ALAMEDA -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen and counterpart Mike McCoy of the San Diego Chargers are the two youngest coaches in the NFL, worked as coordinators on the same staff in 2011 and at one point were under consideration for the same job.
When Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie met with Allen at the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., he also reportedly was set to talk with McCoy for the vacant coaching position after the firing of Hue Jackson.
Allen was the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos under coach John Fox, McCoy the offensive coordinator.
McCoy, however, canceled the Raiders interview and instead met with the Miami Dolphins, who eventually hired Joe Philbin. Allen got the job with the Raiders.
The consolation prize for McCoy was staying another year in Denver, where Peyton Manning arrived to replace Tim Tebow as the quarterback. McCoy was hired last offseason by the Chargers.
Now the 41-year-old coaches (Allen is five months younger) are AFC West rivals.
"I don't think you see that very often, but there was no doubt in my mind that Mike McCoy was going to be a head coach in this league," Allen said. "He's a good friend of mine, and I think he's won a nice job with that San Diego team."
Said McCoy by conference call to Bay Area reporters: "Dennis and I were very fortunate to be on a good football team in Denver. We worked with a great head coach, so we were fortunate."
A Bay Area native out of Novato, McCoy broke into NFL coaching with the Carolina Panthers when hired by George Seifert as an offensive assistant. A quarterback at San Marin High, McCoy played at Long Beach State and Utah and professionally with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
"If my number is called this weekend, I'll be ready to go," Watson said.