Raiders looking at college coordinator

The Oakland Raiders' search for a defensive coordinator trudges forward.

After striking out several times at the NFL level, new Oakland coach Dennis Allen is looking at the college ranks. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Allen is now considering Stanford co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver for the post.

Allen has interviewed or has tried to interview five candidates. The Raiders asked for permission to talk to Green Bay Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, but apparently he will not be the hire.

Before going to Stanford last year, Tarver, 37, spent 10 years with the San Francisco 49ers in several roles. He was last the 49ers’ outside linebackers coach. Tarver also coaches the linebackers at Stanford in addition to his co-coordinator role.

In other AFC West news:

Baltimore center Matt Birk won the NFL Man of the year award. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was a finalist for the award.

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is excited to play for new Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Cassel played for him in New England for two seasons. The Chiefs have said Cassel will have competition for the job. The hiring of Daboll should help Cassel.

Denver linebacker Elvis Dumervil received some votes for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award that went to Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. Dumervil made the Pro Bowl in 2011 after missing all of 2010 with a pectoral injury.