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McKenzie interviews offensive coordinator of playoff team for Raiders coaching vacancy

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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was in Indianapolis over the weekend so that he could interview Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, according to an ESPN report.
McKenzie had to trek to Indianapolis if he wanted to meet with Hamilton face to face because the Colts hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC Playoffs wild-card game Sunday.
While McKenzie interviewed Hamilton, who left Stanford for the Colts job in 2013, owner Mark Davis reportedly interviewed long-time NFL head coach Mike Shanahan about the prospect of becoming the Raiders next coach.
Hamilton has been the Colts offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He spent three seasons with Stanford as its offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks, wide receivers coach from 2010-12, when he worked under Jim Harbaugh and then David Shaw.
Hamilton also coached seven years in the NFL with the Jets (2003-05), 49ers (2006) and Chicago Bears (2007-09).
Hamilton also has received interest from other teams with head coaching vacancies, including the Buffalo Bills.
By interviewing Hamilton, the Raiders fulfilled the requirement of the league’s so-called Rooney Rule, which mandates that teams with coaching vacancies interview at least one minority candidate.
The Raiders now are free to hire Hamilton or any other candidate as their head coach.
For now, Tony Sparano remains the coach. He replaced Dennis Allen four games into last season after the Raiders started 0-4. Sparano has said that he wants the full-time job “very, very badly.” He said that he expected to interview at some point.
The Raiders already have interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in addition to Shanahan and Hamilton.

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  • PlunkforHOF

    Firstus

  • FourMoreYears

    Sorry, bad info earlier. THIS is the official Raider Nation theme song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f20Oz9Yr_So

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    LISTEN! Mark is not f’ing around!

    =)

    This is, easily, the most bad a$$ interview process this team has gone through in most of our lifetimes.

    It’s a small highlight, but nonetheless, a highlight.

  • FourMoreYears

    He hit me…and it felt like a kiss…

  • HELLSBELLS

    Just heard that they are going to interview Run Runs son.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Makes no sense if Mark isn’t in on an interview. I think you can discount the candidate Mark didn’t sit in on. Sure, RM could say, “This guy sounds good and I’ll set up a meeting with you, him, and me,” but by that time, the guy could be scooped up. So, I doubt Pep Hamilton is in the mix for a hc position.

  • FourMoreYears

    Remember kids: Our owner isn’t mean, he’s just adjusting.

  • BigBenRexor

    Produced by Ike Turner?

  • irjonny

    INTERVIEW:
    RM: ” So Pep, will you do me a favor and tell me what you think of Del Rio for our HC vacancy after the game next week?”
    Pep: ” Sure thing, thanks for the IHOP gift card “

  • Al_is_theraiders

    hiring scott mcloughan is the single most important thing mark can do right now….forget everything else. he can pick better players while drunk as opposed to shrek while sober…

  • Goldie7

    lol

  • FourMoreYears

    Remixed by Chris Brown.

  • _Mista_

    One more time….
    Shanahan?
    WTFF!!!!

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    perhaps, due to the number of guys they’re interviewing, and the limited time available with playoffs, they simply decided to split up the process after agreeing on the names. Or maybe Reggie is in charge of the Rooney one with Pep? =)

  • PlunkforHOF

    Pick the day our next head coach is introduced contest

    909RaiderLifer- Feb 3
    1960 Autumnwind- Jan 16
    Autumn Thunderstorm- January 5th day after Arizona is eliminated and Bowles is hired.
    Dakota – Feb 29
    Dan 78 – Jan 13
    Florida Pete – January 5th
    FourMoreYears – February 18
    IV Raider- January 9th
    JV. – January 12th
    maloso 62 Feb 14
    OldCharon – Feb 6th
    Orthodoxdj April 1st
    PlunkforHOF – Jan 19
    Plunkhead – Feb 8th
    Raiderfanmikep – Oct 15
    r8ercain – Jan 15
    r8rdiehard – Jan 23
    RaYdAFoELyPh – Mar 10
    RAY – NJ Jan. 9th
    Rick Worth Jan. 10.
    SaintKaufman – Jan. 27
    Scooboy-Jan 30
    The JFB – Jan 3rd
    tuckrulefool January 22
    WhateverSMH – Jan 7
    WILLY91137 January 11

    _______________________________________________
    Think that’s it. IF YOU WANT ON THE LIST— COPY, ADD YOUR NAME IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER AND REPOST. Jeez.

  • JV.

