There has been a great deal of speculation as to whom the Raiders will consider for their head coaching vacancy. Up until now, the only interview of which we were aware was of Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles. Now three additional candidates have emerged, one of whom reportedly has already interviewed for the job.
Monday Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Time Picayune reported that the Raiders received permission to speak to Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. The Saints coaches are now fair game after they were knocked out of the playoffs by the 49ers on Saturday.
It makes sense that Carmichael would be a hot commodity given the level at which the Saints offense has operated during his tenure. The Saints won the Super Bowl in his first season as the team's offensive coordinator. He was promoted from quarterbacks coach and is credited with the development of Drew Brees, whom he followed over from San Diego where Carmichael was the assistant wide receivers coach. He has coached in the NFL for 12 seasons.
The other two candidates the Raiders have asked to talk to are Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
Allen is also a former New Orleans Saint assistant from their Super Bowl winning team. He was their secondary coach. When John Fox was hired on to coach the Broncos this season, he hired Allen as his defensive coordinator. In just one season, the Broncos went from one of the worst defenses in the NFL to one of the best. Allen has been an NFL coach for ten seasons.
Mike McCoy is sought after as well at the moment. He is interviewing with the Miami Dolphins this week for their vacant head coaching position. McCoy is credited with accomplishing the difficult task of taking an offense designed for Kyle Orton and tailoring it to fit the talents of Tim Tebow. In the process he helped the Broncos get into the playoffs by winning the AFC West. Now every team wants to know how he did it and if he can do the same for them.
McCoy has coached in the NFL for 12 seasons. For the first nine seasons of his coaching career, he held several offensive positions. He joined the Broncos in 2009 as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Josh McDaniels and was retained as the offensive coordinator under John Fox.
There are several names that have been mentioned in conjunction with the Raiders' head coaching job. But thus far, these four are the only ones that are known to have either interviewed or been contacted by the Raiders.
With the Packers out of the playoffs after losing to the Giants on Sunday, one or more of their coaches are expected to be interviewed as well. But with the way this is going, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more unexpected names pop up before new GM Reggie McKenzie makes his choice.
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If the Raiders do not go after a big name guy, like Cower, then I hope that they select a coach like Pete Carmichael, who is geared towards offense. As much as we have invested in Carson Palmer, the Raiders owe it to themselves to get a coach that can relate to and understand his quarterback, and with the work Carmichael has done with Brees, to me, it would make perfect sense to sign him. I like Moss as well, but I question whether he would be as effective with Palmer as Carmichael would, and love him or hate him, Carson Palmer is going to be the starting Raider quarterback for the next (5) years and we need to gear this team around him and who would be the best coaching fit to bring out the best of his ability....
they are comparing bowles to mike tomlin around the league. it looks like 1 of the packers coach's will get it, but we need a good staff to go with him and time is not on our side cause teams are swooping up these coordinators. im anxious to see how this goes.
Crap, now Marty Mornhinweg is gonna be interviewed for the HC gig. Why all these lame duck candidates?
Why is Philbin such a hot coaching candidate? He doesn't call the plays in GB. If he did, then it'd make sense to me, but what does he do? Only game-plan?
Todd Bowles = Rooney Rule, I suspect. You know, more about giving a young coach interviewing experience, rather than anything else.
I see Bowles getting a coordinator position somewhere. He doesn't (yet) have the experience to compete with guys like Carmichael Junior. He's only been coaching in the league for 4 years, and hasn't even had a coordinator position yet.
For one I wouldn't say it's exciting. & 2 it seems all these guys are just a few notes for Mckenzie's notepad. He's just taking a lil info. From all these guys to continue building his repartee.... He has a plan, and I guarantee, none of the guys that are mentioned are on his "SHORT LIST" of Head Coaching Can. Time will tell where were headed, and hope Mckenzie is the real deal. We have the pieces to really comp. In the playoffs, but just not the experience, hopefully Mckenzie can find those missing pieces to take us where we want to be... And NEXT year!!! Not 3-5 yrs from now... R@iDeR-------
I'm glad to see McKenzie is really exploring all options for the HC position and so far I like the possibility of them all. They all seem to have made a name for themselves the past few seasons. The only one I have not been a fan of so far is the rumor of Dom Capers.
