Raiders still looking after being turned down

Ken Whisenhunt has told the Oakland Raiders that he is not interested in their vacant head coach position and will return to Pittsburgh for the 2006 season. He is just one of several that have told owner Al Davis that his interest lies elsewhere.

When the contract wasn't offered to him when he boarded a plane to head back to Steelertown, Whisenhunt still believed there would be a shot at a deal. His agent, Eric Metz, stayed behind but it was clear no common ground could be found.

On Thursday, Whisenhunt informed Davis of his decision to return to Pittsburgh.

The highly anticipated interview and potential courting process now over, the Raiders will look at several in house candidates and former Raider coach Art Shell. Current defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and quarterbacks coach John Shoop are also in the mix.

The feeling from outside the organization has been the lack of creative control in naming the staff has led Oakland down this path. Usually, a new head coach has the freedom to surround himself with coaches he is comfortable working with. In Oakland, that is not the case.

There are some who believe Jim Fassel, currently the offensive coordinator in Baltimore, will be the next to interview and he may actually take the job. That would be a first in what is becoming a comical attempt to hire a head coach.

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