Jack Del Rio officially a Raiders candidate

Jack Del Rio has been considered a favorite to become the Oakland Raiders' head coach for weeks in league circles.

It is now officially possible. The Raiders asked Denver for permission to speak to Del Rio according to an NFL source. The interview is expected to be as soon as Saturday.

Del Rio is a Bay Area native, and his parents are longtime Oakland season-ticket holders. Two sources close to him say Del Rio covets the job. He has head coaching experience in Jacksonville, which appeals to Oakland owner Mark Davis.

Davis sought out Del Rio on the field prior to the Raiders’ season finale in Denver. Several league insiders think Del Rio is a favorite to be Davis’ choice. The Raiders are said to want to make this a fast process, but they will have to wait for Del Rio to conclude Denver’s playoff run if they want to hire him.

Oakland has already interviewed Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Among those with reported interviews set are San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini, Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Bowles and Hamilton will coach in playoff games this weekend.