Raiders' Davis to begin coaching search soon

January 8, 2011, 1:25 am
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Raiderssenior executive John Herrera said this afternoon that owner Al Daviswas conducting normal staff evaluations as we speak and that theteams coaching search will begin in earnest shortly thereafter.This is standard procedure for this time of year, Herrera said. Alstill doesnt accept finishing third in a four-team division.Hence Davis reaction If thats the world you live in. afterSundays season-ending victory at Kansas City when asked if finishing8-8 was a good thing. And his declining to pick up Tom Cablestwo-year, 5-million option to return as coach, an announcement madeTuesday evening. Still, the Raiders mark ended a record string ofseven straight seasons with at least 11 losses. And despite going 6-0in the AFC West, Oakland finished third, behind Kansas City and SanDiego.Heart-wrenching losses at Arizona, San Francisco and Jacksonvilleangered Davis, especially the strange game management against theJaguars.Fans expecting a quick announcement of offensive coordinator HueJackson as the next coach might be in for a long wait. It took Davis 28days to officially name Bill Callahan after the trade of Jon Gruden toTampa Bay in 2002, 39 days to remove the interim tag from Cable in2009. Both moves were just as expected as is the elevation of Jackson.