EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., FEB. 23 -- Joe Bugel, assistant head coach/offense for the Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins, appears to be the leading candidate for the vacant Los Angeles Raiders' head coaching job, according to the Associated Press.

Bugel reportedly met with Raiders managing partner Al Davis on Sunday. He could not be reached for comment today.

Bugel, who turns 48 next month, met with Davis a day after Davis' final meeting with Dan Henning, another Redskins assistant coach. Davis said today that he told Henning "unequivocally last Friday that he would not be a candidate for the Raiders job. I told him I was going in another direction."

It had been reported that Henning took himself out of consideration for the Raiders job, citing disagreement with Davis in "critical areas."

But Davis said, "Where the misconception that he backed away from the job came from I do not know."

Mike Shanahan, Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, has been the only other reported candidate, but Shanahan, 35, was quoted as saying Monday he hadn't talked to the Raiders since Thursday.

When Tom Flores retired Jan. 20 after nine seasons as the Raiders' coach, Davis expressed the desire to hire a replacement in advance of the NFL's annual meetings, which begin March 14 in Phoenix.