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New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is scheduled to interview with Raiders managing general partner Al Davis on Thursday for Oakland's vacant head coaching position.
New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is scheduled to interview with Raiders managing general partner Al Davis on Thursday.

Davis and Gilbride spoke by phone Jan. 30 for 90 minutes. However, that wasn't considered a formal interview, senior executive John Herrera said.

"Kevin Gilbride is scheduled to come into town (today) for an interview with Mr. Davis, relative to the head coaching job," Herrera said.

Gilbride has spent the past five seasons with the Giants. He was their quarterbacks coach from 2004-06 and their offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

He is well respected in league circles for his work in developing Eli Manning into a top-tier quarterback and his ability to incorporate three top-notch running backs into his offense the past two seasons.

Those are areas of need for the Raiders, given quarterback JaMarcus Russell's up-and-down play his first two seasons and the presence of running backs Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.

McFadden went long stretches without touching the ball in some games. Bush pined for more playing time and expressed his displeasure at being converted to fullback. All three of New York's running backs averaged at least 5 yards per carry, and the Giants led the league in rushing.

Gilbride's only head-coaching experience came at Southern Connecticut State from 1980-84 and with the San Diego Chargers from 1997-98. He posted a 6-16 record with the Chargers. He has worked in the NFL every season except 2001 for the past 20 years.

In other news, Raiders special teams coach Brian Schneider was hired by Southern Cal on Wednesday when another assistant coach left to pursue other opportunities and freed up a spot for a role typically handled by a position coach.

"We have worked for years to create the opportunity to have a special teams coordinator," USC coach Pete Carroll said in a press release. "We're delighted that the right guy came along for the spot, in Brian Schneider. He's an excellent, experienced coach whose results are evident at every place he has worked."

Schneider spent the past two seasons with the Raiders and earned raves for the results he got from his troops.

Punter Shane Lechler earned a Pro Bowl selection, punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins set a franchise record with three returns for touchdown and kick returner Justin Miller returned two kicks for touchdowns.

Raiders linebackers coach Don Martindale reportedly interviewed with the Denver Broncos about a position on new coach Josh McDaniel's staff.

Martindale's contract, along with every other Raiders coach, expired Tuesday, and he is free to interview with any team. It's conceivable that Martindale could return to the Raiders for a sixth season.