Hiring Trestman would make sense for Raiders

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman met with Oakland owner Al Davis to discuss the Raiders’ head coaching position.

Of course, the position isn’t exactly open, as Tom Cable technically remains the team’s head coach after leading the Raiders to a 9-18 mark in less than two years with the club. But it’s become clear since the season has ended that Cable’s days with the Raiders seem numbered.

Trestman is one of at least two men to have met with Davis recently to discuss the position, with the other being former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel.

According to another report earlier today, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh rejected the Raiders’ overtures when he was contacted about a potential opening.

In two seasons leading the Canadian Football League’s Alouettes, Trestman has compiled a 26-10 mark with two appearances in the league’s Grey Cup and a championship this past November, the first title for Montreal since 2002. The 53-year-old signed an extension with the team shortly after the season that runs through 2012.

From my perspective, turning to Trestman makes a lot of sense for the Raiders.

He already is acquainted with the franchise, as he held the position of quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator from 2001-03. He played a key role in elevating the game of QB Rich Gannon, who led the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 2003.

That season, the Raiders led the NFL in total offense at 389.8 yards per game and passing yards at 279.7 per game.

Since that year, the team hasn’t won more than five games in a season.

He clearly hasn’t lost his knowledge and passion for the game, specifically when it comes to the offensive side of the ball, which is an area the Raiders have been striving to improve on for years.

This past season, the Alouettes led the CFL in nearly every offensive category and QB Anthony Calvillo was named the league’s most outstanding player.

Granted, Trestman isn’t a miracle worker—don’t expect JaMarcus Russell to improve overnight. But if Davis’ interest in Trestman is genuine, he isn’t such a far-fetched candidate for the head gig—assuming that Cable indeed gets the ax.

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