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Report: McKenzie lines up coaching interview

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 4:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

New general manager Reggie McKenzie has an interview planned with Todd Bowles as a potential replacement for fired head coach Hue Jackson, according to an ESPN report.
Bowles, 48, replaced fired Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano 13 games into this season and managed a 2-1 record the rest of the way.
Bowles, who played in the NFL for eight seasons, interviewed for the Dolphins vacancy the day after the season ended, but he has yet to be told whether he is getting the job.
Bowles interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys last year for the job that went to interim coach Jason Garrett. He is considered a bright prospect who has a knack for connecting with his players and getting the most out of them.
Bowles’ history as an assistant is that of a secondary coach. Therefore, he also could help the Raiders in that problem area if he is hired by McKenzie.
McKenzie said he isn’t going to waste any time in reshaping the Raiders. This is evidence that he already has a plan in place.
He said Tuesday at his introductory news conference that he has a short list of candidates. Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss is thought to be atop that list, though no interview has been scheduled because Moss still is in the middle of his season.

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  • WahBash Cannonball

    :grin:

  • alex7

    Duck, I don’t mind the structure. I mind getting rid of THE ONLY PRODUCTIVE COACH we had here. And HOPING the next one can produce those types of points.

  • alex7

    aren’t most Rooney rule interview guys described as having a bright future?

    Would be funny if they weren’t.

    Like some of you said, THIS BETTER WORK, or having ONE interview for your GM and TWO interviews for your HC is gonna look awfully Peter Principle.

  • aig-raiders

    Chris in NY Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Silver’s article = bullseye.
    ————-
    Say that it is true Mark is in over his head. Shouldnt he bring in a professional GM to run the team? Which is exactly what he did. So what is the point of the article again?

  • raidertay

    I guess he doesnt need a Raider or Greenbay connection afterall.

  • alex7

    well Aig

    to be fair, Mark didn’t bring in a profession GM. He brought in a guy who broke down college film and helped draft great talent. Full time GM is a step up.

    Hopefully not a peter principle.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    lol Duck

    so, the other 28 regularly run franchises.

    Didn’t about 18 of those not make the playoffs.

    Funny how logic can be twisted.

    Duck, I don’t mind the structure. I mind getting rid of THE ONLY PRODUCTIVE COACH we had here. And HOPING the next one can produce those types of points.

    ==========================================

    Hue was a productive coach. HOWEVER, he was also a forked-tongue backstabber. My take is that Mark was probably on the fence about him, as he had both positives and negatives. If Reggie had said “I want to keep Hue,” Mark would have been fine with it, too.

    But Reggie wants his own guy that he can trust. Nothing wrong with that, especially if the incoming guy keeps Jackson’s offensive assistants. Saunders is a proven play-caller, so no problem there.

  • Cream Rinse

    GoodOle00 Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    91. By osmosis Davis Jr. knows more about football than this blog combined
    ==================================================

    That may be true, but he dont know didley about hair style.

  • aig-raiders

    Like some of you said, THIS BETTER WORK
    —————
    As compared to what? Going 8-8 with an even better roster than the Tom Cable era? Tom Cable had Al Davis stripping his paycheck and still finished 8-8. Hue Jack was the defacto GM since October 8 and still finished 8-8 with more weapons. WTF? Did Hue just improved now that he got fired?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Alex7 Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
    well Aig

    to be fair, Mark didn’t bring in a profession GM. He brought in a guy who broke down college film and helped draft great talent. Full time GM is a step up.

    Hopefully not a peter principle.

    ==========================================

    And proven GM’s aren’t always available. The only one on the market was Bill Polian, and one suspects he would be a package deal with his (by all accounts) inept son Chris.

  • RaiderDebo

    51.alex7 Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Debo

    Elvis Grbac had a 16-15 TD to INT ratio in San Francisco. That’s kicking ass??

    Your logic SUCKS!

    Those two Hall of Fame QBs were alright though.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Dude, you should know by now that I don’t play fantasy football. Fact is he went 6-3 as a starter there. Garcia went to the playoffs and won playoff games there. Didn’t do that in Cleveland or Detroit, did he? What was Steve Young in Tampa Bay? If he doesn’t get rescued by the 49ers, does he go to the HOF??? You’ve got to get it through your head that it’s a team game. Yeah, some QBs are more talented than others. When you have a talented one, you’ve got to surround him with talent so that his talent can show through. Stafford is a great example. He has one of the three strongest arms in the NFL. The day he walked in the door, he had the best receiver in football. Then the team surrounds him with Tony Schefler, Nate Burleson, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew. That equals a 5000-yrd, playoff season. Too bad Al didn’t get that memo when we had Jamarcus. He figured JR should put a HOF career together with Justin Fargas, Cornell Green, Mario Henderson, Loiuis Murphy (rookie) and DHB (rookie). Oh well.

