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January 3, 2009
Gilbride chats with Davis (or did he?)

I know this update could have come a lot sooner, but forgive me for having things to do on a Saturday...

It's known throughout the NFL that Raiders owner Al Davis spends a lot of time on the phone.

And according to the New York Daily News, Davis planned to speak with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about the Raiders head-coaching vacancy.

The NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports Davis' health is a reason the Raiders have been slow to interview candidates.

How Gilbride would work is anyone's guess.

I spoke with an NFL executive that his familiar with Gilbride and how he might fit with the Raiders. He wondered if Gilbride had the right personality to work with Davis.

Newsday reports Davis indeed spoke with Gilbride.

Gilbride will be off limits for interviews as of Monday until the Giants' season is over.

Gilbride has worked with two high draft picks at quarterback. He's been lauded for his most recent work with Eli Manning. But his handling of rookie Ryan Leaf in 1998 was part of the reason he was fired as head coach in San Diego. He only had Leaf for six games, but benched him twice during a four-game losing streak.

Another rumored candidate, Atlanta receivers coach Terry Robiskie, is now available to chat after the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs today.

In the spirit of Jay-Z and Nas squashing their beef to work together, I'm rooting for the Raiders to make a call to Mike Shanahan.

--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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