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Raiders interview Martz for offensive coordinator job


Plenty Raiders fans have been asked for an update regarding the team’s search for a new offensive coordinator.

The good news? We have one.

The bad news? We have one.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Raiders quietly have interviewed Mike Martz for the vacancy created when Greg Knapp was fired after only one season.

Martz rose to prominence in 1999 as the architect of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” the Rams team that won an unlikely Super Bowl with a high-octane, quick-strike offense. He then became the head coach when Dick Vermeil retired.

And it all started to crumble for Martz during Super Bowl XXXVI, when he stubbornly refused to run the ball even though the Patriots were routinely dropping eight men into pass coverage. Within four years after that, Martz was fired by the Rams in a haze of front-office dysfunction. Thereafter, Martz has served as offensive coordinator of the Lions, 49ers, and Bears. Martz has no past experience working with Raiders coach Dennis Allen.

Per Corkran, the Raiders have interviewed long-time Eagles offensive line coach and less-than-two-year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo for the vacant position of offensive line coach in Oakland.

The Raiders are also looking for a linebackers coach and a special-teams coordinator, along with their first playoff berth since 2002.