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Report: Raiders talking with Holmgren about job

Long-time Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren is the latest candidate to surface in the Raiders search for an established football person to assume a leadership role.

ESPN cited two unnamed sources as saying the two sides have spoken about the prospect of Holmgren joining the Raiders in some capacity.

Zak Gilbert, the Raiders director of media relations, issued the following statement: “As a general policy, the Raiders don’t comment on personnel matters, so the team isn’t able to confirm or deny the report. If the organization has more to say in the future, I will let you know.”

Holmgren most recently was with the Cleveland Browns as their team president until he stepped down late last season. He and current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked together when they were with the Packers.
In recent months, the Raiders reportedly interviewed Ray Anderson, the league’s senior vice president of football operations.

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  • r8eray

    If the old man were still around he’d be drafting…Dee Milliner! I wouldn’t criticize that pick either, we got so many holes and just 1 1st round pick!

    On top of that… homeboy ran a 4.37, good old Al speed!!

    I’m beginning to like that one cat from Oregon too!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    To trade down, you need a trade up partner.
    The way the top of this draft is unfolding, good luck with that.
    We are stuck at #3, IMO, unless we are talking about taking a 4th round pick to move down 2-3 spots, instead of the one spot #3 traded down from last year for a 4th.
    ======================================================

    Not sure what you just said, but I think I understand your meaning. We probably won’t get as sweet a deal as some top heavy drafts have provided, but I think you take what you can get for more picks in our situation.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    To trade down, you need a trade up partner.

    The way the top of this draft is unfolding, good luck with that.

    We are stuck at #3, IMO, unless we are talking about taking a 4th round pick to move down 2-3 spots, instead of the one spot #3 traded down from last year for a 4th.

    >>>>

    I am not privy to being a drafting insider, but I would bet dollars to dimes that there will easily be a trade partner available in the top three with the new rookie salary rules.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie svcks aszsz if youre impressed with his moves there is no hope for you…

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    edward teach Says:
    I think the two biggest coaching losses for the Raiders over the past few years were Brian Schneider and Mike Waufle.
    ======================================================

    Would hiring Knapp count as a coaching loss?

  • DJ Johnny

    Our defense w/out McClain and Seymour was the # 2 ranked overall D in the league over the final quarter of the season. 9th in sacks over that time as well.

    Our offense is going back to the 2011 scheme before Knapp screwed it all up.

    DMAC is in a contract yr. and will ball out.

    Ford is back to bolster the kick returns.

    We have the 4th easiest schedule in the league.

    I’m not saying to get your SB tickets yet, but we can at least entertain the possibility that the defensive surge was more than just a 4 game fluke, and that the same offense (minus that key piece that left for Chi. and took his 3.8 ypc. with him) can return to it’s 2011 form.

    Likely? Maybe not. Possibly? Why not.

  • Gdog

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    To trade down, you need a trade up partner.
    The way the top of this draft is unfolding, good luck with that.
    We are stuck at #3, IMO, unless we are talking about taking a 4th round pick to move down 2-3 spots, instead of the one spot #3 traded down from last year for a 4th.
    ======================================================

    Not sure what you just said, but I think I understand your meaning. We probably won’t get as sweet a deal as some top heavy drafts have provided, but I think you take what you can get for more picks in our situation.

    >>>>

    There’s some crappy teams with a stock pile of picks… and they all might have their eyes on a certain player.

    All it takes is just two teams bidding… I imagine most of this is worked out way before the draft starts this high up.

  • Chris in NY

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:09 pm
    Bergstrom was McKenzie’s first ever draft pick as a GM.

    He will start, by mandate if not performance.

    I think he will be fine at RT, he was a All-Conference LT in college.

    That will emerge as a very, very solid draft selection.

    ————————

    The fact that the 26-year-old rookie couldn’t sniff the field when Willie Smith was getting beat like a drum each week was troubling. Though that could just as likely be on terrible coaching decisions as much as anything else.

  • edward teach

    305.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:21 pm
    edward teach Says:
    I think the two biggest coaching losses for the Raiders over the past few years were Brian Schneider and Mike Waufle.
    ======================================================

    Would hiring Knapp count as a coaching loss?

