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Old 01-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #430
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RAIDERS PROMOTE JOHN FASSEL

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 17, 2009, 11:05 p.m. EST

Although Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has yet to settle on a head coach, he’s staying busy assembling a coaching staff for the unnamed, er, boss in waiting.

Davis promoted John Fassel, the son of former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, to special teams coordinator, the Sacramento Bee reports. John Fassel has worked for the Raiders for two seasons, splitting special-teams duties last season with Brian Schneider, who left this week to work in the same capacity at USC.

Fassel has had an easier time finding NFL employment lately than his father, as detailed recently by Pro Football Talk.

However, according to the Bee’s Raiders beat writer Jason Jones, the elder Fassel could be interviewed by Davis for the head coaching position soon. Fassel has previously expressed interest in the Raiders’ job.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Saturday that Davis is mulling over “talking to one or two more guys,” and will decide in the near future whether he’ll finalize those interviews.

The only three candidates that have met with Davis whose names have surfaced are interim coach Tom Cable, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Green Bay Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss.

Meanwhile, Oakland linebackers coach Don Martindale, who has reportedly drawn interest from the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns, completed his interview with Davis about the Raiders’ defensive coordinator opening Saturday.
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