Redskins assistant coaches Dan Henning and Joe Bugel are among three finalists for the Los Angeles Raiders' head coaching job, according to a published report.
The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Henning, who formerly coached the Atlanta Falcons, was the front-runner over Bugel and Mike Shanahan, offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
Bugel, who said he had been interviewed twice by Al Davis, said yesterday the Raiders' owner told him after his most recent interview that he would decide "in a week or so."
The Raiders declined comment on the Times' report. But it appears that Davis has eliminated any black coaches he possibly had been considering, including Dennis Green, an assistant with the 49ers.
"There are only three guys," the Times quoted a source as saying. "There's no guy coming out of left field."
Henning may be considered the favorite because he is the only one of the three with head coaching experience. He was playing in a golf tournament yesterday in Phoenix and could not be reached for comment.
Bugel, the Redskins' offensive line coach who has been with Coach Joe Gibbs in all seven seasons here, said he has just returned from a second interview with Davis.
"I thought the interview with Al Davis went very well," Bugel said. "He has a lot of respect for the Redskins and their program. He said I was one of the finalists and he would make a decision in a week or so."
Redskins General Manager Bobby Beathard said he had heard nothing from the Raiders nor had he talked to Henning or Bugel since Bugel returned from Los Angeles.
Shanahan, 35, said in Denver earlier this week that he had met with Davis three times. "I really don't know where I stand," he said.
If Henning or Bugel is selected, the Redskins would have two vacancies. Jerry Rhome, who handled the quarterbacks, last week was named offensive coordinator at San Diego.