    ********************************************************

    Not sure, but firing him would not.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie has flopped more than romney…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I think when you go 4-12, you’ve earned the #3 pick, and ought to indulge.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Last year, the #3 traded down to #4 and got a 4th round pick.

    #5 traded down to #7, and got a 4th and a 5th.

    #6 traded down to #14 and got a mid 2nd.

    None of that seems real appealing.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And last year was a better draft class than this year.

    A team moved up to get Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne and Mark Barron.

    All three of those guys were better prospects at their position(s) than the guys coming out this year at them.

    If we do trade down, people in here are going to be real disappointed with the booty we get from it.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    You get Geno and then HB, you are talking about knabbing the best QB and the best return man/Special teamer in the draft.

    That’s a helluva base to start off with in a draft. Grab an OG, maybe an ILB prospect or TE, and we are on to something.

    Address other issues (pass-rush) in FA. Bergstrom is your RT.
    =============================================
    Credit to you for having a plan. Like your thinking. Especially the part about moving past CP.

    But…

    I’m going to have to say I can’t buy into Geno Smith.

    Saw a clip of some ridiculously poor throws by Geno on the NFLN yesterday.

    That, along with his performance against Syracuse, has me leaning strongly against drafting GS.

    IMO, GS can be anything between a bust or an average NFL QB but I don’t think his ceiling warrants being drafted #3.

    BTW, I know you’re very high on Aaron Murray in next year’s draft.

    I’m in a bubble bursting mode tonight, and will predict Murray is going to be an NFL bust.

    Rex Grossman 2.0.

    Eventually, the RAID search for a franchise QB will come to an end, but I don’t believe it’ll be with either of these guys.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Speaking of Seymour, there are still no definitive reports of his release, or his becoming a free agent on the official NFL Transactions site where other releases and signings are listed. Supposedly Feb. 8th was the deadline for the Raiders to excercise their option to void his contract and report it to the NFL who would then make it public. He is still listed on the
    Raiders roster(injured reserve) and almost more tellingly, wikipedia.
    Before you say how many times his release has been reported, it never has. Not Cork, JMac, Paul G., Vic Tafur, Levi, nobody. Lots of assumed, all but done,widely expected, likely etc.etc.etc.
    Google ‘Richard Seymour contract voided’ and see what you get. Kawakami did say it automatically voided which is dead wrong. Surprise, surprise.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just curious what the story is with Big Sey?

  • edward teach

    #6 traded down to #14 and got a mid 2nd.

    ********************************************************

    If dealing the #3 kept me in the top ten and gave me a second rounder (which I don’t currently have)?

    I’d do that deal in a second.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I’d rather have Star or Womack or Jokel over any two, but I’m no draft guy.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    edward teach Says:
    Not sure, but firing him would not.
    ========================================

    Hah!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Aaron Murray has some serious panache to him, I like the swagger. Of course Grossman was seen as “fiery” as well, so who knows. He also pushes the ball down the field, almost to a fault at times. Al would have loved him.

    Geno is more of a deep-thinking type dude, likes to paint water-colors. Still liken him to a more athletic, slightly less accurate Matt Ryan, which I know breaks the cardinal rule of comparing a white guy to a black guy, but I am rolling with it.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Gdog Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    To trade down, you need a trade up partner.
    The way the top of this draft is unfolding, good luck with that.
    We are stuck at #3, IMO, unless we are talking about taking a 4th round pick to move down 2-3 spots, instead of the one spot #3 traded down from last year for a 4th.
    ======================================================

    Not sure what you just said, but I think I understand your meaning. We probably won’t get as sweet a deal as some top heavy drafts have provided, but I think you take what you can get for more picks in our situation.

    >>>>

    There’s some crappy teams with a stock pile of picks… and they all might have their eyes on a certain player.
    ==========================================

    This is exactly right. Since there are no consensus one, two and three in this draft, and players seem to be shifting up and down every day, that is good news for the Raiders. + there are teams like St. Louis, or the Whiners that have a plethora of picks. If you are the Whiners would you not want to trade a couple of high lst rounders for a shot at Milliner or Moore or Werner? Makes sense to me.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    edward teach Says:
    #6 traded down to #14 and got a mid 2nd.
    ********************************************************
    If dealing the #3 kept me in the top ten and gave me a second rounder (which I don’t currently have)?
    I’d do that deal in a second.
    ====================================================

    I’d take the 14 and mid 2nd. Try for a high 2nd but still…
    Supposed to be a D line cornucopia this year.
    I’d still use one of those first two on the O line.

