Thursday, January 17, 2013
Oakland has O-coordinator options
By Bill Williamson
I’m sure it had to bother Oakland Raiders fans to see AFC West-rival Denver fill its offensive coordinator job less than 48 hours after it opened. Oakland’s search has been ongoing now for 17 days with no end in sight.
But Denver’s decision to promote quarterbacks coach Adam Gase to offensive coordinator instead of going outside of the organization could benefit the Raiders. There seem to be more offensive coordinators than open jobs at this point.
Among the available candidates include Ken Whisenhunt, Pat Shurmur, Chan Gailey, Cam Cameron, Mike Mularkey, Marty Mornhinweg and Mike Tice.
Oakland has already considered Mike Martz, Greg Olson and in-house candidate Al Saunders. Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton could also be a candidate. He is well-regarded and has NFL experience. Oakland coach Dennis Allen tabbed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver out of the nearby school last year.
Yes, the process is slow, but there is no real timetable. Sure, the Oakland staff is coaching in the Senior Bowl next week, but it doesn’t need an offensive coordinator in place for that game. The Raiders would get by with its current staff if need be. The Senior Bowl is traditionally a prime opportunity to interview for coaches, so perhaps Allen will find his new offensive coordinator there. Allen also needs a special-teams coach, offensive line coach and a linebackers coach.
So, even though the process has been slow, there is no shortage of potential candidates in Oakland.
In other AFC West news:
- As long expected, the Browns hired former San Diego coach Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He is reuniting with former San Diego assistant Rob Chudzinski, who is now Cleveland’s head coach. Turner’s son, Scott, is the Browns’ wide receivers coach.
- Former Kansas City special-teams coach Tom McMahon has been hired for the same job with the Colts.