NFC North: Kevin Gilbride
Sorry for the late start here Friday morning. Circumstances prevailed. Such is life.
Topping the NFC North storylines is a piece from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who reports that Green Bay assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss is scheduled to interview with Oakland owner Al Davis for the Raiders' open head coaching job. The meeting, expected to occur in person, likely will happen this weekend.
Moss will be the third known candidate for the Raiders' job, along with New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Oakland interim coach Tom Cable. (Gilbride interviewed by phone.) Moss played for the Raiders from 1991-94 and is considered a future head coach by many in the NFL. He also has interviewed for St. Louis' vacant head coaching job and is one of two defensive assistants the Packers didn't fire after a 6-10 season.
While Moss is highly regarded, it appears he does not have a strong chance to be the Packers' next defensive coordinator. Coach Mike McCarthy interviewed former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan on Thursday and is also giving consideration to former Jacksonville defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Continuing around the division:
- If the Packers are serious about Williams, they likely will need to interview him over the weekend, notes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Williams already has interviewed with New Orleans and is being pursued by Houston as well.
- Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com articulates what some in the Bears organization have not: "Moving forward, the Bears need to resuscitate their pass rush and get better play from their secondary."
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press writes that it's too early for naming front-runners for the Lions' head coaching job. There are some who believe Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has emerged from the pack, but the Lions haven't finished their first round of interviews yet.
- David Birkett of the Oakland Press believes it's more likely the Lions will hire a coach with a defensive background.
- Minnesota coach Brad Childress and two of his players downplayed a Yahoo.com report that the Vikings' sideline was in "total disarray" during Sunday's wild-card playoff loss to Philadelphia. Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune have their reactions.
- Childress is poised to retain his entire coaching staff unless one of his assistants is offered a promotion elsewhere, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.