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January 19, 2010
Al Davis interviews Fassel and Trestman?

Al Davis' thirst for championships is nothing new. It's just that the Raiders have not won a Super Bowl since the 1983 season. No matter, Davis is apparently impressed by the bling of the titles recently claimed by Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman.

Granted, Fassel just won the inaugural UFL title with the Las Vegas Locos and Trestman led the Montreal Alouettes to the CFL championship, but their hardware shines just like a Vince Lombardi Trophy, no?

Well, according to The San Francisco Chronicle's David White, Fassel and Trestman have interviewed for the job purportedly still held by Tom Cable. Confused? Imagine how Cable feels.

Fassel has a reputation for developing quarterbacks - he was the Raiders' QB coach in 1995 and, with a rejuvenated Kerry Collins, took the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV- and Trestman was the Raiders' QB coach during their 2002 Super Bowl season. And we all kow the elephant in the room is JaMarcus Russell's regression under center.

Maybe Trestman could be the offensive coordinator/playcaller that Cable so desperately needs? Then again, why would he go from being a head coach, albeit in Canada, to someone's assistant?

Two other names, according to Blanco, on Davis' list are Kevin Gilbride and Winston Moss.

Meanwhile, ESPN reported the Raiders requested and received permission to interview Baltimore Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson. For what, exactly, is anyone's guess.

Then there was reporting that recent New York Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle will interview for a similar position in Oakland. Dwaine Board is the current D-line coach while Waufle coached the Raiders' D-line from 1998 through 2003.

Just another, ahem, quiet day in Silver and Blackdom...

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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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