A favorite could have arrived in the Raiders coaching quest. Josh McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive coordinator, has emerged as a candidate and is expected to conduct an interview with the organization, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Additional reporting from Albert Breer of the MMQB said McDaniels is interested in the position. Breer added that in recent weeks the Raiders have been interviewing people close to McDaniels, including Bears assistant director of player staff Champ Kelly and Patriots director of player staff Dave Ziegler. Both Kelly and Ziegler worked with McDaniels during his brief head coaching stint in Denver between 2009-10. Ziegler is also an early candidate in Las Vegas' search for a general manager and he and McDaniels have been cited as a package. In 2018, McDaniels infamously agreed to be the Colts coach before bolting the franchise to return to New England as the offensive coordinator. McDaniels has been with the Patriots for 17 non-consecutive seasons. APFormer Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned in October after it was revealed he was… homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails when he was an analyst on Monday Night Football. Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia was named interim head coach; under Bisaccia, the Raiders went 7-6, earning a wildcard spot with a thrilling Week 18 win over the Chargers. Las Vegas lost a 26-19 wildcard matchup against the Bengals. Josh McDaniels is the ghost responsible for forming rookie QB Mac Jones this season.APBisaccia is also a candidate for the Raiders position, but team owner Mark Davis has said he is also looking at outside candidates. McDaniels' possible exit would leave Mac Jones without the attacking spirit responsible for his impressive development in the rookie season. It would also leave Bill Belichick without the coordinator responsible for the team's Super Bowl wins.