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And then there was one . . .

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 2:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Denver Broncos named John Fox as their head coach Thursday, leaving the Raiders as the only team in the NFL without a head coach officially in place.

In contrast to the Broncos, who actually updated prospective candidates who went through the interview process through Twitter updates through new exec John Elway, the Raiders have made no public comment other than senior executive John Herrera’s declaration that “We have begun the process.”

The Raiders will not confirm whether that process has included an actual candidate for head coach, or if that candidate is Hue Jackson _ considered the heavy favorite to ascend to the position.

With no other NFL head coaching jobs available, owner Al Davis can wait as long as he wishes to actually name Jackson, given he is already under contract as offensive coordinator and is already in all likelihood the acting head coach.

This week Davis has been going through the process of staff evaluations, and there have been no changes on the team’s coaching roster on its Web site.

A couple notes:

– According to an item in the San Diego Union-Tribune, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is on the radar of the San Diego Chargers. Coach Norv Turner is a big Asomugha fan, lauding his skill level, work ethic and skill twice every year on conference calls with Bay Area media.

Should Asomugha (and other unrestricted free agents) sign elsewhere, the Raiders could be in line for compensatory selections in the 2012 draft. That would depend on how many free agents the Raiders actually lost, whether they signed any themselves, and if the same provisions are included in a new collective bargaining agreement.

– Stanford also got its head coach in line before the Raiders, and it’s David Shaw, an assistant coach in Oakland from 1998-2001.

Shaw was Jon Gruden’s offensive quality control coach in Philadelphia and joined him with the Raiders. He was also an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 through 2005.

David Shaw was in the awkward position of working for the Raiders at the same time as his father, defensive coordinator Willie Shaw, when the elder Shaw was fired following the 1999 season.

– Wow. The South.

It might be time for Tennessee to get over Lane Kiffin, based on his Deadspin.com item.

No word on whether the Raiders will be dispatching anyone to represent the organization at “Shoot Lane Kiffin’s Bobblehead Day.”

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Obsessing? He’s the guy who devoted an entire article about what Al Davis is ’supposedly’ thinking and feeling. No one obsesses more about Al Davis than Kawakami, save for a couple posters here who shall remain nameless.

    And you are wrong. I actually do know more than Kawakami which is no great accomplishment.

    You seem very defensive about Tim Kawakami for some reason. Maybe because he supports your theory that Al Davis is responsible for anything that goes wrong with the world.
    —————————————-
    #1. Tim Kawakami is a local sports writer, ok???????

    #2. Don’t be foolish enough to think you have more contacts than him in the NFL.

    #3. I think the Raiders and their “fans” get caught up in he said, she said media games, at the expense of focus on winning, than anybody, or teenage girls, maybe.

  • aig-raiders

    My effin Sharks are toothless!!!!

  • aig-raiders

    Fassell makes too many excuses. Dont like him much and I doubt the players respect him much.

  • djohnnyg

    What ever happened to Cowher and Gruden? I thought they were itching to get back in the coaching ranks.

  • alex7

    Teams do seem to let great players go simply because the team is losing, instead of holding on to them a few years to be there for the turnaround.

    CWood, K. Wimbley last off-season, Peppers.

    Usually the bad team gets the short end of the deal.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    #3. I think the Raiders and their “fans” get caught up in the, he said she said, media games, at the expense of a single-minded focus on winning, than anybody, other than a few teenage girls, maybe.

  • alex7

    Gruden has stated time and again that he’s enjoying his ESPN work.

    Great money, lots of film study, keeps him in the spotlight. He’s in no rush.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Al Davis is holding his legs shut until the Super Bowl Halftime show to announce Jackson?

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Hey, Al Davis has the last NFL Head Coach opening. Maybe Bill Cowher will come begging?

  • alex7

    Fassel likely gets denied much credit due to Sean Payton being his NY play-caller.

    Fox at least has been coaching in the NFL the last 8 years.

    When you look around, it’s getting harder to find steady NFL coaches who know what they’re doing and have been to the playoffs.

    Everyone is gunning for the young cheaper up-and-comers, and many of them are flaming out. Fox is the 2nd most proven coach in the AFC west now.

    The Broncos also needed someone to fix their D, and Fox knows D.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Gruden is still being paid by the Bucs….

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Hey, Al Davis has the last NFL Head Coach opening.

    Last chance, Grudy.

  • http://www.gmail.com The Real D-Rac

    129.djohnnyg Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    I think Al will change his mind and say he NEVER really fired Cable in the first place he just had to let the contract expire before he could offer a new one that “made more sense”. It was his plan all along.

    *********

    Yer smarter than you look.

  • aig-raiders

    Mr53 Thomas A. Howard
    RT @QuentinGroves52: I bought my first pair of Jordan’s when I got to the NFL »»» STOP lying. You know you were getting paid at Auburn. Lol

    —-funny and true

  • djohnnyg

    #1. Tim Kawakami is a local sports writer, ok???????

