Multiple reports had the Raiders meeting with Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio Tuesday in a second interview for the head coaching job, but information regarding the meeting was nonexistent.
Del Rio, according to an ESPN report, flew to the Bay Area Monday night, but things appeared to be quiet throughout the day at the club facility and it’s possible some or all of the interview was conducted off-site.
The decision of the Denver Broncos to mutually part ways with coach John Fox added an extra level of intrigue to negotiations with the Raiders.
During the press conference explaining Fox’s departure, Broncos vice president John Elway confirmed that Del Rio, along with offensive coordinator Adam Gase, were candidates to be the Denver head coach.
“They are both candidates,” Elway said. “I’m not talking about interviewing anybody. We’re talking about candidates and whether they get interviewed or not, I’m not going to get into that right now.”
It was originally reported that all Denver assistants had been fired, while in reality they remain under contract. Elway said the coaches had not been released from their contracts, but were given the freedom to explore other job opportunities.
Del Rio and interim coach Tony Sparano are considered the finalists to be the Raiders head coach in 2015.
Sparano has been talking with owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie since the end of the season and recently had an interview with both men as well as Hall of Fame coach John Madden and other members of the Raiders front office.
As of Tuesday, Raiders assistant coaches were free to seek deals with other teams as their contracts have expired. The only coaches who remain under contract in 2015 are Sparano and special teams coordinator Bobby April.
It is not known whether the deal Sparano made when he became interim head coach Sept. 29 includes the opportunity to opt out of the contract should someone else be named head coach in 2015.
With the New York Jets reportedly hiring Todd Bowles Tuesday night, the Raiders, 49ers, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos are still in the market for a new head coach.