Interview day hits in Oakland

It has been 34 days since Norv Turner was fired from the Oakland Raiders. On Wednesday, the team is believed to be taking the last step in its search for a head coach when Ken Whisenhunt interviews for the vacant position.

Ken Whisenhunt, the Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was scheduled to fly out to Oakland late Tuesday in anticipation of his interview with Al Davis and top personnel man Michael Lombardo.

Whisenhunt is the top choice at this stage and the team has fallback plans that include former coach Art Shell and current defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Both had informal talks with Davis about the vacancy. Oakland quarterbacks coach John Shoop also spoke with Davis but it is not known to what extent he interviewed. Shoop has been courted by the Buffalo Bills in recent days to fill their open offensive coordinator position.

The Raiders have interviewed Al Saunders, James Lofton and Rod Marinelli, and had talks with former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz. Saunders decided to take a job running the Washington Redskins' offense and Marinelli was hired as Detroit Lions head coach. Martz took himself out of the running. Oakland also asked Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to interview but he declined, preferring to stay with San Diego.

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