The past few weeks Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has been delaying a meeting with head coach Tom Cable to talk about his future with the team. Now we know why. Davis has been interviewing candidates for the already taken job for more than two weeks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two people on his interview list have been identified as former Giants coach Jim Fassel, who now coaches UFL champion Las Vegas, and former Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, the head coach of CFL champion Montreal.
Several sources, including one within the organization, believe Davis may re-interview 2009 candidates Kevin Gilbride, the Giants’ offensive coordinator, and Winston Moss, a Packers assistant head coach, if he hasn’t already.
If Davis has indeed made a decision on Cable, no one with the organization either knows or is talking about it. His inner circle is as small as it is airtight. If anyone knows Davis’ plans, they’re not saying.
Whoever the head coach is next season, Davis appears ready to assemble a supporting coaching staff. Former Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle will interview for a similar position with the Raiders, according to NFL.com.
There is also nothing new about Davis interviewing assistants and coordinators from around the league in January. As two team sources put it, Davis loves to “pick the minds” of coaches to see what they are doing and what they would do in Oakland.
Moss and Gilbride interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy last year. Gilbride is believed to be the finalist who lost out to Cable. Fassel reportedly wrote to Davis asking for the job, and interviewed for the position in 2007.
Just when you think this situation couldn’t get any weirder.
Forget for a minute that Tom Cable is still the head coach and lets assume Davis plans on hiring someone in the next few weeks. Instead of letting that person hire his own staff, he has gone about bringing in various position coaches that could have completely different philosophies from the new coach.
Like Buddy Nix mentioned yesterday, even the Raiders have people that want to be their head coach, but notice how all of the candidates are names that no other team is interested with.