Saints' assistant a Davis-like candidate

Interesting names continue to pop up for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching position.

The New Orleans Saints gave Oakland permission to interview offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is aggressively pursuing replacements for Hue Jackson, who was fired last week. Former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles has also interviewed. The Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Denis Allen will interview and McKenzie, a former Green Bay executive, is expected to interview some Packers assistants as well.

Former Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October, would be proud of the Carmichael interview. He is a textbook Oakland candidate.

He is young and offensive minded. The 40-year-old Carmichael has been an assistant on some powerful offensive teams and he worked for Sean Payton, a young coach who Davis coveted at one point.

Carmichael called plays while Payton was injured earlier in the season and he is considered a coach on the rise. Davis loved finding this type of coach and now his replacement is doing the same.