  • GoodOle00

    Decoy

  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Bottom line is that Reggie is in charge now. The coach will be someone HE and he alone wants to hire. This is how it should be. Again, this is how sane organizations run things.
    ================================================

    McKenzie emphasized this over and over. What the Green Bay Packer way is: singleness of purpose. Everyone on the same page. They don’t want anyone going off on their own tangent which has been a problem around here. Think Jackson fit into that mold?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    Chris in NY Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Silver’s article = bullseye.
    ————-
    Say that it is true Mark is in over his head. Shouldnt he bring in a professional GM to run the team? Which is exactly what he did. So what is the point of the article again?

    =============================================

    The article had no point other than a “Mark Davis sucks” hit piece. Yahoo! Sports should be embarrassed to have even run it.

  • aig-raiders

    But Reggie wants his own guy that he can trust. Nothing wrong with that,
    ———————-

    Exactly!!! Why would Reggie want to keep Hue around when Hue is already backtracking that he wasnt the guy that made the decision on the Palmer trade? Hue was not the guy but the mastermind! Who would want that cancer on your team?

  • alex7

    I’ll agree with you Duck.

    Hue’s personality didn’t help him out at all :)

    But…it’s a football team. Sports. Entertainment. I’ll take a weird personality that can produce something tangible over a nice guy that may or may not.

    I’ll take Gruden over Callahan. Hope we’re not repeating history.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Todd Bowles.

    Bowles has experience in both 4-3 and 3-4 base defenses, and has learned under some notable coaches such as Mike Nolan, Bill Parcells, and Wade Phillips.

    Bowles is intriguing because of his underrated track record. If you look into his resume, you will find that Bowles was a key factor in sculpting some of the NFL’s best secondaries in the past decade.

    He began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Morehouse College in 1997. Bowles later went on to be the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for Grambling State from 1998-1999 where he served under former Bucs quarterback and director of pro personnel Doug Williams.

    He then made the leap into pro football.

    Bowles’ first coaching position in the NFL came as a defensive backs coach for the New York Jets in 2000, which was a unit that only allowed 183.3 passing yards per game and ranked sixth in the NFL in pass defense.

    Bowles was a part of the Cleveland Browns organization for four years (2001-04).

    During his first three years with the Browns, he was a defensive nickel package coach. In 2001, the Browns led the league in interceptions with a total of 33, which was also a franchise record. In his final season with the Browns, Bowles acted as the secondary coach. The Browns ranked fifth in interceptions with Bowles as the secondary coach in 2004.

    The New Jersey native was hired by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.

    Bowles coached the Cowboys secondary for three years (2005-08). During that time, Bowles coached three Dallas defensive backs to Pro Bowls. Safeties Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams combined for four trips to Honolulu, and cornerback Terrance Newman contributed with another invitation. Bowles did a phenomenal job getting the most out of these players, and clearly guided them in the right direction during his tenure as a part of the Cowboys’ organization.

    Bowles also had an exceptional pro career as a defensive back. He played eight years in the NFL, including seasons with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.

    The Redskins captured the Super Bowl championship in 1987 with Bowles starting at free safety.

    He’s someone that players can relate to today’s NFL players because he’s already “been there and done that” as a player.

    Bowles also had a short stint in the talent evaluation department. After his playing career ended, Bowles took a job in the player personnel department for the Green Bay Packers in 1995.

    Bowles, 48, has spent the last four seasons with the Miami Dolphins as the defensive backs coach and the assistant head coach.

    He is being credited for the successful development of Miami’s impressive young secondary. Bowles helped cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith adjust to the NFL after being drafted in the first and second round in 2009.

    They have proven to be one of the best and most underrated young cornerback tandems in the league. He also assisted safety Yeremiah Bell during his Pro Bowl season in 2010.

    Bowles was named the interim head coach after Miami fired Sparano with just three games left to play in the 2011 season.

    He led the Dolphins to a 2-1 record, which included wins over the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins also played a good game against the New England Patriots with Bowles at the helm. The Fins almost came away with the win, but in the end lost the game by a final score of 27-24.

    When Bowles gives a post-game press conference, he is soft-spoken, humble, and gives credit where credit is due.

    But according to Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell, Bowles is a no-nonsense coach on the football field.

    “He’s soft-spoken, but if he needs to get in your face, believe me, he’ll get in your face,” Bell said. “There is another side. He’s not that quiet guy people make him out to be.”

    Veteran defensive back Will Allen had similar things to say about the Dolphins interim head coach.

    “He’s not afraid to call you out,” Allen said. “If you’re doing something wrong you’ll hear about it first hand. He’s not going to pull you to the side. Everyone in the room is going to hear him do it.”

