The Raiders met with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in an interview that stretched from Tuesday afternoon into the evening.
It was Del Rio’s second interview to be the Raiders’ head coach, but the first time general manager Reggie McKenzie regarding the team’s vacancy. Owner Mark Davis, advisor and former Raiders coach John Madden and other members of Raiders brass were also in on the meeting, which was conducted away from the team facility.
After that long session, no agreement was reached. That remained the case as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, according to sources, which pushed a two-week head-coaching search on to another day. It doesn't mean there won't be one in the near future. The delay makes some sense, considering Del Rio has not yet toured the team facility.
Sources indicated over the last several days that Del Rio was a strong favorite, but that interim head coach Tony Sparano remained in the mix. While the scales could continue to shift towards Del Rio in the morning hours, there are some hurdles left to clear before formal announcements are made.
Sparano spoke to Davis regularly this offseason, but he had a more formal interview on Jan. 7.
Sparano was at the Raiders facility on Tuesday, as he’s been quite often this offseason. He remains under contract and has gone about his business, as the team’s head coach.
The Raiders interviewed a total of seven people, and Del Rio was the first to come in for a second interview. He first interviewed on Jan. 4, and became available again after the Broncos lost to Indianapolis in the AFC’s divisional playoffs.