Rocky Mountain Raiders?

January, 16, 2012
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If you can’t beat them in a tiebreaker, join them?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Oakland Raiders will interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head-coaching opening.

It’s an interesting move by new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. His pursuit of McCoy and Allen show that McKenzie is willing to cast a wide net in his search. The former Green Bay executive is also expected to interview some Green Bay assistants. McKenzie has already interviewed former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles.

McCoy and Allen were part of Denver’s resurgence this season. The Broncos went to the playoffs after beating Oakland and San Diego for the division title in a tiebreaker. All three teams were 8-8. I’m sure both McCoy and Allen are legitimate candidates, but it will also give McKenzie a chance to pick the brains of his rivals.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ long search for a new head coach is reportedly leading them to Denver. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the Dolphins will interview McCoy this week. McCoy was set to interview in Jacksonville, but the Jaguars hired Mike Mularkey as coach before McCoy was interviewed. Allen interviewed in St. Louis before Jeff Fisher was hired.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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