  • Just Fire Baby

    From 6 to 14 is 8 spots (I used my fingers).

    Now granted trading up to #3 should cost more than #6, but if we trade down 7 spots let’s say instead of 8, that 2nd rounder would be the 10th pick in the second round, as opposed to the 14th pick in the 2nd round that the Bucs got last year.

    So that is my theory. If we want a 2nd rounder outright, we will have to move down 6-8 spots.

    We could always toss in one of our 6ths to try to sweeten it up. Say swap from #3 to #7, give them a 6th and they give us their 2nd.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    Geno is more of a deep-thinking type dude, likes to paint water-colors. Still liken him to a more athletic, slightly less accurate Matt Ryan, which I know breaks the cardinal rule of comparing a white guy to a black guy, but I am rolling with it.
    =====================================================

    Thought we’d been doing that for the last 6 months.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie is an over matched rube with an over sized bag of excuses.

    Bring on the Walrus.

    Just Win Baby.

  • edward teach

    323.Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    From 6 to 14 is 8 spots (I used my fingers).

    Now granted trading up to #3 should cost more than #6, but if we trade down 7 spots let’s say instead of 8, that 2nd rounder would be the 10th pick in the second round, as opposed to the 14th pick in the 2nd round that the Bucs got last year.

    So that is my theory. If we want a 2nd rounder outright, we will have to move down 6-8 spots.

    We could always toss in one of our 6ths to try to sweeten it up. Say swap from #3 to #7, give them a 6th and they give us their 2nd.

    ********************************************************

    Did you just change your mind? In the previous post you said that it didn’t sound appealing…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    fire reggie now…

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Just curious what the story is with Big Sey?
    ===========================================

    Contrary to what every person on this board thinks, they want him here for one more year. I believe he is mulling his options as we speak.

  • DJ Johnny

    “From wins we shall scurry…to draft Aaron Murray”.

    “Get blurry for Murray”

    “Lose in a hurry to draft Aaron Murray”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just saw a picture of Barret Jones at the combine, and let’s say he looks like a young, gay Wayne Newton.

    Also suffered a Lis Franc injury? No chance he will be ready for the beginning of camps, IMO.

    Dude might be avail in the 3rd round.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did you just change your mind? In the previous post you said that it didn’t sound appealing…

    ****************************

    Sorry, that was supposed to be the jist of my post.

    Trading down 6-8 spots for a 2nd rounder? Not all that appealing.

    Trading down a few spots for a 4th or 5th rounder? Not at all interested.

  • r8eray

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    From 6 to 14 is 8 spots (I used my fingers).

    Now granted trading up to #3 should cost more than #6, but if we trade down 7 spots let’s say instead of 8, that 2nd rounder would be the 10th pick in the second round, as opposed to the 14th pick in the 2nd round that the Bucs got last year.

    So that is my theory. If we want a 2nd rounder outright, we will have to move down 6-8 spots.

    We could always toss in one of our 6ths to try to sweeten it up. Say swap from #3 to #7, give them a 6th and they give us their 2nd.

    ======

    Where do I sign?

    Just got back from L.A. a few hours ago..listing to 710 am on the way back and heard Matt Barkley and Raiders talk! I guess the Raiders interviewed him along with 8 other teams?

    Anyone else hear that?

    I’m a big SC fan…but even I say “OH HELL NAW”!!! that foo is a puzzy!!

    The only players I actually like coming out of SC would Woods and that one safety…thats it!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Just saw a picture of Barret Jones at the combine, and let’s say he looks like a young, gay Wayne Newton.

    Also suffered a Lis Franc injury? No chance he will be ready for the beginning of camps, IMO.

    Dude might be avail in the 3rd round.
    ==============================================

    I wish he would be available in the 3rd round. He will go top of 2 latest. He played the last half of the season with a Lis Franc including playing center in the National Championship Game. And did an amazing job. Yet our guy couldn’t play with the same injury. For millions of dollars our guy could not play, yet Jones played for free. Think that doesn’t catch some GM’s eye?

