Last week, after the media conference that introduced Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' first new general manager since Al Davis in 1963, Mark Davis told me he had seen McKenzie's "short list" for new coaching candidates.
Davis then chuckled.
Because while he was not going to give up any names on said list, Davis did say he did not think McKenzie was simply going to raid his old Green Bay stomping grounds for coaches to replace the fired Hue Jackson.
Apparently not. So add three more names to the Raiders' potential coaching candidate hat -- both Denver coordinators in Mike McCoy (offense) and Dennis Allen (defense) and New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.And while ESPN reported the names, it also claimed that Carmichael had already interviewed for the job this past Friday, when the Saints were in the Bay Area for their playoff game against the 49ers. Thing is, that would have been against NFL protocol as coaches cannot interview for another job until their current team's season is over.So did the Raiders' McKenzie already commit a faux pas in his first week on the job?Not according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which quoted Saints general manager Mickey Loomis as saying the interview did not happen but added that the Saints had indeed granted the Raiders permission to interview Carmichael.That brings the number to eight for names linked to the Raiders' vacancy, along with a bevy of Packers assistants in clubhouse leader Winston Moss (assistant head coachinside linebackers), Dom Capers (defensive coordinator), Darren Perry (secondarysafeties) and Joe Philbin (offensive coordinator), as well as former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.