    @ProFootballZone: Report: Mike Shanahan prefers to coach the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick http://t.co/WVscsvqXFq

    That was quick.

  • FourMoreYears

    Ship has sailed. Why would he want the guy who built the Niner’s front seven when he could have the guy who built the Raiders front seven?

  • RaiderReloader

    and not too surpising

  • Al_is_theraiders

    thank God!

  • Al_is_theraiders
  • irjonny

    aww shucks lol

  • Raideraholic

    Yeah, he Knows if the Raiders hired him that fans would be screaming at him his 1st day on the field!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Has Earth passed into an alternate universe while I was coming home?
    Man, Shanahan?!

    There is one thing you can say about Shanahan and that’s he’s an experienced head coach.
    Won 170/Lost 138 for .552.

  • RaiderReloader

    ikr!

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    now, devil’s advocate here.

    If you WANTED to coach the 49ers, would you tell them this was your preference and drive DOWN your negotiation power and salary demands?

    Or would you keep your options open?

    just to offer the flip side.

  • _Mista_

    Cant copy on smart phone.

    August 1, 2015

  • Al_is_theraiders
  • JV.

    Most wouldn’t care or know who he is.. Especially out in Oakland.

    Only the “smart” fans.

  • PARaider

    So he left football due to alcohol issues? Not sure coming to Oakland would help that situation

  • M.Shorter
  • Morilla_00

    Who is Del Rio going to bring in for coordinators? I sure hope he leaves Knapp in Denver.

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    winner, winner chicken dinner!

    You take RGIII to the playoffs, you know some ish.

    Along with those shiny rings and all. Mark don’t care if Shanahan doesn’t let players sit on their helmets during practices, like Al was irked about. =)

  • RaiderReloader

    ya, for sure the winning and superbowl part is good, the hate between him and us would be one hell of a gap to close though lol

  • Al_is_theraiders

    again he could do better while drunk compared to shrek

  • FourMoreYears
  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Still, Mark doesn’t know enough football to do that. Even if RM and others gave him a list of questions, he’d not know the follow ups.

    This all sounds like PR to me and like perfunctory interviews, all but the Del Rio one.

  • HELLSBELLS

    909RaiderLifer- Feb 3
    1960 Autumnwind- Jan 16
    Autumn Thunderstorm- January 5th day after Arizona is eliminated and Bowles is hired.
    Dakota – Feb 29
    Dan 78 – Jan 13
    Florida Pete – January 5th HELLSBELLS April 1 Iv Raider- January 9th
    JV. – January 12th
    maloso 62 Feb 14
    OldCharon – Feb 6th
    Orthodoxdj April 1st
    PlunkforHOF – Jan 19
    Plunkhead – Feb 8th
    Raiderfanmikep – Oct 15
    r8ercain – Jan 15
    r8rdiehard – Jan 23
    RaYdAFoELyPh – Mar 10
    RAY – NJ Jan. 9th
    Rick Worth Jan. 10.
    SaintKaufman – Jan. 27
    Scooboy-Jan 30
    The JFB – Jan 3rd
    tuckrulefool January 22
    WhateverSMH – Jan 7
    WILLY91137

  • Goldie7

    Goldie7- February 3, 2015.

  • irjonny

    tough call, who knows. not even sure who the real candidates are right now

  • PARaider

    was referring to his personal situation. But I agree with your point

  • JV.

    @VicTafur: Lots of folks asking … No rule against team hiring a coach while that coordinator is still in playoffs with current team

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    scoreboard! =)

    Raiders 24,
    49ers….13

  • 504 Raider

    Me also: Jan 19

  • M.Shorter

    Bahahahaha

  • Morilla_00

    Teams usually don’t do it though out of respect for that team in the playoffs and the coach. Tends to be a bit of a distraction.

  • The Friendliest Alex7

    the SI story said Mark wanted to draft a WR (can’t remember if it was Calvin or Fitz) while Al laughed and told him you don’t draft WRs that high.

    Score one for Mark.

  • FourMoreYears

    “Man, I can’t wait until these playoffs are over so I can get to work coaching the Raiders!” – no coordinator.

  • RTF916

    I actually find the fact that Shanahan would even entertain the idea of interviewing with us to be encouraging.

  • Tony Its Time Sparano

    if Reggie interviewed Pep, I assume Pep wasn’t a serious candidate. Reggie will be fired in a few weeks, but HEY! rooney rule satisfied … Shanny? come on down !!

  • JV.

    Maybe del rio.