When the Oakland Raiders fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp at the end of the year, general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen began the search for their future offensive coordinator. Knapp called the plays that resulted in a very disappointing Raiders offensive season and now the new hire will be responsible to get the most out of the Raiders offensive talent.
“The entire gamut, not only philosophy, but particulars of how do you use certain players, not just scheme,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said of what he is looking for in the next offensive coordinator. “It’s about the players, it’s about situations. It’s the entire gamut. To me, it’s not about scheming. People get so tied up in scheme; it’s how you use your players and how you execute.”
McKenzie admitted the the team talked to former San Diego head coach Norv Turner about the open offensive coordinator job, but Turner has since accepted the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position. The team has also reportedly interviewed former "Greatest Show on Turf" innovator Mike Martz. McKenzie also expressed interest in new Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman.
“Yeah, right from the beginning when stuff started to hit the fan, we talked to Norv Turner,” McKenzie said. “We talked to all of them. We talked to a lot of guys, but we’re winding it down now to a couple of guys and we’ll see.”
Now that all eight teams that fired head coaches this year have found their new leader, the pool of potential candidates for the Raiders has dwindled. It also allows the team to focus their attentions on their list of candidates, knowing which guys are off the table.
“It’s like free agency,” McKenzie said. “You wish that you could get certain guys, but sometimes you don’t always get certain guys, but you’ve got a list that you feel good about and that’s where we are now.”
As far as timing for the new hire is concerned, the Raiders are getting closer to making their selection.
“I don’t want to give a timeline,” McKenzie said. “But we are in the process; things are going pretty well the last couple of days so we’ll see how it goes.”
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