The Raiders interviewed Al Saunders for their offensive coordinator vacancy Wednesday and former Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dwaine Board for a similar position with the Raiders.
Saunders was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams last season, but he is expected to be jettisoned by new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo. He has coached in the NFL the past 26 seasons.
Board was let go by new Seahawks coach Jim Mora once he took over for retired coach Mike Holmgren earlier this month. Board spent the past six seasons with Seattle.
The Raiders are seeking a replacement for offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, hired by Mora earlier this month. Raiders senior executive John Herrera said two more people are scheduled to interview for the offensive coordinator's job before managing general partner Al Davis makes a decision.
Board is being considered for the position held by Keith Millard the past four seasons. Millard is scheduled to interview with Green Bay.
49ers: Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson has emerged as a potential candidate for the 49ers offensive coordinator job. An NFL source said Jackson has been part of the 49ers internal discussions but that no interview has been scheduled.
Jackson, 43, spent the past season helping groom first-round pick Joe Flacco. Previously, he was an offensive coordinator with Atlanta (2007) and Washington (2003). Jackson was
Dronett dies: Shane Dronett, who played 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home Wednesday. He was 38.
According to a statement from the Gwinnett County police department, officers were called to Dronett's home near Atlanta on Wednesday morning in response to a possible suicide. Police spokesman Illana Spellman confirmed Dronett's body was found at the residence.
The medical examiner's office was examining the body to determine the cause of death.
Dante Lavelli dead: Hall of Famer Dante "Gluefingers" Lavelli, a sure-handed receiver who helped the Cleveland Browns build a dynasty in the 1940s and '50s, has died in Cleveland. He was 85.
Fairview Hospital spokeswoman Denise Smith said Lavelli died Tuesday night. He had been hospitalized with congestive heart failure and had been treated for bladder and kidney infections, said Browns alumni relations director Dino Lucarelli.
Best known for his great hands, Lavelli was a favorite target of legendary Browns quarterback Otto Graham.
Lavelli was part of four championship teams when the Browns dominated the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s. After Cleveland joined the NFL in 1950, Lavelli was a member of three title teams while playing for coach Paul Brown and alongside Graham, Marion Motley and Lou Groza — all Hall of Famers. Lavelli started from 1946-56 and caught 386 passes for 6,488 yards and 62 TDs.
Jets: Rex Ryan was about as bold as his father, Buddy, in his introduction as the new coach of the New York Jets, predicting a Super Bowl trophy and a White House visit in the not too distant future.
"With all the cameras and all that, I was looking for our new president back there," Ryan said with a big, bright smile, moments after being introduced as the team's head coach. "You know, I think we'll get to meet him in the next couple years anyway. ... My goal is to win a Super Bowl."
Ryan, Baltimore's defensive coordinator the past four seasons, was hired Monday to replace the fired Eric Mangini.
The new coach also said he would welcome back quarterback Brett Favre if Favre, 39, decides he want to continue playing. "I would think anybody would want him as their quarterback," Ryan said.
Ryan has already started assembling his coaching staff, announcing that he hired Ravens outside linebackers coach Mike Pettine as his defensive coordinator. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the former Raiders head coach, and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff will be retained, and Ryan hopes to have offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on his staff.
Super Bowl: The Pittsburgh Steelers will wear their white road uniforms against Arizona in the Super Bowl. The Cardinals, as the home team, chose to wear their red home jerseys in the Feb. 1 game in Tampa, Fla. Also Super Bowl winners John Elway, Lynn Swann and former 49ers running back Roger Craig will take part in the coin toss for the Feb. 1 game. Craig starred for San Francisco in the 1980s.
Titans: Former Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins, now with the Titans, will make his second Pro Bowl trip as a replacement for Brett Favre.
Playoff ratings: Sunday's AFC Championship game drew 40.6 million viewers with a 22.0 rating and the NFC game was watched by 38.4 million with a 21.9 rating. The NFL said that the playoffs overall had an average rating of 17.4, for 29.9 million viewers.
Staff writer Steve Corkran contributed to this report.