Linehan out of the picture in Oakland

January, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Reading between the lines is often an art form when it comes to trying to figure out what is happening in Oakland.

The 24 hours of the Scott Linehan Project makes the situation as blurry as ever.

Thursday, it surfaced that the former St. Louis head coach was coming to Oakland for an interview to be the team's offensive coordinator. Linehan was college teammates with Oakland interim coach Tom Cable at Idaho. So, it appeared that could be another sign that Cable would emerge as Al Davis' choice to be the full-time head coach.

But nearly as soon as Linehan emerged as a contender he now must be scratched off the list. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Linehan has taken the offensive coordinator's job in Detroit.

OK, now what?

Does that mean Cable may not be a lock? Why would Linehan take another job right as his interview was being set up?

Again, it's Oakland and there are no clear answers.

The intrigue continues. Now it appears that longtime NFL veteran coach Al Saunders could be a leading candidate for the offensive coordinator's job. Of course, the real news we await is who will be the new head coach. And after the short Linehan dance, we don't appear any closer to knowing the answer.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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