A process that was originally thought to involve just a small handful of candidates now includes quite a few more — and some are rather unsuspected candidates. Today three more names were thrown into the Raiders' coaching search inquiry pot.
The first interview request that came up was for Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg. This name will not bring about a lot of excitement from Raider fans. Mornhinweg is most well known for leading the Lions to a total of five wins over two whole seasons as their head coach. He got the job with the Lions in 2001 after four seasons as the 49ers' offensive coordinator. After his two miserable years in Detroit, he went back to being an assistant. Since then, he has been with the Eagles and has been their offensive coordinator since 2006.
Mornhinweg has long been seen as a great offensive mind among the coaching ranks. The Eagles have had some of their best years offensively under his tutelage. However, he is not seen as a great game manager. Sound familiar? That is what was said about Hue Jackson.
If you want to give Mornhinweg the benefit of the doubt, it isn't too difficult. His time as a head coach was a short one on a team that drafted poorly and was run even more poorly. It was also ten years ago. He has been the assistant head coach for the Eagles under head coach Andy Reid since 2004. Reid is known for being a very good game coach as well as a calming influence on his team. It stands to reason that Mornhinweg has learned a lot during his time there. And he could be worth giving another shot. That is what Reggie McKenzie is going to find out.
The other name that cropped up was another former failed head coach who has since laid low as an NFL coordinator – Mike Tice. Tice got his shot at being a head coach when he was named the interim head coach in Minnesota for the final game of the 2001 season. He was retained as the head coach the next season and remained in the position for four years. He was the offensive line coach for the Bears last season and was just promoted to offensive coordinator last week to replace the departed (now retired) Mike Martz.
During Tice's four seasons as head coach in Minnesota, he had an even .500 record at 32-32. His Vikings had a winning record twice and made the playoffs once. He was .500 in the playoffs as well, going 1-1. An even .500 record is part of what got the last two Raider coaches fired.
The final name that cropped up today was the first Packer in whom McKenzie has been reported as showing interest. Jason LaCanfora reported the Raiders are interested in speaking with Packers' offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. No word on whether an interview has been arranged as of yet. It could just be speculation on the part of LaCanfora, but it makes sense. Philbin has garnered interest from the Dolphins for their head coaching vacancy as well.
This makes six confirmed interviews and eight potential head coaching candidates thus far. Others to be interviewed include Todd Bowles, Dennis Allen, Mike McCoy, and Pete Carmichael, Jr, with potential candidates including Winston Moss and Dom Capers.
Expect to see several more candidates reveal themselves tomorrow. No telling how long until McKenzie's "gut" tells him who his man will be.
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Reggie will make the HC choice and if he is to be taken at his word the HC will choose out from there. Like the man said "Watch the Raiders change right before your eyes." There will never be another Raiders organization like the one we just watched pass away. The resurrection of this franchise will either be a cookie cutter NFL outfit or something completely different. I am hoping for the latter.
I like Dennis Allen (unproven, but has done well everywhere he has gone)
I'm not keen on Todd Bowles - only 4 years in the NFL basically.
Mike McCoy - I'm not convinced. You know, he was Jake Delhomme's passing guru..........great job there Mike! Sure, he is a great rushing coach, but I'm not sure that's enough in modern NFL, when you've just invested 2 picks in a big armed passer. Not a great fit.
Pete Carmichael, Jr - probably one of my top picks. He's been a winner everywhere he's gone. Not a proven failure at HC (like some candidates). Everywhere the guy goes, he's working on the league's top offense.
Winston Moss - I'm open on this guy. Doesn't have a great deal on his resume. Career assistant thus far. But you know, sometimes you have to get these guys early, before they become a star coordinator, and half the league wants them.
Dom Capers - I'm actually open to this guy. I think he'd be a good fit. You know, his HC record is terrible, but remember, both times he was coaching teams brand new to the league. These teams have no chance of winning for years...........He did a great DC job at Pittsburgh and Green Bay. I'd personally be excited to see a real 3-4 defensive guru taking over the team. It's exactly what we need. Plus, he's experienced, and would demand immediate respect in the locker room.
@ChristopherMooney That was also my thing about Capers too. I knew that he can't be faulted too much for leading struggling teams when they are brand new expansion teams. It's not like when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. The Ravens is technically an expansion team, but it kept all the player contracts from when they were in Cleveland. The Panthers and Texans had to essentially start from scratch, which is not easy.
