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Raiders have interviewed no head-coaching candidates

In response to a San Francisco Chronicle report that the Oakland Raiders have interviewed Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman to potentially replace Tom Cable as head coach and another report (from the original false rumor monger) that the team spoke to Jim Harbaugh about the job, a team official tells Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune that no candidates have been interviewed.

“The reports that we’ve
interviewed prospective head coaches are totally untrue, totally
false,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said.

Fassel has denied that he has heard from the team, and the agent for Marc Trestman has said that Trestman has not been contacted, either.

A league source has confirmed this information (since, frankly, it’s not always prudent to accept at face value the self-serving stuff disseminated by any team), and we’re also told that there has been no effort to interview Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride or Packers assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Winston Moss.  To interview either of these men, the Raiders would be required to submit a written request for permission to conduct the interview, and the request for permission contains a space requiring the team seeking permission to specify the job for which the candidate would be interviewed.

Meanwhile, we’re told that no decision has been made regarding the question of whether coach Tom Cable will return for a second full season.  The possible addition of Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator could bolster Cable’s case for staying, since it would allow Cable to surrender the offensive coordinator and play-calling functions, and to focus on being the head coach.

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33 Responses to “Raiders have interviewed no head-coaching candidates”
  1. danlinker says: Jan 20, 2010 9:27 PM

    I can tell who wrote the article on this site by the headline. If it’s a basher article, it’s Florio. And, he likes to kick the raiders around.
    Hey Mike, great year for the steelers wasn’t it? Tomlin’s the answer? Yeah right.

  2. ChrisJohnsonEnglishProfessor says: Jan 20, 2010 9:28 PM

    No shit Florio. Us Raiders fans have been saying this for 2 and a half weeks. Thanks for finally catching up… I see in your final paragraph you are finally starting to realize Cable will probably be staying. Now you have to slowly slide those comments into some articles to wash out the countless false reports you released the last couple of weeks. You’re like the Vikings, Bush League.

  3. mpoles says: Jan 20, 2010 9:35 PM

    In future, could you do all Raiders fans a favour and replace the phrase “Raiders senior executive John Herrera” with “incompetent lickspittle and embarrassment to the franchise John Herrera”?
    John Herrera – the Waylan Smithers to Al’s Monty Burns.

  4. twinkletoes says: Jan 20, 2010 9:39 PM

    As a longtime member of the Raider Nation, I’ve learned to disbelieve 99% of the things that John (aka the Mouth of Sauron) Herrera has to say regarding the team’s activities. When your team is floundering as long as the Raiders have, all this cloak and dagger, smoke and mirrors crap has no play at all.
    Guess the efforts of messagetoal.com were in vain. The emperor has no clothes.

  5. INVAIDUH says: Jan 20, 2010 9:39 PM

    Told ya.

  6. JayBackInTheBay says: Jan 20, 2010 9:55 PM

    Basically, all this talk about the Raiders before championship weekend is Al Davis Viagra. He lives for the petty delight he receives from all of this attention.
    “Look at me everybody! I’m an eighty year old clown and I’m the most important person in football! Yaaaaaaay!!!! I’m mentally unfit to run a business, let alone a NFL franchise, but I certainly excel at grabbing everyone’s attention! Yaaaaaaay!!!!
    I want to go to Hawaii! Yaaaaaaay!!!!”

  7. Silver Back says: Jan 20, 2010 10:02 PM

    Daaa Raaaaidaaaas.
    Well be back. Soon I hope.

  8. JSpicoli says: Jan 20, 2010 10:07 PM

    At what point do you just fall on your sword and admit your shame?
    your batting 1000 on Raider stories. The wrong way.

  9. theTRUTHwillSETuFREE says: Jan 20, 2010 10:08 PM

    And as I’ve been sayin all day……….TOLD YOU SO!!

  10. snnyjcbs says: Jan 20, 2010 10:10 PM

    I told you Al Davis and the Raiders had to be getting a kick out of all the BS reports.
    What is so funny is that many claimed to have “inside sources” or “team sources”.
    What do these people do just throw as much at the wall as they can and hope something will stick.

  11. Stone says: Jan 20, 2010 10:13 PM

    Another sh&tty story going to die. There will be blood in the water somewhere else soon. Rest easy, sports writers.

  12. Cerberus says: Jan 20, 2010 10:13 PM

    Well, it took you long enough to see what was so plain to many Raider fans. There has been no decision that we know of, and if there has been a decision made to keep Cable under contract, Davis certainly isn’t going to hold a press conference to state such a thing. Afterall, we all know there is no love loss between Davis and the media, so he loves to watch you all (yes, that now includes you Florio) twist in the wind.
    Davis is also going to interview ANY assistant coaches, which is certainly what is going on if the Hue Jackson reports are correct.

