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Mariucci could rate a look

Dropped the name Steve Mariucci as a darkhorse candidate during Tuesday’s on-line chat in the event the Raiders fire Tom Cable, not knowing Tim Kawakami was devoting an entire column to the possibility in today’s Merc and Bay Area News Group-East Bay papers.

Word is getting out Mariucci, out of coaching in 2005, is considering getting back in. He’s had a healthy respect for Al Davis, and Davis has spoken well of Mariucci. He’s burned no bridges in his role as an NFL Network analyst.

Kawakami outlines his reasons why Mariucci would be a good idea. I’m of the minority opinion (among media types, anyway) keeping Cable for another year and having him surrender play-calling duties is preferable to starting all over again, and that the horrid play of JaMarcus Russell did more to sabotage the season than anything Cable did.

That said, if Davis does dump Cable _ it doesn’t sound as if there are any meetings scheduled for today _ Mariucci, even with an unsuccessful tenure in Detroit, is a better alternative than the usual suspects, starting with last year’s runner-up Kevin Gilbride and including Jim Fassel, Marc Trestman, Winston Moss, etc.

You coach the Raiders, chances are you’re getting a chunk of the remaining coaching staff. Mariucci has worked with John Marshall, who was his defensive cooridnator with the 49ers.

Offensively, Mariucci has a long history with passing game coordinator Ted Tollner. Tollner hired Mariucci on to the staff at USC as an assistant in 1986, Mariucci hired Tollner to be his quarterbacks coach with the 49ers in 2002 and his offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with the Detroit Lions in 2005.

Mariucci hasn’t worked with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, but they both come from the same offensive tree and are sticklers for quarterback fundamentals.

Mariucci fits the Raiders’ usual profile of an offensive coach, and has a good reputation with quarterbacks, although the belief here is Russell’s problems are mostly with Russell and not with his quality of coaching.

If Davis swings the axe again, he’s done a lot worse than Mariucci.

A couple of other thoughts:

– For a guy who said upon arrival he didn’t want to talk about the Patriots anymore, Richard Seymour sure loves to talk about the Patriots. He went on a New England-based Comcast Sportsnet show for a 13-minute interview which was mostly about what was wrong with New England.

He noted in free agency he’d consider “31 teams,” with the Patriots being the odd team out, and spoke well of his year in Oakland.

“I think I found my purpose out there,” Seymour said. “The coaches and players made it easy for me and I think I got rejuvenated again. Obviously I think we need a few more pieces out there to compete on an every day level. The talent is there, we’ll do a jood job putting a staff together or putting in players in place so we can compete year-in, year-out.”

Addressing the Patriots (again), Seymour said, “I’ve moved on. I’m a free agent now.”

A franchised free agent, most likely.

– Realize Lane Kiffin is the head coach and father Monte is the defensive coordinator, but at some point didn’t dad think of saying, “Son, you’ve got a commitment to Tennessee. What are you thinking?”

– Remember James Cregg, the assistant line coach Kiffin poached in-season off the Raiders staff? He didn’t get invited to make the move to USC, at least not yet. And there’s no guarantee he’ll keep his job at Tennessee.

– Don’t know about you, but Davis’ manner of dispatching Kiffin, overhead projector and all, was infinitely more entertaining than Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton’s lame statement actually thanking Kiffin for his service.

Hamilton actually thanked Kiffin for 14 months, a 7-6 record, a 23-point loss to Virginia Tech in a bowl game, an SEC reprimand for saying Florida broke the rules with one of his recruits (it didn’t) and having that same prized recruit along with two other players arrested for armed robbery.

Davis gets worked over pretty good for seven years of constant losing and firing coaches every year with the Raiders, but he’s a prophet in Tennessee.

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  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    RaiderDogg Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    As valuable as many of those old Raider players are when they hang around and coach, I have always imagined they were somewhat of an albatross to whoever decided to come and coach in Oakland.
    ——————————-
    I agree. Head coaches should be able to pick their own assistants, since they’re the ones held responsible in Oakland.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    RaiderDogg Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    As valuable as many of those old Raider players are when they hang around and coach, I have always imagined they were somewhat of an albatross to whoever decided to come and coach in Oakland.
    ——————————-
    I agree. Head coaches should be able to pick their own assistants, since they’re the ones held responsible in Oakland.
    —————————
    As we all know, logic doesn’t run rampant in the Raiders organization. All I can hope for is change.

