Raiders interview Shurmur for coach

Jan 2, 2015 6:52 PM

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders interviewed Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their head coaching vacancy on Friday.

A person with knowledge of the interview said the Raiders met with Shurmur as they seek a full-time coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not releasing details on interviews.

Shurmur has been offensive coordinator for the Eagles the past two seasons. He was head coach in Cleveland the previous two years where he had a 9-23 record.

Shurmur has been in the NFL since 1999, spending a decade as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia and two years as offensive coordinator in St. Louis before taking the Cleveland job in 2011.

Shurmur has experience working with young quarterbacks, having worked as Donovan McNabb's position coach with the Eagles, helping Sam Bradford win top offensive rookie honors in 2010 in St. Louis and helping Nick Foles lead the Eagles to the playoffs last season.

Philadelphia has had a top offense the past two years with Shurmur, although head coach Chip Kelly is the play-caller.

Shurmur also has ties to Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. His uncle, Fritz, was the longtime defensive coordinator in Green Bay when McKenzie was in the Packers' front office.

The Raiders are seeking a full-time coach after firing Dennis Allen four games into last season. Interim coach Tony Sparano is also a candidate and will be interviewed for the job.

Oakland has had eight coaches since the start of the 2003 season. The Raiders have not had a winning record or playoff berth in that span as the constant turnover has contributed to the struggles on the field.

The Raiders also have interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week.

Oakland is also reportedly interested in interviewing San Francisco assistant Eric Mangini, who has head coaching experience with Cleveland and the New York Jets, and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

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