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Raiders brass interviewed Mike Shanahan recently for their head-coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports on Monday morning. NBC Channel 4 in Washington, D.C. first reported the news.
It is a surprising turn, considering that Shanahan was fired by the Raiders in 1989, just four games into his second season as head coach. The relationship between the team and Shanahan seemed to be permanently fractured, but his interview suggests that owner Mark Davis is mending broken fences.
Shanahan reportedly met with Davis and other Raiders officials in recent days. Shanahan has also interviewed with the 49ers and Buffalo Bills.
Shanahan made more prolonged head coaching stops after his brief stint with the Raiders. He won two Super Bowls while leading the Denver Broncos from 1995-2008 and he coached at Washington from 2010-2013.
Shanahan adds another experienced name to a growing list of candidates. In addition to Shanahan, the Raiders have interviewed Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
They have formally requested to speak with Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles but, as of Monday morning, hadn’t interviewed either candidate. Bowles’ Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason on Saturday, but Hamilton’s Colts advanced to the divisional round.