By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders still haven’t said a word about head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewing candidates for their four coaching vacancies — offensive coordinator, offensive line, special teams coordinator and linebackers.
Yet, little by little word is spreading about some candidates that have interviewed or have been contacted as a means of gauging interest.
We reported Saturday that the Raiders interviewed long-time coach/offensive coordinator Mike Martz about replacing the fired Greg Knapp as the Raiders offensive coordinator and that they also spoke with Juan Castillo about his interest in taking over for fired offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
There’s also word from Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com that the Raiders interviewed Marc Trestman and Greg Olson for the offensive coordinator job.
Trestman, of course, was the Raiders offensive coordinator when they played in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season. The Raiders entered that game with the league’s top-ranked offense.
Of late, Trestman has been the coach of the Montreal Alouettes and enjoyed great success there, too. Trestman also is in the mix for the Chicago Bears head-coaching job.
Olson currently is the quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has six years’ experience as an NFL offensive coordinator — Lions, Rams and Buccaneers. He is credited for the rapid development of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, among other things.
Finally, Roussel says the Raiders interviewed Bruce DeHaven for their special teams coordinator vacancy. DeHaven is well regarded and currently works for the Buffalo Bills.