What Kind of Offensive Coordinator Would Fit in Oakland?

The Raiders are still searching for an offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach after firing Greg Knapp and Frank Pollack last week. In less than two weeks the Raiders will travel to Mobile, Ala., to coach the North team in the 2013 Senior Bowl, and it would be helpful to have a complete coaching staff.

To this point, the search for an offensive coordinator has been void of any media leaks. There hasn’t been so much as one reported interview, rumored name or educated guess out there. General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen are keeping an extremely tight lid on the search.

There are plenty of candidates out there for the job, including these 10 and several others that might be lesser known. Any good organization is going to determine what kind of candidate they want before conducting a search. At some point, McKenzie and Allen have discussed the traits they want in the next offensive coordinator in Oakland.

What might those traits be and which candidates fit the description? Jay Glazer of Fox Sports recently tweeted that the Raiders want a “high-octane” guy, and that there aren’t many choices. Since it’s anyone’s guess whether “high octane” describes the offense or the coach, this is really not news at all. Every NFL team wants a high-octane offense.

The best guess here is that the Raiders are looking for a high-energy offensive coordinator which makes a lot of sense. Hue Jackson was just such a coach, and he took Oakland’s offense to heights not seen since Jon Gruden was in Oakland. Jackson was promoted to head coach in 2011 and fired after one season.

There are certainly other traits that the Raiders want in their offensive coordinator, and high octane or high energy doesn’t have to mean volatile.

There are a few traits that the Raiders should be looking for in their next offensive coordina...

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