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What to know about Patrick Graham’s interview with Chargers

Will Raiders’ defensive coordinator land in AFC West?

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UPDATED 9:15 a.m. January 10

NFL Media reports the Raiders’ blocked a request from a team wanting to interview defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

That could be a good sign that Antonio Pierce will be promoted. The Raiders won’t deny permission for Graham to interview for head-coaching jobs.


There is a lot of movement involving the Las Vegas Raiders as they begin their head-coaching and general manager search, but there is another pressing situation to keep an eye on — the future of defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

After leading a resurgence by his unit in 2023, Graham is getting interest for a head-coaching position.

It was reported Monday evening that the Los Angeles Chargers asked permission to interview Graham for their head coaching position.

Here are some key aspects of Graham’s situation:

Other reported Chargers candidates:

Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, San Francisco defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Chargers interim coach Giff Smith, Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Will be a candidate elsewhere?

In addition to the Raiders and Chargers, the other current openings are in Washington, Tennessee, Carolina and Atlanta.

Previous interviews:

Among his previous head-coaching interviews were with the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings in 2022 before he became the Raiders’ defensive coordinator.

Raiders’ compensation:

The Raiders will get third-round comp draft picks in 2024 and ‘25 if Graham gets a job.

What’s next if he leaves:

It all depends on who is the Raiders’ head coach. If interim coach Antonio Pierce gets the job, he could promote someone from the current staff (Rob Ryan maybe) or perhaps hire Marvin Lewis, who was a consultant to Pierce this season. There would likely be other candidates as well.