Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Updated: January 12, 7:53 AM ET
Source: Raiders, Todd Bowles to talk
ESPN.com news services
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he already has a short list of potential coaching candidates and would like to fill the position as soon as possible.
McKenzie has made plans to interview Todd Bowles, who had been Miami's secondary coach before taking over as interim coach for the final three games of the season, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
McKenzie, who began his playing career as a linebacker with the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, returns to the franchise as general manager after having been schooled for nearly two decades in the ways of the Green Bay Packers. It's that model that he will try to replicate in Oakland as he aims to restore the Raiders to a level they haven't reached during a nine-year playoff drought.
McKenzie signed his contract with the Raiders on Tuesday and immediately fired coach Hue Jackson. His next task will be to bring in a new coach that he hopes he can work with in a fashion similar to the relationships between Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy that led to Super Bowl titles in Green Bay.
"I only know one way," McKenzie said at his introductory news conference. "I've been working at it for the last 18 years and it started with Ron Wolf, what he implemented in Green Bay. I saw how it works. That's the only way I saw and that's the only way I know."
With some current Packers assistants such as linebackers coach Winston Moss, secondary coach Darren Perry and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, possibly on that list, McKenzie may need to wait until Green Bay's season ends to make a move.
Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst and The Associated Press contributed to this report.