Raiders managing general partner Al Davis has received numerous calls from coaches, in and out of the NFL, seeking employment the past two-plus weeks.
Raiders managing general partner Al Davis has received numerous calls from coaches, in and out of the NFL, seeking employment the past two-plus weeks. However, he has yet to interview anyone for the head coaching position, a team official said Wednesday.
That includes Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson. Nonetheless, a person close to Davis said Jackson arrived at team headquarters in Alameda, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon and spent several hours interviewing for a position other than head coach, the job still held by Tom Cable.
According to another person familiar with the situation, Davis' history is that he doesn't interview head coaching candidates while the position is filled.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that Davis has interviewed former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and former 49ers and Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman about the prospect of replacing Cable.
"The reports that we've interviewed prospective head coaches are totally untrue, totally false," Raiders senior executive John Herrera said.
Trestman's agent told the Montreal Gazette that Trestman has not been contacted by the Raiders and that Trestman isn't looking to leave the Montreal Alouettes, whom he coached to the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup title last season.
Herrera said Cable and Davis have met at least once and had phone conversations "of substance and depth" since the season ended about the coach's future with the team. There is no word on whether they will meet again or when Davis will decide whether to retain Cable.
Herrera confirmed the Raiders have received calls from coaches seeking promotions or looking to get back into the NFL. He didn't confirm whether any of those calls came Jackson or former Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle.
NFL.com reported Tuesday that Waufle is scheduled to interview with the Raiders about the defensive line job held by Dwaine Board last season. Board remains under contract.
Herrera also said an ESPN.com report about Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh meeting with the Raiders and rejecting their overtures about replacing Cable is without merit.
Stanford athletic spokesman Jim Young declined to comment on the Raiders coaching situation, saying the university in general wouldn't discuss interest in Harbaugh for other jobs.
Young said Harbaugh is out of town recruiting. Harbaugh did not return a phone call, and his agent, Jack Bechta, did not return phone calls or e-mails.
Fassel said in a radio interview Wednesday that he has not been contacted by the Raiders.
"If a coach is in place, you don't start calling somebody and seeing if the job is open or not. Tom Cable is the coach," Fassel told Sirius XM radio.
Fassel said he follows the Raiders because of his son John's role as Raiders special teams coordinator.
"I'm not lobbying for any job," said Fassel, who was the Raiders quarterbacks coach in 1995. "I'm not lobbying for the Raider job. I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there's an opening. I never have. I'm in the same fraternity. Nobody's reached out to me."
Bay Area News Group staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this story.