  13. Bob S. says: Jan 20, 2010 10:14 PM

    except for the 2 guys who money means nothing to skins owner snyder and seahawks allen NO one is firing a coach who normally would be let go and/or hiring a big name for money BECAUSE they know next year is a lame duck season for every team and there will be no football in the nfl the year after except for replacement players so they can continue to milk the suckers who paid thousands for seat licenses.

  14. Gunther69 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:21 PM

    (since, frankly, it’s not always prudent to accept at face value the self-serving stuff disseminated by any team
    Yeah, it’s better to believe some hack that doesn’t have a shred of evidence, makes things up, and doesn’t know what is going on in the organization. What makes it worse is their intentions aren’t positive. They are basically just liars.

  15. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 20, 2010 10:21 PM

    Nobody wants to coach this garbage.

  16. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 20, 2010 10:25 PM

    As a raider fan, I do not know if cable is staying or going, but I do know BSPN, is just that, and everybody at the SF Chronicle, and ex SF Chronicle writers (aka Nancy GAy) are all haters and should all apply at BSPN.
    Same goes for Kawakami or whatever his name is at SJ Merecury. He is a niner fan as well. If you want the truth on the raiders stick with Jerry McDonald, and Papa on Comcast Sports Bay Area
    Gotta love the haters!

  17. raiderrob21 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:27 PM

    Gloryhole…..
    Ive told you numerous times the Bay Area media is in the pocket of the 49ers and the Giants. And ESPN? C’mon Gloyhole I thought you were smarter than that? Guess not. But you proved youll bash the Raiders any chance you get……NEXT……

  18. pdxbolt4life says: Jan 20, 2010 10:31 PM

    Well hell…if Herrera said it then it must be accurate. He’s always been truthful and forthcoming.

  19. Bob S. says: Jan 20, 2010 10:33 PM

    TSN right now
    Trestman, who has coached the Alouettes for the last two seasons, signed a contract extension with the club in December that would extend his stay in Montreal to 2012.
    “If someone from the Raiders has called to ask permission to speak to him I don’t know about it,” Montreal general manager Jim Popp told TSN’s CFL Insider Dave Naylor of globesports.com.

  20. raidah55 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    Anybody ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, Mr. Davis hasn’t lost it, but the rest of the teams in the League have caught up?
    During Madden’s 10-year reign, you could count the really quality general managers on one hand. Now, the League is full of them, and I’ll bet if you asked them, more than a few were influenced by Al Davis.
    I remember, shortly before Bill Walsh died the media was lauding his coaching tree and annointing him, and deservedly so…And I remember his comment He responded to the media by telling them how he learned what he knew about football coaching for Sid Gilman Al Davis.
    Okay, so Mr. Davis isn’t young anymore, well, someday, your fathers will be old, if they aren’t already. What are you going to do when you notice them losing a step, toss them out in the cold?
    I started rooting for the Raiders in 1976, and Mr. Davis gave me a fantastic ride. The Raiders kicked ass in a style most other teams could only envy.
    As a Raider fan, I’ll forever be in his debt for three of the greatest Super Bowl Sunday’s any fan could ever ask for. And the only way I can ever repay him is to stand by him in times like this. And I will. And proudly.
    I love Al Davis, and you should too.

  21. encinitasraider says: Jan 20, 2010 11:07 PM

    the raiders need an OC and maybe a DLINE coach…

  22. dogma1 says: Jan 20, 2010 11:21 PM

    ya know, the Raiders never said Cable was ever in trouble of being fired. Its all media.
    who knows.

  23. edwicy says: Jan 20, 2010 11:32 PM

    When will Florio, ESPN, and the likes learn that when you have sources that are close or within the Raiders, you might as well as be reading material that is as reliable as the National Enquirer.

  24. Tinbender says: Jan 20, 2010 11:33 PM

    All the Raider bashing, Al Davis bashing, aren’t there teams with worst records? Teams that couldn’t beat the teams the Raiders beat?.
    Thought so.

