Since the commencement of the NFL offseason, the Raiders have shown interest in several candidates to fill their vacancy at head coach. Three of these candidates were interviewed and the residual had their names thrown out Steelers 43 Polamalu jersey
into the open. But in just the last week, two of the three coaches already interviewed by Oakland have been employed by other clubs. And, the already short list of names that had just been thrown up in the air has become even shorter.These names can officially be crossed from Oakland's laundry list of candidates:Al Saunders: On Thursday, the leading man to become Oakland's head coach became the leading man of the Redskins' offensive unit. Formerly the offensive mind behind the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs, Al Saunders was signed by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs to a three-year contract valued at just over $2 million a year. Oakland interviewed Saunders on Wednesday, January 11th and for the eight days in-between was thought to have been the leading candidate and preferred interviewee of both Al Davis and Michael Lombardi.Rod Marinelli: On Monday, the Raiders went defensive and interviewed another attractive candidate, Rod Marinelli. Marinelli, who had been the defensive line coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past ten seasons, was considered one of the most eye-catching assistants in the NFL. Apparently, he caught the eyes of Detroit Lions' president Matt Millen much quicker than that of anyone in Oakland-as he was selected over 11 other candidates and signed to a four-year contract on Thursday.Pat Hill: Although Pat Hill was never actually interviewed for the Oakland head coaching position, he was another candidate that had appeared to be at the top of Al Davis' list. Well卆nother name can be crossed off that list, as Hill agreed to a five-year contract extension with Fresno State through the 2010 season on Wednesday. Hill had given NFL teams a 10-day window in which he could be contacted and interviewed, however Oakland was unable to arrive at structured meeting time with him.Bobby Petrino: Recently, Bobby Petrino's name had been linked with the ' top vacancy. Nevertheless, Petrino followed the same lead as Pat Hill on Wednesday night-officially announcing that he intends to stay with the Louisville Cardinals for at least one more year. Petrino was reportedly in the Oakland area sometime around Tuesday or Wednesday to talk with the Raiders; however, it had not been officially confirmed by anyone within the organization. In any case, Bobby Petrino will not become the successor to Norv Turner.With Al Saunders, Rod Marinelli, Pat Hill, and Bobby Petrino officially crossed from the list of Steelers 43 Polamalu jersey
candidates in Oakland, only James Lofton's name is still to be had. As of now, the Buffalo Bills, , and Houston Texans are the only remaining teams still without a coach. However, the Texans have allegedly decided on Denver's offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who will likely be signed directly following the Broncos offseason run. This means that if Buffalo etches their coach's name in stone before Oakland, the Raiders will be the only team remaining in the NFL without a head coach. In 2004, Oakland was also the last organization to hire now-fired head coach Norv Turner.