@Spartacus I would be ok with Carmichael for HC, if we can get a strong coaching staff to assist him as he'd be a rookie HC. I think rookie head coaches have a lot more success when they have an experienced coaching staff to help them.
I am not too fussed if the HC is more offense or defense minded. I just want a solid HC. In saying that I think a defense minded HC would be better. The offense has performed a lot better the last couple of years and should still perform decently next year regardless with a semi-decent OC, however the defense needs some major help!
Not a fan of Marty either. Like Capers I think he is just better suited for a cordinator role than a Head Coach.
@JarrodRollins At least I'm not the only one unimpressed with the people being brought in. I hope Reggie is just picking people's brains about our team before he brings his guys in. Marty has a 5-27 record as a head coach, I honestly think I could do that. It seems like every name that pops up is worse than the one before. The way this search is going I almost expect to hear Bren getting and interview right after the local highschool janitor.
@JarrodRollins I guess cuz he's been groomed by McCarthy. I'm not high on some of the names either, like the D-coordinator from Denver, that's Foxs system. Same with most head coaches that have their talents on D or O, their coordinators get a lot of hoopla when they're basically running it, although there are exceptions like Al Saunders in Hue's system.
I not so sure of that. Bowles seems to be a few teams eyes as a potential Head Coach, and if McKenzie was wanting to just fill the Rooney Rule he wouldn't be interviewing so many different candidates.
@JesseJames16 With the possible exception of a Rooney rule interview, McZ would not interview all these guys unless they were on the "SHORT LIST". That is exactly what it means to be on the "short list". Carmichael Jr is very high in demand. I "GUARANTEE" you he is on that "short list". As of today we can add another name: Joe Philbin, Packers OC.
Capers is a great coordinator, but lousy head coach. Sort of like Cam Cameron, Gregg Williams or Dick Lebeau.
To be a top HC, you need to be a leader, motivator, and have a cool head under pressure. That's what seperates guys like Mike Tomlin from Dick Lebeau.
You know, in theory Lebeau would be head coach and Tomlin DC in Pittsburgh. But that's not how it works
@nilbymouth I think my fave would be Moss HC, Nolan DC and Saunders OC.... I would like to have the experience at the coordinators if we have a rookie HC. If Saunders is kept, then I think that most of the coaching staff on offense could be kept. I think that defense will be all-new. I'd like to get Jim Tomsula from the Niners or Clarence Brooks from the Ravens as DL coach. Keeping Woodson would be nice for the DBs. Maybe Dean Pees as LBer coach from the Ravens.
@Raidah I don't want anyone from Denver, Mornhinweg, or Tice....
@nilbymouth I'd have to agree with that. I dont like the theory of 'the Packers are world Champs so let's raid their Coaching staff'. Smacks of desperation.
@ChristopherMooney@nilbymouth Nolan would be good, but I doubt he would leave Phin's DC job to come to another DC job. Also I don't think they would let us talk to him. I am assuming he is still the Dolphins DC. I could be wrong but teams only have to allow contracted coordinators to speak with rivals if it is for a HC position...
The most intriguing name on this list is Allen, for me. The Broncos defence is what really got them to the playoffs and kept them in games so Teebow could get ESPN and NFL network excited for the last 4 minutes of a game.
He would also know the ins and outs of the Broncos offence as well as the rest of the AFC West. The others I am not so fussed about...
@DylanAlexander@ChristopherMooney@nilbymouth Nolan has been confirmed as DC for Falcons! Good hire for them... We need to get the HC sorted quickly. Now Caldwell has been fired the top job in the NFL will be in Indy... so we got to act quickly or wait.... If we wait then more and more of the better coordinators will be hired and we'll be left... with CHUCKY agggh
@ukraider78 @ChristopherMooney @nilbymouth Does anyone know if Allen has ever run a 3-4? Its just my opinion but I think Reggie wants to run the 3-4. I'm curious if he will keep our vertical passing scheme or want to go west coast. I think our offense is a few linemen away from being a juggernaut. Power run and vertical passing is what we are built to do. We were a top 10 maybe even top 5 if McFadden stayed healthy. Let's implement the new NFL caliber D ( Bren go back to the CFL ) and keep Saunders to run the O. We will win the division and make the playoffs.