The night before the Raiders big Jon Gruden introductory press event, Alabama pulled out an overtime win over the Georgia Bulldogs to win the National Championship. Call it prisoner of the moment or whatever you like, but the Raiders are said to be among those looking to get a piece of it.
Not long after former Packers personnel man Eliot Wolf turned down the Raiders offer to join their front office in favor of joining the Browns, Michael Lombardi — who was in the Raiders personnel department during Gruden’s tenure in Oakland — said the Raiders are looking at Alabama’s AD of recruiting Ed Marynowitz to join their front office.
Hearing Alabama AD for recruiting Ed Marynowitz is talking to the Raiders and Jon Gruden about a position in their personnel department.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) January 10, 2018
Minutes later, about the same time the Raiders made their decision to retain several of their own coaches, they are said to be looking to interview Alabama Defensive Backs coach, Derrick Ansley to coach their secondary.
Among the Raiders coaches expected to return is safeties coach Brent Vieselmeyer. Not among them is cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson. The team did not have anyone with the title of secondary coach last season. Assistant Head Coach - Defense John Pagano carried those duties unofficially.