ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis took time out from choosing a head coach Saturday to promote assistant John Fassel to special teams coordinator.
Davis still is debating whether to keep interim head coach Tom Cable, who went 4-8 and won his final two games after Davis fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 30. Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Saturday that Davis is "considering talking to one or two more guys," and should decide whether to pursue those interviews soon.
Fassel's previous contract recently expired, along with the deals of nearly every assistant on Cable's staff. However, a large portion of Oakland's assistants has stayed on the job anyway, Herrera said. A handful of key coaches have moved on, including offensive coordinator Greg Knapp (Seattle Seahawks), defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (Cleveland Browns) and running backs coach Tom Rathman (San Francisco 49ers).
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