Raiders will interview Jack Del Rio, who may be favorite to land job

Last updated: Jan 3, 2015 2:57 PM

Broncos DC Jack Del Rio will interview for the Raiders' head coaching vacancy, perhaps as soon as today. According to Bill Williamson, two sources close to Del Rio say he "covets the job," adding that league insiders consider JDR the favorite to land the gig.

Del Rio was Jacksonville's head coach for most of nine seasons, compiling a 69-73 record including playoffs; the Broncos went 3-1 under Del Rio in 2013, when he stood in for John Fox during his recovery from heart surgery.

Williamson adds that Del Rio could tab former Falcons head coach Mike Smith as his DC in Oakland; Smith filled that role under JDR in Jacksonville from 2003-2007. Prior to that, Smith and Del Rio were fellow defensive assistants in Baltimore from 1999 to 2001.

Per Jason La Canfora, Del Rio may also interview with the Bears at some point.

The USC HOFer's parents are longtime Raiders season ticket holders; Oakland's last head coach, Dennis Allen, was also Denver's DC at the time of his hiring.

OC Adam Gase has been scheduled to meet with Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, and Buffalo this weekend.

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