By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 2:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg will interview for the Raiders’ vacant head coaching job.
Add Mornhinweg’s name to an unconfirmed (by the Raiders) list that includes Denver Broncos coordinator Mike McCoy and Dennis Allen, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay assistants Winston Moss, Dom Capers, Joe Philbin and possibly Tom Clements.
Oakland’s first reported candidate, Todd Bowles, is getting a second interview with the Dolphins, the NFL Network reported.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has kept a low profile throughout the search. According to the Denver Post, McKenzie will interview McCoy and Allen in Denver Wednesday. McCoy, according to ESPN, will have his second interview with the Miami Dolphins Thursday.
So far, the Raiders have showed no inclination to pursue a big-ticket head coach unless McKenzie has tested the waters through backchannels on coaches such as Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden.
It was never the style of Al Davis to pay huge bucks to coaches, and both Gruden and Cowher would like command the sort of five-year, $35 million deal Jeff Fisher got in St. Louis. McKenzie gets to make the call on the head coach, but Mark Davis gets to decide how much money to spend. Following the press conference announcing McKenzie’s hiring, Mark Davis said he hadn’t talked to McKenzie about a budget in terms of restructuring the personnel department, and, presumably, to hire a head coach.
If the Raiders are budget-conscious when going after a head coach, they’ll probably out of the mix for top-tier coordinators as well. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan went off the market Tuesday when he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons.
Mornhinweg has two years head coaching experience with the Detroit Lions in 2001-2002. The former 49ers offensive coordinator (1997-2000) was hired by Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2003 and has been the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach since 2006. Both Reid and Mornhinweg were on Mike Holmgren’s staff with the Green Bay Packers when McKenzie was starting out in the personnel department.
In two years with the Lions, Mornhinweg was 5-27. Capers, the only other reported candidate with head coaching experience, was 18-46 with Carolina and Houston.
Curious to see if McKenzie is interested in Jack Del Rio, who grew up in Hayward as a Raiders fan and hasn’t been getting much of a sniff for current openings. Del Rio was 68-71 from 2002 through 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts are also in the market for a head coach as of Tuesday, having fired Jim Caldwell.