  25. 24Seven says: Jan 21, 2010 1:31 AM

    My bet is that AD says nothing. No press conference. Nothing to Cable to say he’s still the head coach. Nothing to any of his assistants that he’s still the coach. Nothing to the team. He’ll just let it ride.
    Anybody ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, Mr. Davis hasn’t lost it, but the rest of the teams in the League have caught up?
    Worst record over the past seven years. Worst record over ANY seven year period. Yeah, he’s lost it.
    During Madden’s 10-year reign, you could count the really quality general managers on one hand. Now, the League is full of them, and I’ll bet if you asked them, more than a few were influenced by Al Davis.
    A. That was 26 years ago. A full generation has gone by that has never known the Raiders, other than brief blip, weren’t a doormat.
    B. Davis was in his 40’s during Madden’s years. He’s in his 80’s now. People’s faculties fade as they get older.
    C. The league, quality of the players and style of game play have changed. Davis hasn’t. As Warren Sapp said, “Davis knows football. It’s 60’s and 70’s football.”
    I remember, shortly before Bill Walsh died the media was lauding his coaching tree and annointing him, and deservedly so…And I remember his comment He responded to the media by telling them how he learned what he knew about football coaching for Sid Gilman Al Davis.
    Again, that was 20 years ago. Times change. You can’t drop back on every other play and throw the bomb.
    Okay, so Mr. Davis isn’t young anymore, well, someday, your fathers will be old, if they aren’t already. What are you going to do when you notice them losing a step, toss them out in the cold?
    Not put them in charge of a billion dollar franchise and hope that they can still iron out contracts by themselves.
    I started rooting for the Raiders in 1976, and Mr. Davis gave me a fantastic ride. The Raiders kicked ass in a style most other teams could only envy.
    Yep. Same here. That was 34 years ago. People that last saw the Raider greatness are bum rushing regular colonoscopy exams. Can’t live in the past.

  26. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 21, 2010 6:59 AM

    I hear ya, raidah55.
    Appreciating the past is for those of us who are old enough to have experienced it, and I really do appreciate it.
    These kids not only have NOT experienced the past, but they don’t respect it either, or their elders.
    Every time I hear them make comments Al Davis and how they want him to die, it makes me cringe.
    I hope you kids never get old but if by chance you do, may you end up with half the success Mr Davis has had.

  27. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Jan 21, 2010 7:55 AM

    I missed the press conferances from all the other NFL teams saying that they are keeping there current head coach.

  28. BeerBarron says: Jan 21, 2010 8:44 AM

    Most accurate headline for the Raiders for the last few years..

  29. skf727 says: Jan 21, 2010 8:53 AM

    raidah55,
    I, too, am I life-long Raider fan who is on the wrong side of 40.
    Growing up in the DC area and ALWAYS hating the Redskins, one of my earliest football memories was watching the Raiders beat the Redskins in OT back in 1975 with Pete Banaczek scoring three TDs and Blanda winning it with a FG.
    To this day, Super Bowl XVIII remains my most satisfying sports moment!
    Anyway, I don’t think Al Davis has “lost” it and unfortunately, that is the problem.
    Al Davis still has “it”- with “it” being the belief that by paying large sums of money to players, said players will give 150% of their heart and soul to the Raiders. That is simply not the case anymore, if it ever really was.
    I don’t think it ever dawns on Al that when he agrees to pay a player such as say, oh…I don’t know, JAMARCUS RUSSELL, nearly $40mm- that the player may not feel the need to work hard to justify the contract as the player’s financial future has already been secured.
    If you think about it, ever since Flores got bumped upstairs in 1987, the only sustained success the Raiders have had were the last two years of Gruden’s time and Callahan’s first year with Gannon at QB. Gannon and Gruden were two peas in a pod work ethic-wise and success followed. For Davis it was vindication as the Raiders returned to the limelight after almost 10 years of mediocrity. For Davis critics, it was blind luck.
    Everybody in the NFL is uber-talented- the difference is heart which obviously is more difficult to measure.
    Al’s no better at measuring heart than any other owner/GM but he’s infinitely worse at cutting his losses and owning up to his mistakes.

  30. ignoringthehaters says: Jan 21, 2010 9:05 AM

    Media morons need to be held accountable for falsehoods. Do you people have no ethics? You report the “facts” which to you apparently has the same meaning as gossip. Sad and pathetic. Time to be held to higher standards.

  31. jb10 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:04 AM

    most accurate comment on here:
    # Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: January 21, 2010 7:55 AM
    I missed the press conferences from all the other NFL teams saying that they are keeping there current head coach.

  32. 24Seven says: Jan 21, 2010 11:20 AM

    I missed the press conferences from all the other NFL teams saying that they are keeping there current head coach.
    I missed rapid media rumors about the other teams that because their team lost 10 games, again, that their head coach was likely to be fired.
    If Davis is going to keep Cable he ought to come out and say he is still the head coach. However, knowing AD, he probably won’t say a thing. He’ll come out with some bullshit statement about not needing to reaffirm that his head coach is remaining.

  33. tango says: Jan 21, 2010 12:05 PM

    raidah55 ! You must be as old and senile as dead Al and I suspect you are also enamored with JaJunk as the Raider future ! Pathetic

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