When the Raiders brought in former Packers' Director of Football Operations, Reggie McKenzie, as their general manager, he promptly fired head coach Hue Jackson. McKenzie then said he wanted to bring in "one of his guys" as the next coach. But if his guy was to come from the Packers, it would have to wait for their season to end first. With the Packers' loss to the Giants on Sunday, that time has come.
When reports originally surfaced that Reggie McKenzie would be hired as the Raiders' GM, there were thoughts that at very least he would bring some of the Packers' defensive coaches to Oakland with him. It was the Raiders' defense that ultimately let them down this season and Hue Jackson all but fired defensive coordinator, Chuck Bresnahan, in his firey postgame press conference following the season ending loss to the Chargers.
Well, since his firing, that coaching search turned into an entire staff. That meant that the Super Bowl Champion Packers staff was where McKenzie would go first to pluck a head coach and perhaps several coordinators and/or position coaches.
The name that has long swirled in Oakland is Winston Moss. He has been the Packers' linebackers coach and assistant head coach for the past five seasons. He was a top choice last offseason to be the Raiders' next defensive coordinator but opted to stay with the Packers. Now he is being mentioned as the top candidate for the head coaching position in Oakland — a job he is not expected to turn down.
Moss, like McKenzie, is a former Raider linebacker. He succeeded McKenzie in the Raiders' defensive backfield. Between McKenzie's time and Moss' time, the Raiders switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense. However, Moss has coached the linebackers in the Packers' 3-4 defense for the past six seasons.
While Moss was the assistant head coach in Green Bay, his defensive coordinator has been Dom Capers, who has lately been mentioned as another top candidate for the Raiders' head coaching position. Capers has been a head coach twice in the NFL but without much success.
Capers seems to be the guy teams want to start their franchises with, which has contributed somewhat to his poor record as a head coach. He was the coach of the Carolina Panthers in their inaugural season and coached there for five years. Then in 2002, he was brought in as the guinea pig for the newly formed Houston Texans. He was given four years in Houston before being fired there as well.
It is difficult to judge Capers on his record because of the ill-fated situations in which he was placed. But to his credit, he took the Panthers to the NFC Championship in just their second season of existence. He has a respectable 30-34 record with the Panthers with nothing but castoff youth with which to work. His time in Houston was marred by a terrible offensive line and David Carr as their number one pick to start out the franchise. If McKenzie chooses to go with Capers for the Raiders' fresh start, I would trust his judgment.
If Moss or Capers assumes the head coaching job, they could very well bring a coach or a few from the Packers' staff along with them. Several names have been bandied about from that staff. If Capers is given the head coaching position, there is still a possibility that Moss could come along as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tom Clements is the Packers' quarterbacks coach and his name has been mentioned as the Raiders' next offensive coordinator. He has held the position with the Packers for six seasons, and is credited with the development of All Pro quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Under offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the Packers have run a West Coast offense which means we could see the same in Oakland if he is hired.
Clements has been an offensive coordinator once before in his career for two seasons in Buffalo (2004-2005). In his first season, with Drew Bledsoe as his quarterback, the Bills went 9-7. The next season, with the QB position in flux, the team dropped to 5-11 and the entire staff was gutted.
Darren Perry has been mentioned as a possible for the Raiders' defensive coordinator position. He has been the Packers' secondary coach for the past three seasons. Prior to that he was the defensive backs coach for the Raiders and prior to that he was with the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers. This means that in his 10 year coaching career, he has been on two Super Bowl winning teams.
Other coaches out there not on the Packers' staff include Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, and Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. Del Rio, Spagnuolo, and Nolan would be considered more as defensive coordinators than head coaches.
But regardless of where the Raiders look for their head coaching position, the decision was not going to be made until McKenzie did his due diligence. And that diligence included one or more of the Packers' current staff. Now that their season is over, the interviews will begin post haste and the Raiders' coaching staff will begin filling out. Starting with the head coach.
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I wouldn't mind if Moss was named head coach, but I would hope that McKenzie would offer a guy like Cower a huge contract to try to lure him into Oakland. Cower, in my opinion, would be the best fit of any coach on the market, even though there is still considerable doubt that he would even want to coach. If the price is right, though, I am sure he would definitely listen, and hopefully Reggie just won't be a homer and bring in a guy like Capers, who I am not a fan of at all. DylanAlexander is right on the money when he mentioned that Capers ran a statistically worse defense than Bresnahan, and there is no way in Hell that I would want Capers anywhere near the Raider sidelines, especially with the kind of defense he ran in Green Bay...The talent on the Raiders is among the highest in the NFL, and honestly, who better than Cower to light the fire of the players and bring out the most of their incredible potential.....
@Spartacus Cohwer isn't coming leave him and Gruden where they are two huge egos that will be seeking more power then they need it's a new day.
I'm ok if it's Moss with Perry as DC. I don't know why we would hire Capers who statistically ran a defence that was worse than Brens. I wouldn't mind picking up who ever runs the defence in S.F, those guys were hitting anything that moved. Hopefully we get out staff this week, I'm dieing to know who it will be.
If Moss is given the HC position (who BTW I would be quite happy with) I would rather see an experienced DC (Mike Nolan would be awesome) as both Moss and Perry have zero experience as a DC and that could cause a few headaches. Perry could be still picked up as some sort of coach (maybe even given the "Assistant HC" tittle to ensure it's a "promotion") and be then groomed to be Nolan's successor. Nolan lately seems to be enjoying going to different teams for a one / two seasons, turning their defenses around and then going onto a new challenge.
@nilbymouth I agree, I think Mike is the best on the market right now. If Miami let's Bowlen go, he'd be a good pick up as well. I sure hope we keep Al Sunders to run the Offence.
Am I the only one that remembers Gruden only had two good seasons and other then winning with Dungy's team he got fired from Tampa?
@LeviDamien levi, how u been? Haven't talked to u in a long while
@raidersbuzztap ..search is over..bring Chuckie back ..#grudenforthenation