    #2. Don’t be foolish enough to think you have more contacts than him in the NFL.

    #3. I think the Raiders and their “fans” get caught up in he said, she said media games, at the expense of focus on winning, than anybody, or teenage girls, maybe.

    I’m sure he has many contacts it just would have been nice if he would have cited one in his article. At least throw in the infamous (yet impossible to dispute) “source close to the Raiders”.

    He just seems like such a smart aleky guy to me.

    To each his own I guess. Seems like he’d be much happier covering a different team.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    157.alex7 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Gruden has stated time and again that he’s enjoying his ESPN work.

    Great money, lots of film study, keeps him in the spotlight. He’s in no rush.

    ————-

    Thats just a smokescreen. Everyone knows him and Al have been secretly going over contract terms and expect an announcement soon. Those two have been seen all over town together as of late, at clubs, coffee shops, malls.

  • autopalm77

    Peppers signed as a free agent with Chicago at the beginning of the year…….

  • autopalm77

    Nobody wants a head coach that’s won a super bowl with another team…No coach has ever won super bowls with 2 different teams….That’s why nobody is beating the Gruden or Cowher doors……

  • drummer1279

    Not that I really agree with the call, but I think Al Davis made an example of Coach Cable, to show his players he’s serious about winning. If they are not going to produce now, they’ll be gone. I feel like he’s growing extremely impatient, probably with his age and health, and want’s more than anything to win now.

    He’s changed coaches more often than most people change cell phones, and he’s dumped more money into the roster lately than anyone. It very well could blow up in his face, but I think it’s a risk he probably feels is worth taking at this point. I hope it works out ok, despite facing some good teams next season, if the ship doesn’t fall apart, we could be in the running. Whomever the next coach is, I think it’s important to sign one soon, and get the foundation of this team stabilized, before any chance at progress is lost.

  • autopalm77

    Why would the biggest 49er fan here rmr get a pass on the kawakami…harbaugh diatribe!! Amazing!! rmr makes it sound as if it was written in stone…Raiders never even sent a text message to harbaugh!! Did the Raiders contact you jim about there coaching vacancy……..”NO”…..end of story……rmr…….

  • Kirk

    Davis won’t pay Cowher or Gruden.

    Jackson it will be, and he will be better than Cable.

  • autopalm77

    Kirk Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Davis won’t pay Cowher or Gruden.
    Jackson it will be, and he will be better than Cable.

    That may very well be…Not even Parcell’s and his abilities got it done with different teams…

  • autopalm77

    I certainly would like to see Gruden be the first…

  • priesttj

    Drummer1279

    I couldn’t agree with you more, he aint playing about winning and that 8-8 we’re not losers anymore really pissed him off. Forced him to do what he was probably going to do anyway much sooner. You don’t go 8-8 and make somestupid proclamation sticking your chest out it was time for even more frustration and study as to why we didn’t win more games. And the HC is sticking his chest out.

    This was hands down a playoff team under better management with someone capable getting the team to play well more consistently. The QB carousel and the resistance to play power football got that dude canned.

    Mr Davis has beemn insisting on a more physical approach to the game with Bush and a drvie blocking scheme. He drafted Brcue Campbell to play not sit and watch CC get stuffed. But when the coach tells his boss I know better and loses he should know a firing squad is waiting.

  • djohnnyg

    166.DaRayduh Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    157.alex7 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Gruden has stated time and again that he’s enjoying his ESPN work.

    Great money, lots of film study, keeps him in the spotlight. He’s in no rush.

    ————-

    Thats just a smokescreen. Everyone knows him and Al have been secretly going over contract terms and expect an announcement soon. Those two have been seen all over town together as of late, at clubs, coffee shops, malls.

    Yes, yes. Keep going…

  • djohnnyg

    If Hue Jackson is a “fait accompli” than why doesn’t Al just announce it already?

    I know why, cuz he’s not done interviewing Cowher.

  • djohnnyg

    I heard (seriously) that Gruden is not a shoe in for coming back on MNF next year.

    The reviews were less than glowing.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    I remember once when I was in Seattle and the Raiders played the hawks at Husky Stadium. 7 Raiders busses rolled into Husky Stadium and Gruden was the first one off the first bus. Dude had his hair slicked back, pin-striped blue collared white shirt and silver-blue tie with suspenders, coat slung over his shoulder and a brief case. Dude looked like a gangster attorney. That was the game that was soaked in rain and Gruden lost it on a over-ruled fumble recovery that Oakland should have gotten. He was on the other side of the field arguing for over 15 minutes. Never got tossed cause they knew he was right. Said in the PC after the game Al told him not to take those calls so hard. Raiders lost that game because of that bad call.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I believe it’s true that a high-profile, established, big name, or in high demand, HC would be extremely reluctant to come to the Raids.

