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ESPN: Raiders will hire Del Rio as head coach

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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.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • DJ Johnny

    To be fair, if you go on a Steelers blog or a Bears blog…or whatever…you’re gonna see the same thing but even worse.

  • RaYdAFoELyPh

    With Mark searching for VP of operations and getting del rio….

    MARK IS A DAVIS and the end of reggie is coming sooner or later as the vp might want their guy.. adios reggie

  • william banks

    I doubt the end of Reggie is coming especially if he pulls an A on our 2015 draft.

  • JB

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  • DJ Johnny

    You’d think Olson would get sick of working on teams that can’t win more than 5 games.

  • william banks

    Not if they’re paying you well enough.

  • FJTBONE

    After three years of cutting the fat, not adding a great deal of splash, adding one or two good players (but not the majority of a roster), and a couple of horrible QB decisions (prior to Derek Carr), continually pouring bad money at oft-injured running backs, bringing in a totally overmatched coach (D.A.) and having the team go through three miserable seasons), Reggie would have a hard time justifying his job for any other owner. If I were the owner (I know I’m not), I would’ve brought in a new GM – a proven football guy – and let that guy put it all together. As far as the Del Rio hire is concerned, I’ll just say this: Dan Snyder grew up as a Redskins fan, then when he took over the team – how’d that work out?!!

  • Stabler

    Or vice versa.

  • FJTBONE

    If you want to bring in a slam-dunk as VP of football operations, I have just two words for you: AMY TRASK

  • centered

    I know one thing about Jack Del Rio – He is a no ‘crap’ guy. Not here to be “buddies” with his players. What does Jimmy Johnson, Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, the Bears Mike Ditka and Don Shula have in common? They ALL said these exact words when they became coach: “Most of you are not going to be here this time next year.” Fire Reggie ~ and let’s get it on.

  • The Stork

    Once we ink Del Rio, time to finally get a new park in the “O”, one that we can rock for the next 50 years, one that is as bad a$$ as the fan base that fills it!