AFC West: Todd Bowles

Go a Moment in Time with Elway

January, 30, 2012
Please check out our Moment in Time piece on the John Elway “helicopter” play that propelled the Denver Broncos to their upset win over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII 14 years ago and gave the franchise their first Super Bowl title.

Elway and other key figures in the play discuss it as we mark the start of another Super Bowl week. Please check it out.

In other AFC West news:

Former Miami Dolphins assistant Todd Bowles joined the Philadelphia Eagles staff. He was a head-coaching candidate in Oakland. reported that Bowles turned down an unspecified job on the Raiders’ staff. There was little chance Bowles would join the team after being turned down for the head-coaching job.

Tebow-mania hit the Pro Bowl.
It appears Raider Nation is satisfied with the team’s decision to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach.

Tuesday morning, we listed five choices in a poll of candidates for the job, asking readers to vote on who they wanted to become Oakland’s head coach. Tuesday night, Allen was hired by the team.

We kept the poll going into Wednesday to monitor the pulse of the voters. As of 2:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, Allen received 36 percent of the vote. Green Bay assistant Winston Moos received 29 percent, Saints’ offensive coordinator and Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg each had 13 percent of the vote and former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles received nine percent of the vote.

Moss was considered an early favorite, but, in the end, it was Allen who emerged as a surprise choice in Oakland and it seems like many Oakland fans are pleased with the choice. Thanks to everyone who played along.
Earlier Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported the Oakland Raiders are focusing on Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

They reported that the team and Allen are trying to take the final steps to making Allen the Raiders’ coach. They reported that candidates Marty Mornhinweg and Mike Tice were told Oakland is going in another direction.

Later Tuesday, CSN Bay Area reported the Raiders are considering Allen, Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss and a mystery candidate. The report said New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael has also been told he not be the head coach in Oakland.

Other candidates named for the job are former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. However, McCoy backed out of his interview in Oakland to concentrate on a second interview in Miami. He did not get that job.

I know what many of you may be thinking when you read the “mystery” candidate? It is Jon Gruden? I know many Oakland fans would want nothing more to see Gruden head back to Oakland. But I’d still characterize that chance as a long shot. I heard Tuesday former Baltimore coach Brian Billick would be interested to returning to the sideline if the right job opened. However, it is not clear if Oakland would have interest.

The bottom line is, these report are indications that Oakland’s 14-day search may be winding down.

UPDATE: CSN Bay Area is reporting that Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie said Allen is not a “lock” for the job. But by reading McKenzie’s comments, it is clear Allen has an opportunity to nail down this job.

Poll: Who should Oakland hire?

January, 24, 2012
New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is certainly doing his due diligence as he makes his head-coaching hire.

McKenzie has interviewed several candidates and has said he may make his hire by Saturday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is getting a second interview and that Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may also be a favorite.

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has also been mentioned as a candidate. Our polls do not hold more than five options, so he is not included in our voting -- but he could still emerge as the Raiders’ coach.

What do you think? Please take our poll on who you think should be the Raiders next head coach.

We will review the poll results Wednesday.

Winston Moss in mix in Oakland

January, 22, 2012
There’s Winston Moss.

The Green Bay linebackers coach had been considered the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders since fellow former Raiders linebacker Reggie McKenzie took over as Oakland’s general manager earlier this month.

However, Moss’ name has been absent from the interview list in Oakland – until now. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Moss actually interviewed last Saturday, the day before the Packers lost to the New York Giants.

There have been several reported interviews or planned interviews in Oakland. Joining Moss on the list are New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles and Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy backed out to concentrate on the Miami job he ended up not getting.

Schefter reports that Mornhinweg is a candidate to keep an eye on. The Bay Area native was the head coach in Detroit early last decade.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is not expected back. A natural replacement could be former Oakland coach Hue Jackson. He is a former Baltimore assistant.

AFC West notes

January, 21, 2012
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Oakland coach Hue Jackson was bypassed for the St. Louis offensive coordinator job. The paper reports new Rams coach Jeff Fisher picked former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer over Jackson.