    Al’s oft mentioned interference and meddling, refusal to relinquish final control over the staff and player roster, and reluctance to pay a HC an exorbitant salary – are all ingredients that form a toxic cocktail that such aforementioned candidates find unpalatable.

    But if anyone thinks that there isn’t a plethora of young, relatively unknown, well qualified, young prospects that would be chomping at the bit to be a HC in the NFL, even without total control over their staff and player roster, even with Davis looming over their shoulder, even at a ‘paltry’ 2 million a year – they’re dangerously naive and seriously mistaken.

    Correctly assessing which of these candidates will be successful as a Raider or NFL HC is difficult, but not impossible.

    Retaining the coach once he becomes ‘established’ is yet another matter.

    But don’t delude yourself into thinking that there is a derth of young, well qualified guys that are somewhat ‘under the radar’ that would love to be HC of the Raids.

    Is Al going to find a Madden, Shanahan, or Gruden every time ? No.

    There’s also going to be the Kiffins.

    But the idea that a good young coach can’t be found and brought to Oakland is demonstrably false.

  • djohnnyg

    170.autopalm77 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    Why would the biggest 49er fan here rmr get a pass on the kawakami…harbaugh diatribe!! Amazing!! rmr makes it sound as if it was written in stone…Raiders never even sent a text message to harbaugh!! Did the Raiders contact you jim about there coaching vacancy……..”NO”…..end of story……rmr…….

    Kawakami didn’t bother to cite one single source to support his statements. Apparently, Kawakami has the rare ability to look inside Al’s brain and can read his thoughts and also knows exactly what Al is feeling. You see, Tim KNOWS that Al didn’t actually approach Harbaugh, but.. he also KNOWS that Al “really wanted to but was waiting for Harbaugh to come to him”. You see, Kawakami KNOWS THIS FOR A FACT.

    You have to accept that Kawa. “just knows”.

    It makes perfect sense doesn’t it?

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    DJ, I can’t say if this is true or not, but one of my business partners in New York City said he heard from a friend that a hot-dog venor told him that Al and Jon bought some dogs together and said he saw them share a bench in Central Park eating hot-dogs. This is what the vendor told a friend of a partner of mine.

    Next time I go to NYC I am going to try and find that hot-dog vendor and see if I can pick his brain.

  • djohnnyg

    #179-That is very well said.

    If it is Hue than why the wait? Is Al considering others?

    You’d think we’d hear SOMETHING if that were the case.

  • drummer1279

    Cowher has said he’s not ready yet to come back. Gruden would be a good choice for the fan base, ticket sales and media attention, but I just don’t see Al Davis paying his high salary, giving him the control he’d want and perhaps most importantly, essentially admitting he should have never let him leave in the first place. I can’t confirm it, but it’s been widely reported Al Davis didn’t like Gruden stealing the spotlight from him, but I’m not sure I buy that. If he’s winning, I think that’s all he care’s about, at least at this point in his life, beyond the money and control.

    Most likely it will be Hue Jackson as HC, and I suspect a new DC, if not a totally revamped defensive staff, likely beyond Coach Waffle. The offense improved a lot, even as aneimic as it seemed at times, but the defense really struggled in some games, (while flourishing in others) and Al is a big defensive guy. I hear Rob Ryan could come back, and players like to play for him, but the defense was fairly bad, and unbelievably predictable most of the time with him around. I’m not sure we should travel down that road again.

  • djohnnyg

    181.DaRayduh Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 9:33 pm
    DJ, I can’t say if this is true or not, but one of my business partners in New York City said he heard from a friend that a hot-dog venor told him that Al and Jon bought some dogs together and said he saw them share a bench in Central Park eating hot-dogs. This is what the vendor told a friend of a partner of mine.

    Next time I go to NYC I am going to try and find that hot-dog vendor and see if I can pick his brain.

    Please do. I trust that source more than 90% of the “experts” out there right now. He’ll tall you insecret code what you need to know. If he puts two pickles in the hot dog then it’s Hue Jackson, but if he puts on relish instead, then Al is still undecided.

  • djohnnyg

    I hear Rob Ryan could come back, and players like to play for him, but the defense was fairly bad, and unbelievably predictable most of the time with him around. I’m not sure we should travel down that road again.

    Yes. That road is frought with danger and excruciating last minute losses.

  • djohnnyg

    I wonder how the KC owner feels about Todd Haley saying that after the game he told his players “not to let what happened today take away from all the good things you did this season”. It was all flowers and midgets with tricycles for Mr. Haley despite the thumping from Baltimore right on the heels of the beatdown inflicted by the Raiders the week prior.

    Imagine how Al would’ve reacted if that were Cable after the first playoff game. I’m sure we would have heard the same thing from Cable had it been the Raiders getting shellacked in the first round.

    Makes me wonder too, if Al would’ve kept Cable had Raiders gone 9-7 and made the playoffs and gotten beat like that in the first round.

  • JB

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