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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Packers' loss could be Raiders' gain

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Green Bay Packers' unexpected pain may be the Oakland Raiders' unexpected gain.

With No. 1 seed -- and Super Bowl favorite -- Green Bay being shocked at home by the New York Giants on Sunday, the Raiders are now free to pursue any Green Bay assistant coach for their head-coaching opening.

Former Green Bay executive Reggie McKenzie was recently hired as the Raiders’ general manager. Among the candidates he could interview to replace the fired Hue Jackson includes Packers’ assistant Winston Moss, Dom Capers, Joe Philbin and Darren Perry. Former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles was interviewed Friday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Sunday that the Raiders were expected to interview four candidates.

It was thought that the Raiders’ search could be delayed by the Packers’ season because no coach can be hired until after his season is over.

Well, the Packers are in the books, so McKenzie is free to plunder from his old home if he wishes.