Mike Holmgren Met With Oakland Raiders About Vacant Coaching Position

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 | 0



The Oakland Raiders fell to 0-4 on the season after a Week 4 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London and promptly fired head coach Dennis Allen, who had been on the hot seat for quite some time with an 8-28 record over just over two years as the team’s coach.

Former Dolphins head coach and current Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano was brought on as interim head coach, but Oakland was clearly on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Allen. They were rumored to be talking with former coach Jon Gruden, who fields several offers each year while serving an announcer on Monday Night Football.

However, the team has apparently been talking with another head coach who had massive success in the past. Speaking with Mitch Levy of Seattle’s Mitch In the Morning show (via ProFootballTalk.com), Holmgren confirmed that he had indeed talked with the Raiders’ owner Mark Davis about possibly coaching for them someday:

“Yeah, I did go down there. A couple of years ago, I had met with [owner] Mark [Davis] about possibly working with the Raiders, and it didn’t work out. . . .  And [G.M.] Reggie McKenzie did work with me in Green Bay for many, many years.  So I do have a relationship with him, those are all true. 

So they phoned me up, I went down there for a day and looked at some film.  They had the bye after the London game.  And just to float some ideas, and get another opinion of the team and what was going on.  No jobs were discussed.  Nothing like that, it was more just a pop in and pop out, and that’s what I did.”

It sounds like quite the informal meeting with Oakland, but the Raiders could certainly do much worse than the Super Bowl champion Holmgren, who has been out of coaching for years now. While he believes he most likely won’t come back to coach the Raiders, it doesn’t mean that he’s going to close the door on a return to the sidelines:

“Probably not.  Probably not. Every once in a while, you get a phone call or some little itch there. And I don’t know if that’ll ever go away.”

So the Raiders search for a coach continues, and it looks like they’re trying to talk some big names from the past out of retirement. But that strategy means that the candidates will come with a high price tag and certainly no guarantee of success.

Who will step in to take on the tall task of cleaning up the mess that is Oakland’s franchise right now?

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