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Sources: Green rebuffs Raiders interview request



Former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green, rumored in some quarters to be a candidate for the Oakland head coaching job, on Tuesday rebuffed overtures from the Raiders to interview for the position.


A published report in the Bay Area indicated that Green would interview with the team on Tuesday.


Sources in the Oakland organization told ESPN.com on Monday night, however, that Green's name wasn't even raised in casual conversations until earlier that day. It wasn't until Tuesday that the Raiders contacted Green's agent to arrange an interview, and they were told he was not interested in a meeting.


That isn't to say Green is totally disinterested in the Oakland vacancy, which was created when the Raiders fired Art Shell after only one season on the job. Green's stance is that he has enjoyed a long relationship with owner Al Davis and that the organization knows him well and knows his track record in the NFL and that he should not have to interview.


Were the Raiders to make him an offer, Green might consider it but even that is a long shot.


As of Tuesday night, Oakland had interviewed incumbent defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Steve Sarkisian, the assistant head coach at Southern California.

Dennis Green and the Raiders know each other well, while James Lofton might not be as close to a job as he thought.

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The Raiders had a second interview with San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach and Hall of Fame member James Lofton on Tuesday.


ESPN.com's John Clayton reported that the discussions were ongoing into Tuesday night.

Lofton was one of the candidates last year when
Shell was hired to replace Norv Turner.

Lofton is the first minority candidate to interview for the job,
a requirement under the so-called "Rooney Rule" before a team can
hire a coach.

Sarkisian, 32, served as the Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2004. He is the kind of young, innovative offensive mind to whom Davis is frequently drawn when considering head coach candidates.


Green, 57, was fired by the Cardinals the day after the regular season concluded. In three seasons in Arizona, he compiled a 16-32 record. In his previous tour of duty as an NFL head coach in Minnesota, Green was 101-70 in 10 seasons (1992-2001).


Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.