Oakland assistant jumps to Denver

January, 20, 2009
1/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Don Martindale went from a potential head-coaching candidate in Oakland during the weekend to taking a job with the rival Denver Broncos. He has accepted a position on the defensive staff.

Martindale was said to be fiercely loyal to Raiders owner Al Davis. This could certainly challenge that relationship. Martindale interviewed with Oakland for several hours. ESPN's Michael Smith reported that it was for the head coaching job. The Raiders denied it was for that job. Sources said Martindale was frustrated by that development. He was in Denver to interview with new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels last week. Martindale decided to take the job Tuesday afternoon.

The hiring of Martindale completes the Broncos' defensive staff. He joins defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely. He left the Chargers on Monday. Ed Donatell joined the staff last week. He was Denver's secondary coach during its Super Bowl run last decade.

Tuesday afternoon, Denver announced the hiring of Nunnely, Donatell, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, special teams coach Mike Priefer and receivers coach Adam Gase. All of those hires were made in the past several days, Martindale's hiring wasn't announced.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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