Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Black and Blue all over: W. Moss and the Raiders
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Green Bay assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss interviewed Monday for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching job, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It was Moss' second interview of the offseason.
Moss is generally considered a young but promising candidate. He apparently did not make the final round for the St. Louis Rams' open job, but the unpredictability of Raiders owner Al Davis make Moss as likely as anyone else to get the Raiders job.
Oakland was initially interested in interviewing Moss to be their defensive coordinator. Moss' agent, Jack Bechta, told the Journal Sentinel that Moss is interested in the Packers' defensive coordinator job as well. But at the very least, it appears Moss is not the first choice of coach Mike McCarthy.
If he were, it's likely Moss would have been promoted already. Instead, the Packers have interviewed Mike Nolan and Gregg Williams for the job and might be waiting on Philadelphia defensive backs coach Sean McDermott, who is not eligible to take the job until after the Eagles' season is over. The Packers likely will reject overtures from other teams interested in Moss as their defensive coordinator, essentially making him their fallback choice.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Williams, who has received interest from Houston, New Orleans and the Packers, likely will wait to see if Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz leaves the Titans before making a decision. If Schwartz leaves, Williams could replace him, according to Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
- Former Chicago special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo, now with Baltimore, had some interesting comments on WMVP-AM in Chicago on Monday, according to Carol Slezak of the Chicago-Sun-Times. Among them: "We had a great team when I was in Chicago. I loved, loved, loved my teammates in Chicago, but something was missing. Maybe we were a bit too cool in Chicago. Or we just didn't give it our hearts and soul. Whereas here, with [middle linebacker] Ray Lewis being that emotional leader and as spiritual as he is, it takes us over the top with that emotional advantage we have over every other team on Sundays.''
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune argues that the Bears would be wrong to base their 2009 season upon upgrading at quarterback. Defense, not quarterback play, have been the key to the 2008 playoffs, Haugh writes.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com recounts Schwartz's day in Detroit. The Lions are expected to conduct at least three more interviews before making a final decision on their next head coach.
- Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be in Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with the Rams' ownership group. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune sets up the day. Frazier is one of five finalists for the Rams' job.