Seeks Permission To Interview Bears OC Mike Tice

The Raiders' search for a new head coach following the dismissal of Hue Jackson continues and this time takes Reggie McKenzie to the Windy City. The Raiders have asked the Bears' permission to interview their recently minted offensive coordinator Mike Tice for their head coaching vacancy.

Technically, the request is simply a formality, as the Bears are required by NFL rules to grant permission to teams wishing to interview assistants for head coaching positions. Teams may reject requests in the case it's a lateral move (one assistant job to another), but it looks like Tice will get his second look for a chance at another NFL head coaching job, this time in Oakland.

According the this Chicago Tribune story by Brad Biggs that broke the news:

Tice served as the head coach of the Vikings from the end of the 2001 season to 2005, compiling a 33-34 record including the postseason. He's worked his way back up the ranks since and now is proving to be a hot commodity. The Titans wanted to interview Tice to be their offensive coordinator last year, a move the Bears blocked. Now, the 52-year-old has his first crack at a head job since his Vikings experience.

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It does not appear that Tice has any direct connections to new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, although they did play against each other twice annually in the '80s when Tice was a tight end for the Seahawks and McKenzie a linebacker for the Raiders.

....Tice has been credited for his work with the Bears' offensive line despite a makeshift collection of players. The Bears rushed for 2,015 yards this season, the franchise's best performance since 1991. Bears coach Lovie Smith took only three days to promote Tice after parting ways with former offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Candidates: Dom Capers

It should not be surprising to hear the names of current Green Bay Packers coaches being mentioned as potential candidates for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job. Given Reggie McKenzie's connections to that staff, it makes a lot of sense. However, despite that, a new name has emerged, and frankly, I'm surprised this is the first we have heard of this name. According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is being considered for the Raiders' head coaching position.
Dom Capers is the architect of the Packers rather impressive defense and has a long and impressive coaching resume.
Caper started his coaching career as a college assistant from 1972 until 1983. During that time, Capers was an assistant with Kent State, the University of Washington, Hawaii, San Jose State, California, Tennessee and Ohio State. After spending eleven years in the college ranks, Capers tried his hand in the pros, but not with the NFL. Capers had a one year stint as a defensive backs coach in the USFL from 1984 until 1985.
In 1986, Capers received his first NFL coaching opportunity with the New Orleans Saints where he worked as a defensive backs coach from 1986 until 1991. In 1992, Capers left the Saints in order to take his first job as a defensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Capers was the defensive coordinator for the Steelers until 1994 when he was given his first head coaching opportunity. In 1995, Capers was named the head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers.
In his first job as an NFL head coach, Capers started very strong. In their first season as an NFL franchise, Capers led the Panthers to a 7-9 record which broke the previous best for an expansion team's first season. As if that was not impressive enough, he took the Panthers to the NFC Championship game in their second season in existence. However, after their run to the NFC Championship game, the Panthers suffered a 7-9 season and a 4-12 season over the next two years. At the end of the 4-12 season, Capers was fired from his position as the Panthers head coach.
After losing his job with the Panthers, Capers went right back to coaching the next season when he was named the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Capers was only in that position for two seasons before being offered yet another opportunity as a head coach, this time with the expansion Houston Texans.
Unfortunately for Capers, he did not see much success with the Texans. He coached the Texans for four years, and his best record during that time was a 7-9 in 2004. The next season, the Texans went 2-14 and Capers was fired from his second head coaching gig.
Once again, Capers did not waste any time getting back into coaching. The following season he was named an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins. After his first season with the Dolphins, he was named defensive coordinator for the following season when he was the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL. Capers eventually lost his defensive coordinators job with the Miami Dolphins when the entire coaching staff was gutted after the 2007 season.

After the Dolphins, Capers spent one year with the New England Patriots as a secondary coach before being hired by the Green Bay Packers where he has been the defensive coordinator ever since. Though the Packers defense is not great this year, it was ranked number 2 in the NFL in Capers' first year as defensive coordinator. In his second year, they were second in scoring defense, fifth in over all defense, second in interceptions and turnovers and first in opposing QB passer rating.

Needless to say, Capers knows what he is doing on the defensive side of the ball. Whether or not he can be a successful head coach is a different question.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Candidates: Todd Bowles

The Oakland Raiders' new general manager Reggie McKenzie appeared poised to hire one of the coaches from his former organization to be the next head coach of the Raiders. It now appears that McKenzie is much more open minded about coaching candidates than was first suspected.

ESPN analyst Chris Mortenson reported yesterday that Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles will interview for the vacant Raiders head coaching position. While Bowles name had not previously been linked to the Raiders, it makes some sense. After taking over the head coaching duties for the last three games of the season in Miami, teams have been taking a look at Bowles as a potential head coach.

Bowles is a former NFL safety who played for eight years, and even started in a Super Bowl. Bowles played seven of his years for the Washington Redskins, with one year in the middle of his career being spent with the San Francisco 49ers.

