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January 15, 2009
Gilbride and then ...?

New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is scheduled to interview for the Raiders' head-coaching job today.

He's the third candidate to earn a face-to-face meeting with Raiders owner Al Davis, joining interim head coach Tom Cable and Green Bay assistant head coach Winston Moss.

Sometime next week would be an ideal time for Davis to announce who will be his next head coach. With it being the bye week before the Super Bowl, the attention of the football world would be on the Raiders' announcement (something I've been told is never lost on Davis).

It would also give whoever the next head coach is time to head down to the Senior Bowl for a few days. That's where out-of-work assistant coaches often gather looking for a job.

Then again, I could be wrong, which wouldn't be a first.

*If there was an assistant the Raiders needed to keep, it was Brian Schneider. Unfortunately for the rest of the Pac-10, the special teams at USC just got a lot better with Schneider just got a lot better.

But Schneider is a friend of Lane Kiffin. And at team headquarters, that's like naming your child Shanahan and asking Davis to be the godfather.

*The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft has passed. Most mock drafts have the Raiders selecting Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe.

Though WR Michael Crabtree would be enticing if available, Monroe would be the sensible choice if he's the best offensive lineman available.

--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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