Stanford head football coach David Shaw knew the question was coming. The Raiders fired Dennis Allen on Monday night and before his Tuesday morning press conference, making an obvious query about a jump to the NFL a sure thing.
Shaw is always a popular name to throw into NFL's head coaching searches, but direct ties to the Silver and Black make links to the Oakland job a no-brainer.
Shaw was surprised how long it took to be asked about a possible Raiders coaching vacancy – Tony Sparano was promoted to interim head coach – at season’s end.
“It took 22 minutes,” Shaw said, checking the clock after being asked about the Raiders. “I’m proud of this room.”
It took some time because Shaw’s answer was as predictable as the question that prompted it.
Sure, he was a Raiders quality control coach from 1998-2000 and the quarterbacks coach in 2001.
Sure, his father Willie was Raiders defensive coordinator from 1998-99.
No, that won’t tempt him to leave the Cardinal.
His name quickly emerged as a possibility to take over as Raiders head coach next season, but he shot the idea down quickly.
“My response is flattery, but I think everyone knows I’m dedicated here,” Shaw said in a press conference streamed on the Cardinal website. “I love it here. It’s similar to the Eagles opening (in 2013) because I worked with the Eagles.
"I’ve worked with the Raiders. It came up with the Chargers (opening in 2013) because I’m from San Diego and my dad coached for the Chargers and I coached the owner’s grandson.
"It’s great (to be mentioned). It’s flattering. As I tell our players, that’s a sign that we’re doing something right here. Our work here is unfinished and I love being here. I think you guys know that.”