Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator in Denver, reportedly is interested in Green Bay cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt to run Oakland's defense.
The NFL Network reported Wednesday night that the Raiders requested permission from the Packers to interview Whitt about their defensive coordinator job, according to a league source said.
Whitt, 33, joined Green Bay's staff in 2008. He was a walk-on wide receiver at Auburn before a series of operations ended his playing career.
His father, Joe Sr., became the first African-American assistant at Auburn in 1981 when he joined Pat Dye's staff. He spent 25 years coaching linebackers, the defensive line and as assistant head coach.
Asked by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this season to describe this coaching style, Whitt did not hesitate.
"Blunt. Very blunt," he said. "There's no gray area."
At 32, Whitt was the third-youngest secondary coach in the NFL in 2011.
Veteran defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who spent last season in San Diego and the previous four as 49ers defensive coordinator, was hired as the new defensive coordinator in Indianapolis. Manusky interviewed with the Raiders for the defensive coordinator's job this week.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.