  • Chris in NY

    This might sound crazy, but one guy who would make a good HC in my opinion is Rod Woodson.

    I know he doesn’t have coaching experience, but he’s been a mentor to a lot of guys and has almost two decades of playing experience in the NFL. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s gone. He’d command respect of the team. He has great football instincts. He loves the Raiders and has respect for Al Davis. Why not? HC doesn’t have to be as cerebral a position as the coordinator posts. Not to say Rod’s not a smart guy, he is. But he wouldn’t have to have as much experience planning Xs and Os as a coordinator. It’s more about commanding the whole operation, getting the team to play hard and having great decision-making instincts.

    Surround him with a pair of very experienced coordinators willing to run their own sides of the ball and see what happens.

    I know it’s unheard of to make a former player with no real coaching experience a head coach, but if there’s one owner who would be willing to do something so outside the box it’d be Al Davis.

    All that said I’m not sure Rod would want to give up his cushy NFL Network job for the grind of being a HC, especially after being away from his family so much for so long as a player.

  • NorthernD

    RaiderDogg Says:
    Nnamdi Asomougha…Then all of the talking heads said “Who the f*ck is that?”

    I bet they know his name now!
    =============================
    ASS-OOO-MOOO-COW

    They’ve already started practicing NAA-DAA-MAA-KONG

  • JB

    Chris in NY

    AD has done a lot of goofy schit but somehow I don’t think Woodson has ever crossed his warped mind as a HC prospect. I think Woodson would be too smart to get involved, at almost any price, to involve himself in Oakland’s coaching woes. I think before Woodson would be named as a HC the Coach Du Jour* would come to pass first (* see earlier post #256).

  • howieislong

    who names their kid knox and then bails at the first chance classless dolt.

  • NorthernD

    Chris in NY,
    Woodson? Interesting.
    You make a good point. Head coach is more about leadership and control, as opposed to X’s and O’s. Woodson presents himself in a very professional manner and doesn’t say things that are too provocative.
    He has a pretty cozy gig on TV, but he might just reconsider it for the Raiders HC job.
    The only real question is how the other coaches would react to him. Having never had to work his way up the coaching ranks, the others may not want work for him or sabotage his efforts. Especially in Oakland…

  • NorthernD

    JB Says:
    re post #256
    HC du jour

    Instead of not having to fire a HC, instead Al could fire a coach if the team lost that week. He could end up sacking 11 coaches during the year. (He’d be in heaven)
    It would be a simple proposition, win or you’re gone. What motivation.
    Win a game and you stay on as HC, win two and you get a raise, win 3 – assistant GM.
    Then as they ran out of coaches to choose from, simply have a lucky seat holder come down and don a headset.
    “Put fans in the stands, and on the sidelines.”
    A PR bonanza!!!

  • JB

    # NorthernD Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    JB Says:
    re post #256
    HC du jour

    Instead of not having to fire a HC, instead Al could fire a coach if the team lost that week. He could end up sacking 11 coaches during the year. (He’d be in heaven)
    It would be a simple proposition, win or you’re gone. What motivation.
    Win a game and you stay on as HC, win two and you get a raise, win 3 – assistant GM.
    Then as they ran out of coaches to choose from, simply have a lucky seat holder come down and don a headset.
    “Put fans in the stands, and on the sidelines.”
    A PR bonanza!!!
    *****************

    I love it. A great idea taken to it’s fullest potential. You’ve demonstrated that you really understand the program. I am proud of you. I might even name you in the will. Keep these good thoughts coming.

    Signed, Al Davis
    COB, AD Football Inc.

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  • RaiderResurrection

    Hey Norco Bob? Did I ever mention that I hated being a Raider Fan? No I love being a Raider fan. Don’t ever question my faith to my Team. Since I take it you live in Norco and since you live about 20 miles from me. If you want to say some personal stuff, you can do it to my face.

  • ca1tra2

    No way Cable is fired, now. If he was going to be fired Al Davis would have done it already. All past coaches Davis has fired he has fired within the first week following the season. The idea of him being fired is all media speculation at this point.

    Let’s bring in a solid offensive coordinator, and start planning for the draft!

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