Is Oakland Payton's place?

If Monday is any indication, Dallas assistant Sean Payton could be the next Oakland Raiders head coach.

Payton interviewed for a second time with the Raiders Monday. The Raiders were also rumored to be interested in Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who opted to stay with the Chiefs. All four coaches are free to pursue other jobs now that their teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who is currently preparing for the Super Bowl matchup against Carolina, could possibly surface as a candidate.

Payton, however, appears to have the inside track. When or if Payton is the next Raiders head coach remains to be seen.

Fellow Dallas assistant Maurice Carthon also interviewed for the vacancy. Dennis Green and Greg Knapp interviewed before taking jobs with Arizona (head coach) and Atlanta (offensive coordinator). Saunders was the first known candidate. He interviewed via phone since the Chiefs were preparing for the playoffs. Saunders turned down the University of Nebraska head-coaching job, which dismissed Raiders head coach Bill Callahan took.

Saunders is rumored to be the heir apparent for current Kansas City head coach Dick Vermeil when he retires.


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