Green, Raiders reportedly set to meet

The Oakland Raiders and Dennis Green are expected to meet possibly today or Tuesday regarding the Raiders head coaching position according to an ESPN.com report.

Green, who has also interviewed for the head coaching vacancies with the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins, has been out of coaching for two years. He has served as an ESPN analyst in that time. Green compiled a 97-62 record as the Minnesota Vikings head coach from 1992-2001.

Green and Raiders owner Al Davis are said to be good friends but most detractors say that Green would not be right for the job because he would likely command more power than Davis is willing to give. The other school of thought, however, is that Green has been out of coaching for two years and might be content asking for less power than he may have originally wanted.

The Raiders, who fired Bill Callahan Dec. 31, reportedly contacted Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders by phone. The Chiefs are preparing for their AFC Divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Oakland could be looking for replacements at other positions. Senior assistant Bruce Allen is expected to interview the general manager vacancy with the Redskins. Raiders player personnel director Mike Lombardi will reportedly interview for a similar position in Tampa Bay.

As for those who served under Callahan as assistants, quarterbacks coach Jim Harbaugh has already accepted the head-coaching job at the University of San Diego. According to a Sacramento Bee story in Monday's edition, offensive coordinator Marc Trestsman interviewed with Cornell University about its head coaching vacancy. The Raiders reportedly offered Trestsman an extension on his year-to-year contract but he declined.


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