Two Washington Redskins assistant coaches -- Dan Henning and Joe Bugel -- are candidates for the Los Angeles Raiders' head coaching job, Redskins General Manager Bobby Beathard said yesterday.

Beathard said the Raiders have been granted permission to interview Henning and Bugel for the job vacated by Tom Flores, who resigned after the past season. Henning -- a former head coach with the Atlanta Falcons and the team's receivers coach, who helps call plays in the press box -- said yesterday he "had a conversation" over the weekend with Raiders Managing General Partner Al Davis, though Henning would not elaborate any further.

Davis and Henning were in Indianapolis for a scouting combine.

Beathard said he thinks Bugel, the Redskins' offensive line coach, is leaving today for an interview with Davis in Los Angeles. Bugel, who turned down an offer in 1983 to become head coach of the USFL's Pittsburgh franchise, declined comment yesterday.

"{The interviews} are not surprising," Beathard said. "We've got a lot of good coaches on the staff, and this is not unusual when you've just had a good year."

Davis and his executive assistant Al LoCasale could not be reached yesterday, but only one other person besides Henning is known to have interviewed for the job: Mike Shanahan, the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator. Los Angeles-area newspapers have reported the Raiders have indicated interest in Dennis Green, the San Francisco 49ers' receivers coach, and George Seifert, the 49ers' defensive coordinator.

In this morning's editions, the Los Angeles Times quoted a Raiders source as saying: "{Davis} doesn't know what he's going to do at this point. There's nothing imminent. But I think it'll be a young NFL assistant, 35 to 45, who's involved in the passing game."

Henning is 45, Bugel 47.