  • Que

    I can t wait fo reggie to have a great draft and people in hear can eat crow.

  • edward teach

    331.Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    Did you just change your mind? In the previous post you said that it didn’t sound appealing…

    ****************************

    Sorry, that was supposed to be the jist of my post.

    Trading down 6-8 spots for a 2nd rounder? Not all that appealing.

    Trading down a few spots for a 4th or 5th rounder? Not at all interested.

    ********************************************************

    Ah, ok. I get it.

    Easy to miss context on the Interweb sometimes.

  • r8eray

    *be

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    When you factor in potential 3 team swaps with players thrown in, it gets a bit complex. We’re playing checkers, they’re playing chess. Math to algebra II or algebra I to calculus. They’re not neccessarily smarter, but hopefully thinking about every scenario 30-40 hours a week ’till draft day. And not just one guy, but many, many guys.
    Won’t stop me from speculating, just saying…

  • edward teach

    Best case scenario for us would be if KC takes Joeckel. Somebody could want Fisher badly enough to try and get ahead of Philly.

    It would have to be the right offer, but it would be nice to have the option.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Did you just change your mind? In the previous post you said that it didn’t sound appealing…

    ****************************

    Sorry, that was supposed to be the jist of my post.

    Trading down 6-8 spots for a 2nd rounder? Not all that appealing.

    >>>>>

    That depends on who we want to pick! If its a defensive flavor-of-the-week, I am all over it!

    If we want Warmack, no thanx. I’d just pick him and not look back.

    He could be gone.

    Now if they want Geno, I’d be back all over it!

  • Gdog

    This is exactly right. Since there are no consensus one, two and three in this draft, and players seem to be shifting up and down every day, that is good news for the Raiders. + there are teams like St. Louis, or the Whiners that have a plethora of picks. If you are the Whiners would you not want to trade a couple of high lst rounders for a shot at Milliner or Moore or Werner? Makes sense to me.

    >>>

    No kidding. Its still all just human nature. If you have extra picks, why not take the guess work out of it?

    Look at what Atlanta gave up to pick a frigging WR!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    Just saw a picture of Barret Jones at the combine, and let’s say he looks like a young, gay Wayne Newton.
    Also suffered a Lis Franc injury? No chance he will be ready for the beginning of camps, IMO.
    Dude might be avail in the 3rd round.
    ======================================================

    Because he looks like a young, gay Wayne Newton?
    Remember National Lampoon”s “Vacation” in Vegas?
    I’d take him with the #3 if a young Beverly De’Angelo came with him.

  • http://raiders.com 00raiders00

    I like we’re talking to holmgren. Always felt we need seasoned players cause the coaches can’t coach. Now Reggie is bein pure genius here cause he knows DA can’t coach and he (Reggie) can’t GM cause he’s got his hands full keepin his thumb on DA. So enter holmgren. Pure brilliant move by Reggiemac. I am impressed. Seasoned players and seasoned GMs. DA has a ways to go but holmgren should be able to boot him along.

  • Try Some Reality

    RE: Holmgren. I say go for it!

  • Gdog

    I want to know who came up with the idea to float the Holmgren trial balloon. If it was Reggie, I am all in! If it was Davis, this means to me he might not be sold at all on Reggie and I see some major problems ahead yet.

    Holmgren does have the coaching pedigree, obviously, but has not really accomplished anything since, well, the Seattle SB, right?

    Cleveland is a grease fire right now… our two 8-8 seasons would be a god send to those fans.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Gdog Says:
    If we want Warmack, no thanx. I’d just pick him and not look back.
    =======================================================

    There’s a lot to be said for a high probability of never regretting your pick. Even #3 for a guard.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Geno has moved to the top of my draft board, the 2 players that were ahead of him are both LTs, which we don’t need.

    Plus this will allow Reggie to trade both Palmer and Pryor and the rest of us won’t have to read your debates anymore.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders will either have our franchise QB in Geno; or two elite OTs in Vehldeer & Joeckel/Fisher.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think we will know by March 14th if Geno will be there at #3 overall; the date Kansas City trades with San Francisco or not.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    We haven’t develop a talent since???

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Lol