That has to be a tough blow for a former head coach to be bypassed in favor of a former offensive coordinator. There are other offensive coordinator jobs available, so perhaps Jackson will land somewhere. As of now, there has not been any reported interest in Jackson, including in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are looking for an offensive coordinator. Friday, we suggested the Colts should consider Jackson for their head-coaching job.

In other AFC West news:

The Chicago Sun-Times identifies Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery as the favorite to become the Bears’ general manger. He has worked in Chicago in the past. Chargers executive Jimmy Raye has also interviewed for the job.

The Miami Herald reports one of the reasons Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy did not get the Dolphins’ head-coaching job -- it went to Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin -– is that he was reluctant to keep interim Dolphins coach Todd Bowles as the defensive coordinator. Bowles has interviewed in Oakland for the head-coaching job and McCoy backed out of his Oakland interview to concentrate on a second interview with the Dolphins. It’s unclear if the Raiders will look to interview McCoy at this point.

Mike McCoy bypassed in Miami

January, 20, 2012
The Miami Dolphins' head-coaching hire directly affects two AFC West teams.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins are planning to hire Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as head coach.

Philbin -- who was previously a candidate in Kansas City before the Chiefs promoted interim coach Romeo Crennel to head coach -- beat out Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles for the Dolphins’ job.

McCoy reportedly pulled out of the Oakland search to prepare for a second interview with Miami. Bowles was the first candidate Oakland interviewed last week. Philbin had been considered a potential candidate in Oakland, but he never interviewed.

It will be interesting to see if new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie reschedules his interview with McCoy. McKenzie was not pleased that McCoy backed out with Oakland. Bowles should remain a candidate in Oakland.

This may mean McCoy will stay in Denver unless another opportunity develops.

The Broncos would like to keep him. Quarterback Tim Tebow developed well under McCoy, who is considered one of the bright young offensive minds in the NFL. If a new opportunity for McCoy doesn’t come up this year, McCoy will likely be a hot head-coach candidate next season if the Broncos’ offense doesn’t regress in 2012.

Oakland candidate scorecard

January, 18, 2012
Reggie McKenzie is turning many stones.

It seems, at least once a day, a new name emerges in the new Raiders general manager's search to find a head coach in Oakland. Tuesday night, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Raiders have sought permission to interview Mike Tice — only recently promoted to the Bears' offensive coordinator position after a stint as the team’s offensive line coach.

Like Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg – whose name has surfaced as another candidate McKenzie will interview – Tice is a former NFL head coach. He led the Vikings from 2002-05.

Below is a list of the six candidates who have reportedly had or will have interviews. Keep in mind that several Green Bay assistants, including linebackers coach Winston Moss, may surface as well.

Raiders' search moves on

January, 17, 2012
The Oakland Raiders are continuing their coaching search.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting former Detroit Lions head coach and current Philadelphia Eagles assistant Marty Mornhinweg will interview for the job. He and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie worked together in Green Bay. He is the fifth name to emerge on the interview list.

Mornhinweg joins the Denver Broncos' Mike McCoy and Dennis Allen, former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael on the interview list. Some Green Bay assistants are expected to be interviewed as well. Of the five people on the list, three are offensive coaches and two are defensive coaches. Mornhinweg is the only coach on the current list with NFL head-coaching experience that wasn't on an interim basis.

Schefter is also reporting Miami is bringing back McCoy for a second interview. He interviewed with the Dolphins on Monday. He is set to interview with the Raiders on Wednesday, so there could be competition for McCoy.

Also, Schefter reports Miami is bringing back Bowles and Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin back for second interviews. Bowles has interviewed with the Raiders and Philbin is reportedly on the Raiders’ list.

Evening AFC West notes

January, 16, 2012
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports former Oakland coach Hue Jackson has talked to new St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher about becoming the Rams’ offensive coordinator.

