The Oakland Raiders defense may be taking shape, but it’s doing so without a defensive coordinator at the moment.
As the team continues to re-sign players it is seeming more and more likely the the coordinator position will be filled internally.
The even money is on defensive assistant Chuck Bresnahan eventually getting the job. However, head coach Hue Jackson wouldn’t commit to that idea when addressing the media Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“Any one of those guys (on staff) could be [the defensive coordinator],” Jackson said, per the Oakland Tribune. “I just think it’s a thing that’s still in progress, and once we make a final decision we’ll make one.”
Keeping with Al Davis’ tradition, the newly-minted head coach doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to fill the position either.
“Honestly I don’t think that’s the issue right now who the defensive coordinator right now because our system’s our system,” he said. “We know exactly what we’re going to do. The guys who are there know exactly how we’re going to coach that particular side of the ball. Everything is moving in that direction.”
Some believe external candidates are still a possibility. Jackson’s comments seem to contradict that philosophy, however.
Also not helping matters is the fact the Raiders were denied the opportunity to interview one of their top candidates in New York Jets DB coach Dennis Thurman.