Jack Del Rio doesn’t have much time to celebrate being named Raiders head coach. He’s been working his vast NFL coaching connections trying to build a solid staff of assistants to help get the franchise he grew up rooting for back to prominence.
Finding quality coordinators, it seems, would be his first order of business. He’s been reportedly linked to a pair of recent head coaches who would draw raves if they were brought in as coordinators.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Del Rio has been recruiting Bears head coach Marc Trestman to be his offensive coordinator in Oakland. Trestman occupied that post from 2001-03, including when the team reached the Super Bowl.
The other connection is to recently-fired Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who would become the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. Smith worked under Del Rio in that capacity from 2003-07 in Jacksonville.
There are links between Del Rio and the aforementioned coaches, and it is believed that those men among Del Rio’s top candidates. That’s no guarantee.
There should be competition for Trestman, who interviewed with Cleveland on Wednesday. He’s also expected to draw interest from the 49ers.
Smith has laid low since being fired, but could end up in Oakland.
Time will tell who Del Rio can bring in. One thing that’s certain is he’s already working to cement a good staff during a time when coaching staffs are starting to fill out.
More notes regarding Raiders old/prospective assistants:
-- The Raiders would like to keep quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, but that may not be easy. He’s interviewing to be the Browns offensive coordinator on Friday. According to NFL Network, the Browns wouldn’t mind keeping him as quarterbacks coach.
-- Per NFL Network, the Raiders asked to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice for a similar position in Oakland, but the Falcons denied the request despite not having a head coach. Teams don’t have to grant permission to another team for an equal position.
-- Offensive coordinator Greg Olson will interview this for a similar post with the Jacksonville Jaguars.