Raiders owner Al Davis is getting close to naming his ninth head coach since moving back to Oakland in 1995, and indications are no one will be surprised, beat writer Steve Corkran reports.
Unlikely to make any kind of announcement while games are being played Saturday and Sunday, indications are that Hue Jackson will be named coach No. 9 in the near future, possibly early next week.
According to senior assistant John Herrera, Davis has been busy wrapping up staff evaluations. There have been no confirmations of any coaches leaving the staff for other jobs. The Raiders typically sign assistants to two year deals, which means the only coaches who may be under contract for 2011 are Jackson, defensive line coach Mike Waufle and secondary coach Kevin Ross.
It is not unusual for assistants to stick around and work even after their contracts expire as they wait and see where they fit with a new staff.
If reports out of Dallas are true, one coach who won’t be rejoining the Raiders is former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who is reportedly closing in on a deal for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.
For what it’s worth (absolutely zero to me because I don’t bet), my picks for Saturday are Pittsburgh over Baltimore and Green Bay over Atlanta. I’ve got Chicago over Seattle and New England over the New York Jets on Sunday.