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Monday, January 23, 2012
Raiders bypass Mike Tice for interview

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders' coaching search is taking a turn.

The Bears’ website reports that the Raiders have decided not to interview Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice for their head-coaching job. It reports the Raiders are concentrating on a second interview with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. It is not known if anyone else will get a second interview. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may be a favorite.

This news signals the Raiders want to wrap up the process and it likely means new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie believes he has already talked to the man he wants to hire.

If Allen does get the job, Denver will be looking for its seventh defensive coordinator in seven years.

In other AFC West news:

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports former Panthers secondary coach Ron Meeks is expected to be hired for the same job with the Chargers. Meanwhile, Chargers special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia is no longer in the mix for the same job with the Tennessee Volunteers. That’s a good thing for the Chargers. Their special-teams play improved under Bisaccia in 2011.

The Bears announced Chiefs college scouting director Phil Emery is one of two finalists for their general manager job. There was a report earlier Monday that said he has been offered the job, but the Bears denied it.