Report: Raiders interview Martz for O.C. position

January 12, 2013, 4:45 pm
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According to a report by the Bay Area News Group, former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz has interviewed with the Oakland Raiders for the job of offensive coordinator.

Martz, who last worked in the NFL as an O.C. for Chicago in 2011, was the architect of the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense at the turn of the century. Martz was the Rams' head coach from 2000 through 2005, Detroit's O.C. from 2006-07 and the 49ers' O.C. in 2008 before working for the Bears in 2010 and 2011.

The Raiders are not commenting on the interview process, only saying it is indeed underway.

In his end-of-season press conference, coach Dennis Allen said he did not have a time frame for hiring an offensive coordinator, let alone the other three open positions on his staff -- offensive line coach, special teams coordinator and linebacker coach.

"I want to make sure we get the right guy," Allen said, "and however long that takes for us to get the right guy, that's how long it takes."

That was, however, before Allen and the Raiders landed a coaching spot in the upcoming Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But if Allen does not have an O.C. in place before then, senior offensive assistant Al Saunders or quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo could conceivably call plays in the game.

Allen was also asked at the time if he would be comfortable hiring a former head coach as his new O.C.

"I'll be comfortable with a guy I feel like gives us the best chance to be successful in all areas," Allen said.

The report also said the Raiders have talked with Juan Castillo about replacing Frank Pollack as the O-line coach, though Castillo has also been linked to Kansas City and new coach Andy Reid. Castillo had been Philadelphia's offensive line coach before Reid switched him to defensive coordinator in 2011. The move was ill fitting and Castillo was fired this past October.