Before starting his NFL coaching career, Bowles spent three years in the college coaching ranks as a defensive coordinator at Morehouse College and Grambling state from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, he was given his first opportunity to coach in the pros when the New York Jets hired Bowles as a defensive backs coach. Then, Bowles spent four years witht he Cleveland Browns, from 2001 to 2004. First as the defensive nickel package coach, then as the secondary coach. In his final season with the Browns, they ranked fifth in the league in pass defense.

After Cleveland, Bowles landed with the Dallas Cowboys where he spent three years, from 2005 to 2008, as their secondary coach. During those three years, the Cowboys had the third highest number of interceptions in the NFC with 52. After Dallas, Bowles moved on to Miami as an assistant head coach and secondary coach, where he has been since 2008.

While Bowles does have minimal experience as a head coach since he served as Miami's interim head coach this season, three games is really not a lot to speak of. Regardless of that fact, Bowles has certainly drawn a lot of interest from teams looking for a head coach. It only makes sense that McKenzie will take a good look at all of the potential head coaching candidates available.

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Oakland Raiders Interviewing Todd Bowles For Head Coach

The Oakland Raiders looked like they were locked in on making Winston Moss their next head coach, but perhaps initial opposition and lack of public sentiment supporting the move forced the team to think twice about making that type of move.

At the least, they'll first interview a candidate who has been a coach in the league. Only if it's been for three weeks.

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Bowles was the coach of the Dolphins for about three weeks after the team canned Tony Sparano. Miami finished strong to the season, winning six of their final nine games. Bowles ended up winning two of three. He is probably most experienced with defensive backs, which has been a bit of a trouble spot lately now that Nnamdi Asomugha is a Philadelphia Eagle.

However, the Raiders do need someone who has comprehensive experience running a football team. It's hard to see if Bowles (who really has had little time to adapt to the position) has the requisite skills to be that kind of coach.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Candidates: Winston Moss

The Oakland Raiders may already have a front runner for their vacant head coaching position. In fact, rumors that Winston Moss could be the next Raider head coach began before it was even officially announced that Hue Jackson would not be back for a second season.

This, however, should not come as a shock to anyone familiar with the situation. Winston Moss is a former Raider who worked as a coach in Green Bay under Reggie McKenzie. On top of that, Moss' name had been tied to the Raiders since long before McKenzie became their general manager. Moss was noted as a potential candidate for the Raiders head coaching job both before Tom Cable got the job, and after Tom Cable lost the job.

Thus, it is not surprising that Moss is considered a serious candidate for most recent opening at the head coach position for the Raiders. However, while Moss seems to make sense on the surface, let's take a deeper look into Moss and whether or not he really would be the optimal choice as the Raiders next head coach.

As I noted above, not only is Winston Moss a former NFL linebacker, he is actually a former Raiders linebacker. Moss was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for four seasons before he became a Raider. After Tampa Bay, Moss played for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1991 to 1994 before finishing his career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-1997.

After retiring as a player, Moss did not waste any time before getting into the coaching ranks. Moss' first job as a coach came in 1998 with the Seattle Seahawks as a defensive quality control assistant. After his stint with the Seahawks, Moss became a defensive quality control assistant for the New Orleans Saints in 2000. The next season he was promoted to be the linebackers coach for the Saints, a position which he held from 2001 until 2005. In 2006, Moss began his tenure with the Green Bay Packers as their linebackers coach. After a year with the Packers, Moss was promoted to assistant head coach, a position he has held to this day.

Winston Moss does have an issue in that he has no head coaching experience and no experience as a coordinator. However, it should probably be noted that after the 2008 season, Packers coach Mike McCarthy cleaned house on the defensive side of the ball. However, Moss was the only major defensive coach to keep his job. The fact that Moss was valued this highly by a coach as smart and successful as Mike McCarthy should speak volumes about his quality as a coach.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Candidates: Winston Moss The Early Leader

The Oakland Raiders are in express mode to try and land their new head coach. General manager Reggie McKenzie already has the guy in mind to replace the departing Hue Jackson.

Look for Reggie McKenzie to bring in former #Raiders linebacker Winston Moss to replace the fired Hue Jackson as new head coach.
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For the past five years, Moss has been up in Wisconsin as one of the assistant coaches for the Green Bay Packers. Moss has worked with the linebackers the past few years, particularly on the inside. He helped develop Nick Barnett into one of the team's most productive linebackers, developed Desmond Bishop into a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker this season, and has also worked with guys like Brandon Chillar and A.J. Hawk to help make them solid producers in the middle of the defense.

It'd be an interesting hire. Moss has never been a head coach and has never coached at a level higher than linebacking coach. Can the Raiders get the solid results they're seeking?

To discuss the possibility of Moss going to the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride. To broach the topic of Moss leaving the Packers, head to Acme Packing Company.

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