It is hard to know which phase the Oakland Raiders are currently entering in the on going coaching search. With reports of Dennis Allen getting a second interview this week it would seem as if Reggie McKenzie is narrowing his list of candidates. Of course learning that Winston Moss had already interviewed over a week ago without any word leaking out it stands to reason that we have no idea what the thought process currently is.
That’s just fine. Nothing new for the Oakland Raiders to be more secretive than Russian diplomats at a White House fundraiser. That has been the standard for years now. Why should it change with McKenzie and Mark Davis running the show?
With Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy taking himself out of the running for the job after assuming he would be calling the shots in Miami, Denver’s defensive boss is now assumed to be the Oakland frontrunner. Again, how anyone can speculate who is the top candidate for the Raiders is beyond me.
Dennis Allen’s second interview means he’s at least got one leg up on Marty Mornhinweg…hopefully. Prior to the news of Allen’s second sit down there were those that saw Moron-weg as the top choice.
I’m of the belief that the Raiders will go with a defensive mind as they’re in dire need of a defensive overhaul. It would also be a move in stark contrast to what Al Davis normally did. That also seems to be the way things are gong with the Mark Davis regime. Not that he’s trying to the exact opposite of his father but I’m sure there is a desire for Mark – as it is with all men – to be his own person.
Eventually the Raiders will have to hire a head coach. That is the point of these interviews after all. Each day the supposed favorite has shifted from Moss to Mornhinweg and now Allen. Again, all of that is just guessing on behalf of those that break the news.
From the moment McKenzie got the GM gig the school of thought was that Moss had the inside track. We didn’t even know he had an interview last week so for all we know he could have already had his second as well. Perhaps McKenzie is just doing the interview process to show his due diligence knowing Moss is the man all along.
Or maybe McKenzie is just realizing how shallow the coaching well is these days. By firing Hue Jackson the message is clear that 8-8 is not good enough. So whoever gets the gig they’d better deliver a winning record or they could be better served just outright losing. The last two non-winning/losing coaches were canned in Oakland. So yes, Dennis Allen, even if you get the job and at best your Raiders were as good as your former Broncos then you’ll be back on the street too.