The Rams’ offensive coordinator job is interesting because of quarterback Sam Bradford. I would think Jackson would be a strong hire for Fisher as he is an excellent offensive coach and I think he will get more head-coaching opportunities as soon as next year if he puts in a good season as a coordinator.

Green Bay assistant coach Winston Moss said he is interested in the Raiders’ head-coaching job. He has been considered a top candidate for the position. There are several candidates, including Denver's offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles.

The Chiefs expect to have a dominant defense in 2012.
Interesting names continue to pop up for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching position.

The New Orleans Saints gave Oakland permission to interview offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is aggressively pursuing replacements for Hue Jackson, who was fired last week. Former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles has also interviewed. The Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Denis Allen will interview and McKenzie, a former Green Bay executive, is expected to interview some Packers assistants as well.

Former Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October, would be proud of the Carmichael interview. He is a textbook Oakland candidate.

He is young and offensive minded. The 40-year-old Carmichael has been an assistant on some powerful offensive teams and he worked for Sean Payton, a young coach who Davis coveted at one point.

Carmichael called plays while Payton was injured earlier in the season and he is considered a coach on the rise. Davis loved finding this type of coach and now his replacement is doing the same.

Rocky Mountain Raiders?

January, 16, 2012
If you can’t beat them in a tiebreaker, join them?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Oakland Raiders will interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head-coaching opening.

It’s an interesting move by new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. His pursuit of McCoy and Allen show that McKenzie is willing to cast a wide net in his search. The former Green Bay executive is also expected to interview some Green Bay assistants. McKenzie has already interviewed former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles.

McCoy and Allen were part of Denver’s resurgence this season. The Broncos went to the playoffs after beating Oakland and San Diego for the division title in a tiebreaker. All three teams were 8-8. I’m sure both McCoy and Allen are legitimate candidates, but it will also give McKenzie a chance to pick the brains of his rivals.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ long search for a new head coach is reportedly leading them to Denver. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the Dolphins will interview McCoy this week. McCoy was set to interview in Jacksonville, but the Jaguars hired Mike Mularkey as coach before McCoy was interviewed. Allen interviewed in St. Louis before Jeff Fisher was hired.
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. is reporting Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers will be added to the list of candidates for the Oakland Raiders coaching job.

It makes sense. Basically, any quality Green Bay assistant will be considered by new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. He came from Green Bay and he will consider good people from the great organization he came from.

Capers definitely qualifies as a quality football man. Capers, 61, had four-season stints as a head coach in Carolina and in Houston. He is considered one of the best 3-4 defensive coaches in the NFL. Oakland could do a lot worse than Capers. Still, Capers can’t be hired until after the Packers’ season is over. The interview process in Oakland reportedly started Friday with former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles being interviewed.

In other AFC West news:

An ESPN Stats & Information post looks into whether Tim Tebow’s time is about to run out.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski made the Football Outsiders’ All-Pro team.

Former Jacksonville interim coach Mel Tucker is starting with the Jaguars. He had been considered a potential defensive coordinator in Kansas City. That job is taking on less of a role because coach Romeo Crennel is going to continue to call the defensive plays.
We found out three things about Reggie McKenzie on Wednesday evening.

The new Oakland general manager is not wasting any time in finding Hue Jackson’s replacement, he is not simply waiting for Green Bay assistants to become available and he is open to hiring a defensive coach.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that former Miami interim head coach Todd Bowles will be interviewed by McKenzie, who was just hired away from Green Bay to lead the Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.

I expect several candidates to emerge and Bowles is a strong candidate. He has received a lot of interest around the league and he is known as a strong up-and-comer. It is worth noting that he is a defensive specialist. The last Raiders’ coach that was a defensive-first coach was John Madden and he was hired in the early 1970s.

This is just the start of the process, but talking to Bowles is a good first move by McKenzie.

In other AFC West news:
  • Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Cassel told the Kansas City Star he is willing to compete for the starting job in 2012 if he needs to.
  • A Yahoo columnist doesn’t think much of new Oakland owner Mark Davis. In fairness, I’ve heard Davis has been impressive in his new role.