The Oakland Raiders are going to be sitting with Jack Del Rio for the second time this offseason. The Raiders, who fired their head coach after Week 4 of the regular season, have interviewed a number of candidates including Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Darrell Bevell, Mike Shanahan, Jack Del Rio and interim head coach Tony Sparano.
Both Del Rio and Sparano have been considered the favorites. Now that Del Rio’s current employer, the Denver Broncos, are out of the playoffs, Oakland is looking to speak with Del Rio again.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) January 12, 2015
As Vic Tafur notes, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did not sit in on the first interview because he was busy interviewing Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton while Mark Davis sat with Del Rio. The second interview could be just for McKenzie to get his bite at the apple, but it is clearly also a sign the Raiders are interested. In fact, they have been interested ever since the first interview and didn’t waste any time after the Broncos lost on Sunday.
Raiders inquired with Broncos last week to see if they could interview Denver DC Jack Del Rio again, only to be told rules wouldn’t allow it — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2015
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2015
Many believed the Raiders could announce their head coaching hire as soon as today (Monday) but it looks as though Raiders fans will have to wait at least one more day, but probably not much longer than that.