The Raiders are on the verge of making Jack Del Rio the 21st head coach in franchise history, according to an ESPN report.
Del Rio met with Raiders owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie and Hall of Fame coach John Madden for more than four hours Tuesday in a second interview.
The interview, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, went well enough that the Raiders are expected to announce Del Rio as their next head coach. An announcement could come Wednesday.
Del Rio, 51, gets the job over interim coach Tony Sparano, who was a popular choice among team members and who openly campaigned for the job following the regular season.
The head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 through 2011, Del Rio was a three-sport star athlete at Hayward High who grew up a Raiders fan.
The Jaguars were 68-71 with Del Rio as head coach with wild card playoff appearances in 2005 and 2007. He was fired with a 3-8 record in 2011 and hired the next season as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos had the NFL’s third-ranked defense in 2014. The Broncos and coach John Fox agreed to part ways Monday, and vice president John Elway said Del Rio was a candidate to become the Denver coach, although no interview had been scheduled.
According to the ESPN report, Madden signed off on Del Rio’s hiring.