Assessing Raiders coaching candidates through seven interviews and one reported assistant coach of interest still involved in the postseason:
Current job: Raiders interim head coach
Head coaching experience: Raiders, 2014, Miami Dolphins 2008-11
Appeal: Is lone candidate who has met with owner Mark Davis, general manager and general manager Reggie McKenzie. Has better handle on roster than anyone else from working on the inside.
Downside: Although has a strong relationship with Davis, the fact that Sparano is still sitting and waiting means Davis still has some concerns about that 3-9 record and the margin of defeat in the last three road losses.
JACK DEL RIO
Current job: Denver Broncos defensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Jacksonville Jaguars 2003-11.
Appeal: Scheduled to be in town Tuesday for a full-on interview with Davis, McKenzie and possibly John Madden. Del Rio was 68-71 and made the playoffs twice in Jacksonivlle. The Jags are 11-42 since he was fired in 2011.
Downside: Problems in Jacksonville included issues with quarterbacks Byron Leftwich, David Garrard and finally Blaine Gabbert and failing running through assistant coaches like a chainsaw.
Current job: Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Cleveland Browns 2008-11.
Appeal: Would come in with a mandate to energize one of the NFL’s most stagnant offense with experience in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo system in Philadelphia.
Downside: Offensive system doesn’t match up with general manager Reggie McKenzie’s vision of the Raiders as a ground and pound team that plays to its defense.
Current job: Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: None.
Appeal: Another excellent display by Russell Wilson in playoff opener has only enhanced Bevell’s reputation for putting quarterbacks in the best position to succeed.
Downside: So far has spoken only to McKenzie and Seahawks have the look of being a Super Bowl team again.
Current job: Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: None.
Appeal: History suggests the Raiders had success in 1998 by taking a young, promising offensive mind in Jon Gruden and allowing him to energize a struggling franchise.
Downside: Had Andrew Luck on his side at Stanford and with Indianapolis Colts, which could mask deficiencies.
Current job: Unemployed.
Head coaching experience: Los Angeles Raiders 1988-89, Denver Broncos 1995-2008, Washington Redskins 2010-13
Appeal: Experienced offensive coach who knows how to implement his system and accurately gauge the weakness of an opponent.
Downside: Did his best work in the 1990s with 49ers (as offensive coordinator) and Broncos and is used to the kind of roster control he probably won’t have under Reggie McKenzie.
Current job: 49ers tight ends coach
Head coaching experience: New York Jets 2006-08, Cleveland Browns 2009-10.
Appeal: Has learned the hard way with the Jets and Browns and presumably has a plan in place to make the third time a charm.
Downside: Considered a bit of a control freak and not the kind of personality which would necessarily mesh with returning veterans.
Current job: Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator.
Head coaching experience: St. Louis Rams 2006-08.
Appeal: Once upon a time, Al Davis had his eye on Linehan as a play-caller. Work he did with run-first Cowboys offense is exactly what McKenzie has in mind.
Downside: Although there was rumored interest, no word of an interview as yet while Del Rio and Sparano appear to be heading down the stretch neck and neck.