ATLANTA, FEB. 21 -- Washington Redskins offensive coach Dan Henning and Los Angeles Raiders managing partner Al Davis have broken off talks that might have led Henning to the Raiders' head coaching job.
The reason was a difference in philosophy, Henning said.
"We were close, but we could not get together. We don't agree on some critical areas," Henning was quoted in Sunday's Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution. "Al is looking for something different in a head coach, and I'm looking for something different in a head coaching position." The Raiders are seeking a replacement for Tom Flores, who resigned last month.
Henning helped develop the Redskins' one-back offense before spending four years as head coach in Atlanta. He returned to Washington after being fired by the Falcons following the 1986 season.
He said he never received a firm contract offer from Davis because "we realized our differences."
"That I was considered so highly for this position was still a highlight to this season," Henning said. "Al Davis is one of the most innovative minds in the business, and his record shows it. It's just that at this particular time, we are not for each other. I wish him the best."