  • GoodOle00

    4. Good point.

  • JLofty

    Was Bowles coaching the Yellowtails when they kicked our butt or was that still Sparano?

  • Seymour Bush

    Todd Bowles is a nice coaching prospect. A tiny bit of Head Coaching tenure, a former starter on a Super Bowl team, and there is no doubt he can coach DB’s. We could do worse.

  • JB

    Where can we sign up for an interview? Seriously, he already has a short list & I’m sure most, if not all, are GB coaches. That’s not really surprising as he’s been working with and has known these guys for up to 15 years, possibly longer.

    Irrespective of who he picks, if they focus on fixing the D while keeping the current offense & Al Saunders as the OC, we should do just fine. Reggie didn’t say he wanted to change our O or D philosophies. He said his job was to put the right HC in-place, letting that HC hire his own staff (as it should be), and to find players both from the draft & FA to upgrade our current player base. That seems like a very sound approach as long as they don’t try to revamp the whole team all at once.

    WMoss, the leading prospect for HC is a defensive minded coach. If he can fix the D, possibly by switching to 3-4 and making some personnel changes while letting Saunders run the O, we will be in the playoffs next year at a minimum.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mark davis knows he isnt his father, no one is. he was smart to hand over the keys to guy that is a raider and will implement the best practices of davis /wolf, and ted thompson.

    We do see some definite similarities to his father in the way he does business. Not afraid to pull the trigger, doesnt like a coach to fire coaches without his blessing. Will hire former raiders and first time hires, regardless of experience or media perception.

    If hue jack got cuaght in the crossfire within the process of mark davis making his own mark its simply the nature of the business.

    people have been screaming for a gm now we have one and people moan about the loss of hu jack, and say he didnt get “a fair shake”.

    Did hue jack give jc or dhb a fair shake when he swept them out to bring in palmer and tj? NO, so I guess turnabout is fair play, and in the end it is poetic justice.

  • M Lonetree

    admit it internet pundits, you have no clue whatsoever about any prospective HCs or DCs or OCs.
    Reggie! Reggie!

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Deyam, that doo Mark is sporting is the dewizzle. I will be grooming the locks in this new style just as soon as my hair grows a bit longer.

    The dude is a genius, we will be seeing this doo sprouting up all over the bay area, book it!

    What will it be named, kind of a Moe/Mullet combo sorta thing, pure style IMO!

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    alex7 Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’ll agree with you Duck.

    Hue’s personality didn’t help him out at all :)

    But…it’s a football team. Sports. Entertainment. I’ll take a weird personality that can produce something tangible over a nice guy that may or may not.

    I’ll take Gruden over Callahan. Hope we’re not repeating history.
    ============
    A weird personality? The guy was/is pure cornball. Who this side of the nut house runs around crowing about building a bully. The in itself made Hue deserving of a canning.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    Chris in NY Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Silver’s article = bullseye.
    ————-
    Say that it is true Mark is in over his head. Shouldnt he bring in a professional GM to run the team? Which is exactly what he did. So what is the point of the article again?

    =============================================

    The article had no point other than a “Mark Davis sucks” hit piece. Yahoo! Sports should be embarrassed to have even run it.
    ====================
    I sent Silver my e-mail, asking what kind of a National Inquirer d-bag is he.
    Attributing a pure speculation hatchet job, on an unnamed source at an unknown meeting. The guy is a derelict.

  • RaiderKen24

    Everyone likes and sounds good until they are in the lead chair. I hope the first time GM gets it right. If not he will set the Raiders back 5 years.

  • DKnight007

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Todd Bowles is a nice coaching prospect. A tiny bit of Head Coaching tenure, a former starter on a Super Bowl team, and there is no doubt he can coach DB’s. We could do worse.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Bowles should the secondary coach of this team IF anything.

  • DKnight007

    Here comes the trolls or supposed Raider fans coming in here now ripping M Davis and McKenzie, when they haven’t even hired a coaching staff, organized the personnel dept or played, drafted, or signed players or even played a damn game yet?

    Weirdos.

  • RaiderSam

    DKnight007 Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Todd Bowles is a nice coaching prospect. A tiny bit of Head Coaching tenure, a former starter on a Super Bowl team, and there is no doubt he can coach DB’s. We could do worse.

    =========

    Bowles was highly thought of by Bill Parcells. Good opening interview selection.

  • RaiderSam

    A weird personality? The guy was/is pure cornball. Who this side of the nut house runs around crowing about building a bully. The in itself made Hue deserving of a canning.

    ========

    Only difference between him and Rex Ryan, was Rex had the personnel on the defensive side, and Jackson didnt.

