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Tice will not interview for Raiders job

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Chicago Bears offensive co-ordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned.

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Chicago Bears offensive co-ordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned.

Tice had been scheduled to meet with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But the Bears said Monday that interview won't take place because the Raiders have moved onto the "second phase" of their interview process.

McKenzie has been searching for a replacement for Hue Jackson, who was fired Jan. 10 after going 8-8 in his only season on the job. McKenzie fired Jackson on his first day on the job, saying he wanted his own man as head coach.

The Raiders have been tightlipped about the search, but McKenzie told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that a hiring could come this week. McKenzie is at the Senior Bowl scouting for the draft.

McKenzie has already interviewed Denver defensive co-ordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive co-ordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job.

ESPN reported Monday that Allen would get a second interview, which is expected to be held this week at the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos finished 20th in the league in total defence this season and were 24th in the league in scoring defence at 24.4 points per game in his first year as co-ordinator in Denver.

Allen has been secondary coach the previous three seasons with the Broncos. He has also coached for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

The Raiders are searching for their seventh coach since 2003. Oakland has not been to the playoffs or had a winning record since playing in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season under coach Bill Callahan.

 
 
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