Oakland Raiders Narrow Focus, Cancel Coaching Interviews

Chicago Bears coach says the Raiders have moved on in the search for a new head coach.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:51 AM PDT
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Raiders Cancel Mike Tice Interview

The Oakland Raiders are not interested in Mike Tice as the team's new head coach anymore.

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned.

Tice had been scheduled to meet with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But the Bears said Monday that interview won't take place because the Raiders have moved onto the "second phase" of their interview process.

The Raiders reportedly have decided to focus on the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McKenzie has been searching for a replacement for Hue Jackson, who was fired Jan. 10 after going 8-8 in his only season on the job. McKenzie fired Jackson on his first day on the job, saying he wanted his own man as head coach.

The Raiders have been tightlipped about the search, but McKenzie told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that a hiring could come this week. McKenzie is at the Senior Bowl scouting for the draft.

McKenzie has already interviewed Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job.

ESPN reported Monday that Allen would get a second interview, which is expected to be held this week at the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos finished 20th in the league in total defense this season and were 24th in the league in scoring defense at 24.4 points per game in his first year as coordinator in Denver.

Allen has been secondary coach the previous three seasons with the Broncos. He has also coached for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

The Raiders are searching for their seventh coach since 2003. Oakland has not been to the playoffs or had a winning record since playing in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season under coach Bill Callahan.
 

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