    He was a good coach, who let his mouth run a check, his team couldn’t cash. THEY QUIT ON HIM, period. I don’t know if he had their attention or they saw through him and tuned him out, or what.

  • RaiderSam

    And proven GM’s aren’t always available. The only one on the market was Bill Polian, and one suspects he would be a package deal with his (by all accounts) inept son Chris.
    ==========

    How is “proven GM” Buddy Nix working for Buffalo? Lots of GM’s crashed and burned.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Aig-Raiders Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    Chris in NY Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Silver’s article = bullseye.
    ————-
    Say that it is true Mark is in over his head. Shouldnt he bring in a professional GM to run the team? Which is exactly what he did. So what is the point of the article again?

    =============================================

    The article had no point other than a “Mark Davis sucks” hit piece. Yahoo! Sports should be embarrassed to have even run it.

    ===========

    Jackson is Silver’s buddy. They were both Cal guys, and Jackson’s been coaching on the west coast quite awhile. Silver is just sticking up for him.

  • al d. davis

    AL Davis, since 1983, has been a worthless piece of crap – 1983 being the last year Raiders won the Superbowl. Most people only go back to the Gruden anomaly in 2002, but it goes back further to 1983 when AL realized he could make more money winning lawsuits against the NFL and city of Oakland than winning football games.

    With AL’s shenanigans, the Raiders have been in the league cellar for 29 years. This is a great drama of the rise and fall of a great genius – a genius who couldn’t resurrect himself or his team after the initial fall.

    Now all you fools think you know the Raiders and Davis from the old days, but you are all a bunch of 3-hair young little bastards, who, if you are under the age of 50, know nothing about the greatness of the Raiders at all.

    My advice to you is shut up and learn.

    AL was crap for 29 yrs and deserved to be turned out to the curb. He should have been run out of the league and his minority partners should have expelled him from the partnership in which he held a 60% ownership interest. No boys and girls, AL didn’t, nor his family now, don’t exclusively own the Raiders, even though you dumb asses thought so.

    So now while God gave us a miracle and took AL back to football Heaven, or wherever the hell he ended up, we can rejoice that his stink and taint is now abating.

    Hue was loud mouthed, pimped out BS’er – a bully who couldn’t keep a single promise or remedy problems he himself created. He not only deserved to be fired, but on the way out the door, slapped across the face with an ax handle, appropriate to all con artists of his ilk. Hue bragged about the CP being the greatest trade in sports: CP being a washed up, aged QB who quit on the Bengals after making $125M in 8 yrs. It was a great trade alright, but only for Cincy.

    Now all you haters and pretenders – adolescent whores preening in front of a mirror – know the real story; just shut the F up and watch the team eliminate AL’s taint and stink and all that the taint and stink touched.

    The Raiders will soon return to greatness.

  • mark l

    Why do I get this feeling I won’t be able to watch home games on tv next season in Oakland?

  • arj

    I have 3 hopes for next season:

    1) Keep Al Saunders and let him loose by giving him play calling duties
    2) Fire Chuck B…I don’t care who replaces him. I can’t stand seeing him on the sidelines
    3) Send Mark Davis to a salon to get a hairstyle.

    Was it me or did the interview with Mark Davis not knowing how to answer questions and saying he was “busy” but couldn’t say what he was doing…remind you of the interview with George W. on his ranch in Texas after being in office for 3 months but spending only 2 weeks in DC…saying he was “busy” and that work can be done outside of DC, and that he was having lots of “meetings”

  • arj

    If I got hired as GM, I would fire Hue too. Not because he was bad, incompetent, or just plain brash, but because the GM has to start winning now. He can’t wait until next year and then try and blame Hue for not being the right coach. Accountability may be a new thing for the Raiders, but I’m glad to see it moving in that direction.

    This past season is not McKenzie’s fault. If we don’t make playoffs next year, it IS his fault regardless of what he does or does not do in terms of personnel. I respect the fact that he is going to be successful or fail on his own accountability. the easy thing to do is keep Hue and blame him next year if we don’t make playoffs.

  • arj

    Mark Davis…the Monk. He could star in the movie “Name of the Rose”

  • Snoopy

    Reggie’s going to pick a coach and that coach is going to interview what we have on board and pick his own crew…

    THAT means he can can everyone and bring in his OWN CREW!!! Thats what I’d do!!!

    And YOU TOO so forget about Saunders and for that matter, its probably the last year “FINALLY” for Old man Willy Brown… I mean i luv the guy but he’s had a job for life… We need ALL NEW BLOOD.

    Hue assumed and took more than was given to him he took advantage of Al’s death to usurp power in the name of being Coaches friend…

    sounded fushy and that throwing players under the bus was WRONG!!!! i am glad he’s gone!!!

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