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Oakland Raiders Notes, Quotes 2009-01-30

Oakland Raiders Notes, Quotes 2009-01-30
--Dwaine Board was hired as the Raiders' defensive line coach. He served in the same capacity for Seattle from 2005-07, but was not retained by new Seahawks coach Jim Mora.

--A year ago, one of the early indications of the Al Davis-Lane Kiffin rift came from the hiring of James Lofton as wide receivers coach.

Lofton, who had twice interviewed for the Raiders head-coaching job, had been fired by Norv Turner in San Diego.

In Kiffin's first year, the wide receivers coach was Charles Coe. Following his ill-fated attempt to oust defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Kiffin returned from the scouting combine in Year 2 with a request to interview Lofton.

Kiffin carried out the request, only to find out from a third party not associated with the franchise that Lofton was on his staff.

Now Lofton is gone, with quality control coach Sanjay Lal slated as the replacement.

Coe was assigned to the personnel department to fill out his contract. The same option may be available for Lofton, if he chooses to accept.

--Whether it was the Raiders' historical indifference to special teams, or the fact that the coach involved had seen enough, it appears Brian Schneider's two-year tenure with the franchise is at an end.

Schneider's 2008 special teams units were the best the Raiders have seen since they returned to Oakland in 1995, with only a couple of exceptions in which field position was at a disadvantage.

The Raiders have had Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski since 2000, but the support they had was the best since they arrived.

According to one source, Schneider hadn't closed out the Raiders after his contract expired, but the club made no serious offer to keep him. In the meantime, Schneider interviewed with Jacksonville and Seattle, was also being courted by Kiffin at the University of Tennessee, and was reportedly ready to sign as an assistant at USC.

USC also hired Mark Jackson, hired by the Raiders at Kiffin's behest to serve as an administrator.

--A day after Tom Cable interviewed for four hours with the Raiders to remove the interim label from his title, his father, Thomas Lee Cable Sr., passed away in Everett, Wash., at age 68.

Cable, while awaiting word of his fate with the Raiders, was to attend a memorial service for his father in Washington.

While this was going on, the contract of Cable, as well as all other Raiders assistants, expired Jan. 13. At the Raiders' season-ending press conference, Cable sounded as if he was open to the idea of returning as an assistant rather than the head coach, but after his contract expired, was open to the highest bidder.

--The San Francisco Chronicle reported that linebackers coach Don Martindale, who was promoted to defensive coordinator to replace Rob Ryan, interviewed with owner Al Davis on Jan. 17 for the head coaching job. Martindale, 45, has been with the team for the past five years.

--Would Davis consider another "Boy Wonder?"

The Rocky Mountain News reported the Raiders had requested permission to talk to Broncos coach Jeremy Bates. Bates, 32, was the Denver play-caller last year and worked closely with Jay Cutler.

Bates has worked with both Mike Shanahan in Denver and Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay, meaning he's probably heard plenty of Davis stories.

With new Denver coach Josh McDaniels planning on being the Broncos' play-caller, Bates could be sought as an assistant coach.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "As a former player, having a chance to come up and lead a football team as a head coach or in whatever capacity Mr. Davis feels would help the team, I would be interested." -- Packers assistant Winston Moss, hinting his interview with Oakland could extend beyond the position of "head coach."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 30, 2009

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