Familar Face Enters Raiders' Coaching Search

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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Familar Face Enters Raiders' Coaching Search

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Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan of the Oakland Raiders is getting ready to leave Oakland.

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Remember Rob Ryan? Lane Kiffin sure does.

The former Raiders assistant coach who was once fired by the former Raider's head coach, only to be re-hired by the Raiders current owner is reportedly a candidate to return to the Bay Area and become the team's head coach.

Ryan, the brother of the equally colorful head coach of the New York Jets, has openly clamored for the Raiders head coaching job for years.

Last January he told the USA Today that he would be interested in becoming the Raiders' head coach if only the pesky Tom Cable would go away.

Mr. Al Davis took care of that problem last week and now there are reports that Ryan could be a candidate to become the next head guy of the team.

But the San Francisco Chronicle says the job is offensive coordinator's Hue Jackson's to lose and Ryan is simply being interviewed to return to Oakland as an assistant coach.

The Raiders have already let go of John Marshall, who was the team's defensive coordinator last season. Ryan was with the Raiders from 2004 to 2008.

Last season he was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

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