Former Packers, Seahawks coach latest candidate to surface in team's search for president

  • Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in Renton, Wash. It is rumored that Holmgren is the prime candidate to run the 49ers next season. San Francisco (2-5) fired coach Mike Nolan this week and replaced him with Mike Singletary on an interim basis, beginning on Sunday against the Seahawks (1-5). (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Long-time Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren is the latest candidate to surface in the Raiders' search for an established football person to assume a leadership role.

ESPN cited two unnamed sources as saying the two sides have spoken about the prospect of Holmgren joining the Raiders in some capacity.

The Raiders did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the report.

Holmgren was also a longtime offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers during the Bill Walsh-George Seifert era.

Holmgren most recently was with the Cleveland Browns as their team president until he stepped down late last season. He and current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked together when they were with the Packers.

Zak Gilbert, the Raiders director of media relations, issued the following statement: "As a general policy, the Raiders don't comment on personnel matters, so the team isn't able to confirm or deny the report. If the organization has more to say in the future, I will let you know."

In recent months, the Raiders reportedly interviewed Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations.

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