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Jets Block Raiders' Attempt to Poach Coach



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    ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18: New Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson pauses as he speaks to reporters during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Tom Cable. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Oakland Raiders are being told one of the team's top targets to become its new defensive coordinator is off limits.

    Fox Sports Jay Glazer reports that the New York Jets have denied the Raiders' request to interview Dennis Thurman, the team's defensive backs coach.

    Thurman has been in charge of one of the league's best backfields and many see him as a potential rising star in the league.

    The Raiders were reportedly interested in bringing Thurman on to run the team's defense.

    New head coach Hue Jacksonjust released last year's defensive coordinator John Marshall, along with offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett and assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan.

    Jackson does have other options for the defensive coordinator position. He has reportedly already interviewed former Raiders defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.