Count the Oakland Raiders as another team expected to wait until after the Super Bowl to fill their defensive coordinator opening.
One of their candidates appears to be Packers safeties coach Darren Perry, according to the Oakland Tribune. Perry was the Raiders' defensive backs coach in 2007 and '08 before moving to Green Bay.
The Eagles are also interested in interviewing Perry, according a report Friday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Arizona is looking for a defensive coordiantor, too, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wants to interview coaches on both the Packers and Steelers staffs. Whisenhunt is a former Pittsburgh assistant, so his focus likely is with Steelers assistants whom he worked with previously.
After the Super Bowl, the first step is seeking permission from the Packers, and that is not a given. Perry has a year remaining on his contract.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy declined to comment Saturday when asked whether the Eagles or Cardinals has asked for permission to talk to Perry.
“After going through the thing with Tom, I thought it was reported poorly, and I’m not going to get into it,” McCarthy said, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Last year, McCarthy denied the Bears permission to talk to QB coach Tom Clements about their vacancy at offensive coordinator. He was asked about that decision before the NFC Championship Game against the Bears two weeks ago.
''I am pro-career advancement with my staff," he told reporters. "When a request is made of anybody on our staff, there's conversations that take place. So Tom and I, in his particular situation, we talked about it, and a decision was made and we moved forward. I think Tom's very happy in Green Bay.''
Asked specifically about Perry on Saturday, McCarthy gave him a positive review, but also cautioned that everyone's focus should be on the Super Bowl.
"Darren Perry is an excellent football coach," he said. "I think Darren along with a number of other assistants on our staff, they have a very bright future. As far as those futures, I know they’re bright, but everybody is focused on the game in front of us, and I know there may potentially be some opportunities."
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