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ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Raiders were committed to hiring their offensive staff before defensive staff.
The Raiders still don't have a defensive coordinator, but they apparently aren't sweating it. This makes a little sense since head man Jack Del Rio should be active on the defensive side of the ball, but doesn't change the fact that Oakland has already swung and missed on multiple defensive-coordinator candidates. Del Rio is going to have to be heavily involved. Feb 2 - 1:22 PM

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Louisville DC Todd Grantham has turned down the Raiders' defensive coordinator job.

It's somewhat embarrassing whenever an NFL team is turned down by an assistant coach at the college level. The Raiders made a two-year offer to Grantham, but he has a four-year deal at Louisville. It's possible Grantham wasn't offered full control over playcalling under defensive-minded Jack Del Rio. Del Rio may have to fall back on old pal Mike Smith to be his DC.
Jan 28 - 5:44 PM

The Raiders have offered Todd Grantham a two-year deal to become their defensive coordinator.

Grantham is considered the favorite for Oakland's DC job. He should join Jack Del Rio's staff after coordinating in the college ranks the last four seasons. It's possible Grantham wouldn't have full control over play-calling under defensive-minded Del Rio. Grantham led Louisville to a top-six defense in 2014.
Jan 28 - 4:49 PM

NBC Washington reports the Raiders are interested in Louisville DC Todd Grantham for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Dianna Marie Russini reports Grantham is the "favorite" for the job. New coach Jack Del Rio has had trouble interesting top talent in coordinating his defense. Perhaps it's because they believe Del Rio will operate as the team's de facto coordinator. Grantham has spent the past five years at the college level, but has plenty of NFL experience. He coordinated the Browns' defense from 2005-07.
Jan 26 - 1:21 PM

One source told Yahoo Sports' Jason Cole that Raiders owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie spoke to "confidants" this week about what to do with first-year head coach Dennis Allen.

Allen has done "little or nothing to inspire confidence" as a rookie coach, as his offensive coordinator hiring of Greg Knapp has proved an ill fit for Oakland's personnel, and Allen's defensive side of the ball has been the Raiders' biggest problem area. Cole seems to hint that Allen could be one-and-done in Oakland, although McKenzie and Davis are still weighing their options.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 04:24:00 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie gave rookie coach Dennis Allen a vote of confidence at a press conference Friday.

"I’m still pleased with Dennis," said McKenzie. "It’s like, I’m a rookie in this thing, Dennis is a rookie in this thing. So I’m sure he has some rookie mistakes but overall I’m happy with Dennis." The Raiders are 3-8 and have been disappointing even for a rebuilding team, playing especially on Allen's side of the ball. Allen was the Broncos' defensive coordinator last year.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 11:27:00 PM

Raiders hired Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator.

Tarver will work as second fiddle to defensive-minded head coach Dennis Allen, who has left the door open to run either a 4-3 defense or 3-4 in Oakland. Tarver ran a 3-4 at Stanford, which may hint at Allen's plans. Tarver, 37, worked last season as a co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Cardinal. He was the Raiders' pick over Packers CBs coach Joe Whitt Jr.
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 03:02:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Stanford DC Jason Tarver is under consideration for the same position with the Raiders.

Tarver just completed his first season at Stanford. Only 37 years old, he served in various different capacities as a 49ers assistant from 2001-10. Despite competing in the high-scoring Pac 12, Stanford ranked 23rd in points against in 2011, and 24th in yards allowed. Those totals ranked second and first, respectively, in the Pac 12.
Sat, Feb 4, 2012 05:22:00 PM

The Saints reportedly denied the Raiders permission to interview DL coach Bill Johnson for an assistant coach position.

New coach Dennis Allen wants to bring in coaches with whom he's worked. It's not clear if Johnson was viewed as a candidate for coordinator or a position coach. Interestingly enough, in-limbo Raiders DL coach Mike Waufle held the same position under new Saints DC Steve Spagnuolo with the Giants in 2007.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 11:13:00 AM

The Raiders have requested permission to interview Packers CBs coach Joe Whitt for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Raiders didn't hire Packers LBs coach Winston Moss as head coach like many suspected, but that doesn't mean they won't raid Reggie McKenzie's old team for one of the brightest young position coaches in the game. In Green Bay, Whitt has overseen the development of former undrafted free agents Tramon Williams and Sam Shields. Like new coach Dennis Allen, Whitt has a secondary-focused background and is very young (33 years old).
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 07:53:00 AM

The Cowboys reportedly denied the Raiders permission to interview special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis for an assistant head coaching position.

DeCamillis would have been a trusted voice for new coach Dennis Allen to lean on for game and player management. The two men worked together on the staff of Dan Reeves, DeCamillis' father-in-law, with the Falcons from 2002-2005. DeCamillis still hopes to becomes a head coach in the future.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 11:54:00 AM

The Raiders reportedly interviewed ex-Chargers DC Greg Manusky for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Chargers defense fell off after replacing Ron Rivera with Manusky while the 49ers defense surged to elite status after moving on from Manusky. According to the Union-Trib San Diego, "many in the organization, including several players, had been convinced for some time that hiring Manusky was a mistake."
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 05:35:00 PM

The Broncos have denied LBs coach Richard Smith permission to interview for the Raiders' defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Broncos won't be letting new Raiders coach Dennis Allen pillage his former staff. Smith was a candidate to replace Allen as the Broncos' defensive coordinator before Jack Del Rio was hired. ESPN.com reports former Chargers DC Greg Manusky and 49ers DBs coach Ed Donatell are potential candidates to run Allen's defense in Oakland.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 09:49:00 AM

Raiders hired former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach, signing him to a four-year contract.

The eighth Raiders head coach of the 21st century, Allen will also be the NFL's second youngest coach, and the first Raiders head man from a defensive background since John Madden. With just one year as an NFL coordinator and zero head-coaching experience, Allen arrives in Oakland as a bit of an open book, but oversaw a Broncos' defense that went from last in both yards against and points allowed in 2010 to 20th and 24th, respectively, this season. Allen will need to find a coordinator to inherit an offense that averaged 22.4 points and 379.5 yards per game in 2011.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 08:39:00 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie disputes reports that Dennis Allen has been offered the head coaching job, telling CSN Bay Area's Paul Gutierrez that it's "not a lock, irregardless of other people's reports."

McKenzie denies that he's already in negotiations with Allen, as was reported earlier. Allen does have a chance to jump-start those negotiations in his second interview with McKenzie Tuesday night, and the fate of the other candidates hinges on those talks. "He could [lock it up]," McKenzie said. "Depends. He's got a lot of stuff he needs to answer." McKenzie has already learned to negotiate through the media.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 04:01:00 PM