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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Raiders, Greg Manusky talks heat up

By Bill Williamson

We heard Greg Manusky’s name connected with the Oakland Raiders' defensive coordinator job on Monday and passed it along.

Now, it has taken the next step. Fox Sports reports Manusky has interviewed for the job with new coach Dennis Allen.

Allen is moving fast to fill out his Oakland staff. He is reportedly bringing in Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Gregg Knapp. He was Oakland’s offensive coordinator in 2007-08, but Tom Cable stripped Knapp of his duties in 2008. Allen and Knapp worked together in Atlanta early last decade.

Fox Sports also reports Allen will retain running backs coach Kelly Skipper. The running backs are Oakland’s strength.

The Manusky hire could be looked with some skepticism. He was fired earlier this season as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson and Denver Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith were previously candidates. The Raiders were denied permission to talk to Smith and Johnson.