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Raiders ask Packers permission to interview Joe Whitt

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The Raiders lost out on Greg Manusky to the Colts, but they’ve lined up fallback options to fill their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports that the Raiders have requested permission to interview Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.

New Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie knows Whitt from their time together in Green Bay, where the 33-year-old rising position coach has helped develop former undrafted free agent cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shields into starters. The Packers, however, can opt to decline Oakland’s request to interview Whitt because the promotion offered does not involve a head-coaching job.

Whitt has been on the Packers’ staff since 2008. In Oakland, Whitt would answer to defensive-minded new head coach Dennis Allen.

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15 Responses to “Raiders ask Packers permission to interview Joe Whitt”
  1. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 2, 2012 3:01 PM

    Better than hiring Manusky or keeping Bresnahan

  2. dawsonleery says: Feb 2, 2012 3:06 PM

    Done a great job in GB with the young DBs. Could be a good hire.

  3. jbcommonsense says: Feb 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    Does this rule mean an asst. coach is stuck only able to negotiate salary with their own team?

  4. piratesofthecoliseum says: Feb 2, 2012 3:41 PM

    Good young defensive mind, turning those undrafted fa’s into starters is exactly what we need!! I like this and Ed Donatell, our secondary needs as much help as it can get!! Go Raiders!

  5. stavreafavre says: Feb 2, 2012 3:42 PM

    He’s going to be a DC sooner or later. His star was definitely brighter after last season, but obviously people in the business still see that he knows his stuff.

  6. tramonisland says: Feb 2, 2012 3:48 PM

    I hope Teddy blocks it. I want him back with the Pack next year.

  7. spinmovr says: Feb 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    This, I like. Up and coming coaches fit with what we’re trying to do as an organization. I want “all new” or proven winners coming in. No more retreads.

  8. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Feb 2, 2012 5:06 PM

    The Raiders let GB have Charles Woodson. Maybe they can return the favor and let us have Whitt

  9. justwinbaby4life says: Feb 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    Is it me or is there something wrong with denying a coach to get a raise and a job with more responsibility.

    Does the NFL require teams that deny a promotion to a higher position to give that coach a pay raise.

    Also wanted to point out that why is it more than ever teams are blocking other teams.

    Its pretty ridiculous that the Raiders have been blocked 4 times already.

    Please leave feedback

  10. rayguyreturns says: Feb 2, 2012 7:10 PM

    justwinbaby4life says:
    Is it me or is there something wrong with denying a coach to get a raise and a job with more responsibility.

    Does the NFL require teams that deny a promotion to a higher position to give that coach a pay raise.

    ______________________________________
    The question is:
    Is he under contract with Green Bay? If so, both parties may mutually dissolve the contract, or if GB elects to keep him, he should honor his contract.

    Seems simple to me.

  11. y5nthon5a says: Feb 2, 2012 7:21 PM

    As a Packers fan, I really hope he does not get the job. He’s done a fabulous job and deserves the D-Coord job, but I’d rather McCarthy block this, and see if Capers has another bad season. If he does, fire Capers and make Whitt our D-Coordinator…

  12. radrntn says: Feb 2, 2012 8:08 PM

    raiders lost out thats funny

  13. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Feb 2, 2012 9:49 PM

    If they get Whitt, then the Raiders MADE out by not hiring Manusky.

    Whitt looks like he can develop young talent, especially talent that McKenzie helps spot.

    Manusky can take a slightly above average team, and make them slightly below average.

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 3, 2012 5:03 AM

    rayguyreturns says: Feb 2, 2012 7:10 PM

    justwinbaby4life says:
    Is it me or is there something wrong with denying a coach to get a raise and a job with more responsibility.

    Does the NFL require teams that deny a promotion to a higher position to give that coach a pay raise.
    *************************************************
    I’ve often wondered how the NFL gets away this this.

    Stopping someone from working where they want to and bettering themselves is against the law on this side of the world, and many other countries.

  15. radrntn says: Feb 3, 2012 11:42 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 3, 2012 5:03 AM
    rayguyreturns says: Feb 2, 2012 7:10 PM

    justwinbaby4life says:
    Is it me or is there something wrong with denying a coach to get a raise and a job with more responsibility.

    Does the NFL require teams that deny a promotion to a higher position to give that coach a pay raise.
    *************************************************
    I’ve often wondered how the NFL gets away this this.

    Stopping someone from working where they want to and bettering themselves is against the law on this side of the world, and many other countries.
    **************************************
    If you sign a contract for a length of time you are expected to fulfill your contract. Those are the terms of the agreement that you agreed to , and took the position fully knowing that you have golden handcuffs. At the same time the NFL has a rule that nobody can be denied the opportunity to interview for a head coaching job regardless of contract. In my opinion breaking a contract is more illegal than anything else.

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