The Raiders have interim head coach Tony Sparano slated for a Wednesday interview, according to league sources.
NFL Network first reported the news.
That would suggest that the Silver and Black are approaching the end of the interview process for their coaching search. While things can certainly change in these fluid times, sources have long indicated to CSN Bay Area that Sparano would conclude the first wave of interviews.
If things go well, it could be the last.
There is some thought that the Raiders could hire Sparano relatively quickly, given how well they already know him.
There is, however, competition. The Raiders have already interviewed six candidates entering Wednesday.
Sparano has significant support in the organization, including owner Mark Davis, the rest of the front office and in the locker room.
He went 3-9 after taking over for Dennis Allen following a Week 5 bye, but he was credited for his motivational tactics and for keeping the team together during a difficult season.
Sparano won three straight home games to finish the season, positive results against playoff contending teams. He also followed each win with a road loss, three results dropped by a score of 130-27.
Sparano openly lobbied to keep the job, saying the Raiders were “my team,” and that he should be retained.
The Raiders have spoken with several candidates, including Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, former Washington head coach Mike Shanahan and 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini.
They have been linked to Dallas passing game coordinator Scott Linehan, though no scheduled interview has been made public. The Cowboys are still in the playoffs.
The Raiders requested to speak to Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but a source indicated that, as of Tuesday afternoon, no interview had been scheduled.