Also, not to forget that the guy that the Texans had drafted first in the expansion draft was supposed to be their franchise LT. However, Tony Boselli was recovering from a shoulder injury that ultimately ended his career before he even got to play a down with the Texans. For the longest time, the Texans OLine was the worst in the history of the league. I think David Carr was sacked like 350 times in his five years in Houston and that is not exaggeration. Hard for any coach to win games in those circumstances.
The Panthers actually had a pretty sweet deal when it came to expansion. The league made it so hard for Tampa and Seattle to compete on the previous round of expansion that they went too far in the other direction by the time Jax and Carolina came up. That's why both teams made it to the championship round within a couple years - because they were given such favorable expansion rosters/draft picks.
Personally, I'd love to have Capers for DC, but not as HC. I believe he's a Wade Phillips / Norv Turner type - a great coordinator, but not the guy you want calling all the shots.
But - obviously - that's jmho.
@ChristopherMooney I would also prefer getting a 3-4 HC as I deem defense to be the biggest weakness of our football team right now. If we do not keep Saunders, and I hope that we do, then it'd be nice to get Carmichael as OC if possible. But I can see that most of the offensive coaching staff could be kept cuz if it ain't broke, why fix it? However the defense is broke, badly.
To the extent appropriate, I think they should make sure the Palmer is on board. We need a QB who is in charge of the locker room and is as invested as possible. Ideally I like the idea of getting Moss, going to a 3-4, and keeping Al Saunders. Hopefully he a Palmer can develope consistency from last year and it can help McClain become close to the dominant lb we thought we had.
I agree - the media love knocking guys down. When I watched Palmer this season, I saw a guy who can make ALL the throws. He was a bit rusty, but he was making throws only the best arms can make.
He's an absolute cert for 4'000+ yards 25+ touchdowns next season if he plays most of it.
Making Oakland have their best QB position in a decade. You know, is it worth 2 picks? debatable. But the truth is, teams spend so much time overthinking this stuff, that they don't end up with anyone.
Look at Chicago with Cutler. Do his numbers represent value for what they paid? probably not. But they sure as hell have a much better offense than they've had for 25 years because of the move.
Truth is, if Palmer passes for 4'000+ yards, and loses 9, he'll be deemed a dud
If he passes for 3'000 yards and they win 10, he'll be deemed a franchise QB (see Alex Smith)It's all about winning at the end of the day.
We need an offensive minded coach!!! Carmichael is my first pick and I like the sound of Mornhinweg, though I hate trying to spell his name...So far, there is a pretty good group of guys, but I hope McKenzie's gut steers him towards offensive production first and foremost....
offense was not the problem. 30th ranked defense was. Hue trusted a man he didn't hire to run the defense without knowing crap about that side of the ball(neither he or Chucky did in fact) ... Harbaugh is succeeding in SF because their defense was already SOLID except for a few pieces that had to be brought in. all he had to do was worry about Alex Smith and the way he ran the offense. Hue and Harbaugh are both bigtime offensive minded coaches... and Jim is succeeding because he had the luxury of that front 7 compared to ours. unfortunately, we had McClain instead of Willis running the show....
I'd prefer a defensive head coach.
You're right - SF had a super talented defense even under Samurai Mike. They have been a top 10 D for 3-4 years.
Harbaugh works sort of like Gruden worked in Tampa - bringing in an offensive guru to make something out of average offensive talent (to complement the killer D)
Oakland need the opposite. The offense has put up big yards, and points for the last 2 years. It's performing well.
Next season, I'd predict we will be one of the most talented rushing teams in the league, and Carson Palmer will also pass for 4'000 yards +
If you're still losing with those numbers, it aint the offense that is the problem. It's the D.
Seriously, Oakland are an exact replica of the Texans last year. Talented offense, clueless D.
If they can bring in a Wade Phillips type guru, they could easily win 10-11+ games next year
Alot of assistant quality names being thrown around. I live in Minnesota and got a first hand view of Tice and I don't even think he is O-coordinator material. Perhaps Reggie already knows who his head coach will be and he is using the guise of a head coaching vacancy to interview potential coordinators and position coaches.