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January 22, 2009
$2 million reasons for Linehan to say no

What could the Raiders offer Scott Linehan to convince him he'd be better working for them instead of sitting at home and collecting the $2 million the St. Louis Rams owe him?

It was just on Sunday that Linehan said his resistance to move his family was a reason he didn't accept the 49ers offensive coordinator job. Now the Raiders plan to interview him for the same job.

Sure, Linehan would probably love to get back into coaching. The Rams fired Linehan as head coach four games into the 2008 season.

And there are a couple of reasons (assuming Tom Cable is named the head coach) for Linehan to join the Raiders.

*Linehan was teammates with Cable at Idaho.

*They coached at UNLV together.

Then again, Linehan isn't likely to make $2 million working under Cable.

Linehan might be better off sitting out the 2009 season and waiting for a more stable situation (i.e., a team ready to make the playoffs) to open up.

Then he wouldn't have to move his family until 2010.

If Linehan were to be offered the job, it would be over Al Saunders, who was Linehan's offensive coordinator in St. Louis last season. Saunders interviewed on Wednesday.

And while there is no head coach, the rest of the coaching staff continues to come together. Quality control coach Adam Henry was promoted to tight ends coach.

Henry replaces Kelly Skipper, who is now the running backs coach.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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