September 28, 2023

Raiders ask to interview Broncos OC for coach job

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders search for a new head coach picked up steam on Monday as the team received permission to interview two Denver assistants and was also poised to talk to members of Green Bay’s staff.

With the Broncos and Packers eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend, new general manager Reggie McKenzie could begin moving quickly to fill the job that opened up when he fired Hue Jackson last week on his first day on the job.

McKenzie got permission from the Broncos to interview offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. McCoy also had an interview scheduled Monday for the job opening in Miami.

“I think it’s very complimentary to this organization that they’re having that opportunity and to their work,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “I think any assistant coach’s aspiration is to be a head coach. It speaks for what this organization has accomplished this season. Time will tell.”

McCoy spent nine years as an offensive assistant in Carolina before joining the Broncos as offensive coordinator in 2009. He has been in that role for three seasons and oversaw a midseason transformation of the offense as it evolved from a passing attack with Kyle Orton at quarterback to the read-option offense run by Tim Tebow.

Allen just finished his first year as defensive coordinator in Denver. He had previously been an assistant in Atlanta and New Orleans.

McKenzie started work with the Raiders last Tuesday. His first move was to fire Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season as head coach. McKenzie said at the time he wanted his own guy as head coach, leading to speculation that one of his former colleagues in Green Bay could get the job.

With the Packers having been eliminated from the playoffs Sunday with a 37-20 loss to the New York Giants, McKenzie will be able to start interviewing those assistant coaches soon. McKenzie had been director of football operations in Green Bay before taking the job with the Raiders.

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