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INDIANAPOLIS -- Jack Del Rio’s second interview to become Raiders head coach lasted more than seven hours. Discussion flowed through a wide range of topics, from short-term goals to his long-term vision.
Del Rio spent significant time selling himself, but he had a few questions of his own.
One of them was about relocation.
The Raiders have no ties to the East Bay beyond this season – a short-term lease with O.co Coliseum should be ratified in the near future – and there’s plenty of talk that they’ll leave for greener pastures.
Del Rio is from the East Bay, and obviously wants to stay at home. He asked owner Mark Davis about that prospect before taking the head-coaching job, and was satisfied with the answer.
“I asked point blank Mark Davis what his thoughts were on the potential for relocation,” Del Rio said. “He indicated to me that it’s his desire to keep the team in Oakland, and that they’re working hard to do that. That’s his commitment to look at it that way.
“I’m from the Bay Area. Obviously, I can coach anywhere, but I’m from there and it will be great to keep them right there.”
Davis remains committed to building a new NFL-only stadium that would keep the Raiders in Oakland, but there is nothing legally binding him to the market.
He decided to upgrade the team facility despite that fact, installing new practice fields, an expanded weight room and a steam room. An antiquated locker room will also be renovated in time.
Del Rio considers that a good sign for the future of the franchise and a sign the Raiders might stay.
“The organization is committing significant capital to upgrading facilities where we are now,” Del Rio said. “That’s a good thing.”
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