Raiders to Interview Payton, Carthon

As the NFL coaching carosel continues to turn, the Dallas Cowboys must sit and watch. The Oakland Raiders have now moved into the picture, as owner Al Davis meets face-to-face with Sean Payton.

The Oakland Raiders will interview two Dallas Cowboys assistant coaches for their head coaching vacancy according to an and Associated Press report.

Oakland will interview Dallas assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Sean Payton and offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon for its head coaching vacancy.

The Raiders fired their previous coach, Bill Callahan, after a 4-12 season.

Payton was the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants under former coach Jim Fassel, before he had his play-calling responsibilities taken away during the 2002 season. He left after that year and joined Bill Parcells' staff in Dallas.

Carthon has even longer Parcells ties. He played for Parcells as a member of the New York Giants from 1985-90. He then joined Parcells' staff in New England in 1994 as an offensive assistant and then was the assistant head coach/running backs coach for Parcells' New York Jets from 1997-99. Carthon spent two seasons as the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator before joining the Cowboys last season.

Payton will be the third candidate to speak face-to-face with owner Al Davis. The Raiders interviewed Dennis Green before he took the job with the Arizona Cardinals and they also spoke to San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Knapp last week.

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