Report: Packers DC Capers on Raiders' coaching list


Report: Packers DC Capers on Raiders' coaching list

In the press conference Tuesday that introduced him as the new Raiders GM, Reggie McKenzie said he wanted his guy at the head coaching position, and that the search for that individual would begin immediately.

REWIND: McKenzie's coaching search 'will begin immediately'

McKenzie wasn't lying; two days later Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was added to their growing list of potential head coaches, according to a report by NFL Network.

Capers joins Winston Moss and Todd Bowles, who is reported to be interviewing with the Raiders Friday, as the publicized candidates.

REPORT: Raiders to interview Bowles

Capers would bring a strong legacy of experience to Oakland, having coached football in some capacity dating back to 1972. And he is no stranger to the Bay Area; his college coaching career made stops at San Jose State in 1977 then Cal from 1978-'79, each as the defensive backs coach.

His jump to the NFL came in 1986. Since then, Capers has had the dubious honor of being called upon twice to take over expansion programs in their first seasons of existence, the only two chances he's had at head coaching.

He led the brand-new Carolina Panthers to a 30-34 record from 1995-'98, highlighted by a playoff trip in '96. But he had less success with the next new team; he took control of the expansion Houston Texans in 2002 and left four seasons later with an 18-46 record.

Capers, 61, has since served with the Dolphins and Patriots and is coming off a championship season as the Packers defensive coordinator.

Teams are not permitted to interview Green Bay coaches until their season comes to a close, but McKenzie -- who served as the Packers director of football operations from 1994-2012 -- is expected to entertain a number of former colleagues for positions with the Raiders.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.