ALAMEDA – Jack Del Rio has high hopes for his assistant coaching staff. He’s seeking out some well-respected names to fill his coordinator spots, and owner Mark Davis said on Friday that he’ll have the monetary resources to lure top talent.
Del Rio’s first addition is a good one. He reeled in offensive-line coach Mike Tice, according to an NFL source. Tice held the same position for the Atlanta Falcons, but was released from his contract to allow him to join Del Rio’s staff.
NFL Network reported on Wednesday that the Falcons denied the Raiders request to interview Tice, but the team obviously changed its mind and allowed Tice to leave.
Tice has not signed a contract, but he is expected to in the coming days.
Tice has head coaching experience, leading the Minnesota Vikings from 2002-05. He was offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears from 2012-14, when he moved to Atlanta.
He’s worked with Jack Del Rio before, as assistant head coach from 2006-2009. He also coached the tight ends in his last three seasons in Jacksonville.
Del Rio has been linked to Marc Trestman as an offensive coordinator and Mike Smith for defensive coordinator, among other names.
“We’re working on a list and there’s a group of people that we’re interested in, and I’d really prefer not to share Raider business with everybody out there that we’re competing against,” Del Rio said. “But I can assure you that we have a very strong group of people that are excited about coming here and joining this organization, and we’re just going to work through that list and kind of take care of business as we can.”
NFL Network first reported that Tice was bound for the Raiders.