Make what you will with this information, but prior to former Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin taking the job at the University of Arizona, he was on Jon Gruden’s radar for the Raiders open Offensive Coordinator job. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Sumlin was interviewed by Gruden prior to Gruden hiring Greg Olson to the position.
Before Raiders’ HC Jon Gruden hired Rams' QB coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, he interviewed former Texas A & M HC Kevin Sumlin to become his OC, per source. Sumlin became Arizona’s HC, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2018
That’s not to say Sumlin would have been chosen over Olson, but it would have been an interesting choice none the less.
Sumlin opted to be a college head coach over the chance to be an Offensive Coordinator without play calling duties in Oakland.
In the end, Gruden went with Olson, with whom he had worked before. Olson is a former QB coach while Sumlin, prior to his several college head coaching stints at Houston, Texas A&M and now Arizona, has most of his experience coaching wide receivers. I’d say Sumlin made the right choice. College head coaches are paid well and are the face of their programs.