McKenzie's 'short list' growing by the day?

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McKenzie's 'short list' growing by the day?

So sold on who Mark Davis wanted for his general manager the Raiders owner acted quickly and decisively in hiring the first -- and only -- man he interviewed for the gig in Reggie McKenzie.The search for a new head coach by McKenzie, meanwhile, has been anything but quick and dirty.
Since McKenzie's introductory media conference on Jan. 10, at least 11 names have been linked to the job -- former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Tice, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg and, of course, a gaggle of Green Bay assistants in Winston Moss (assistant head coachinside linebackers), Dom Capers (defensive coordinator), Darren Perry (secondarysafeties), Joe Philbin (offensive coordinator) and Tom Clements (quarterbacks).RELATED: Bronco coordinators in the mix? Mornhinweg Tice Carmichael
And that's not including fan favorites and headliner names like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher.Last week, McKenzie said he had a "short list" but would not reveal any names on it "until absolutely needed."Fair enough, the Raiders have not publicized, confirmed or denied any of the named potential candidates, even as Bowles reportedly interviewed on Friday and McKenzie was reportedly set to interview McCoy and Allen in Denver on Wednesday.I asked McKenzie in last week's presser if he was on any sort of timeline to hire a head coach."I would like sooner than better," McKenzie said. "But if I have to wait, I'll wait. I'm going to work my tail off to hire the best coach, the best fit. And that's all that's going to matter right now. And that will start now. And however long it takes, that's how long it will take. But we want to get the right guy."You would think there'd be a sense of urgency involved with the search since the talent-rich Senior Bowl is next week in Mobile, Ala.And according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have winnowed their list to three finalists -- Bowles, Philbin and McCoy.

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

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Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"