Sources: Raiders set to interview two
The Oakland Raiders will interview Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for their vacant head coaching position this weekend, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and will meet with Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice on Jan. 24, a league source told ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright.
Mornhinweg worked with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in Green Bay, where Mornhinweg was first an offensive assistant and then the quarterbacks coach.
Tice, 52, joined the Bears in January 2010 after spending three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was promoted from offensive line coach to Chicago's chief playcaller earlier this month after Mike Martz left the Bears' staff.
The head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2001-05, Tice never expected to receive another opportunity to be a head coach again, sources close to Tice told Wright.
Tice led the Vikings to a record of 33-34, including a 1-1 mark in the playoffs, and during the coach's tenure, the team set an NFL record for the most consecutive games with 300 yards or more on offense with 36 from 2002-2004.
The Raiders received permission Monday to interview offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
McKenzie started work with the Raiders last Tuesday. His first move was to fire coach Hue Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season as head coach. McKenzie said at the time he wanted his own guy as head coach, leading to speculation that one of his former colleagues in Green Bay could get the job.
The coaching search started last week when McKenzie interviewed former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles on Friday. Bowles was an assistant head coach and secondary coach for the Dolphins before being promoted to replace Tony Sparano, who was fired with three games left in the season. Miami went 2-1 under Bowles, who is a candidate for the full-time job there. Bowles will have a second interview with the Dolphins, a league source told Schefter.
The Raiders also interviewed Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. for the vacancy on Friday while New Orleans was in the Bay Area for Saturday's divisional playoff game against San Francisco, a league source told Schefter on Monday.
Carmichael took over play-calling duties when head coach Sean Payton broke his leg in Week 6 and Payton allowed him to continue handling the bulk of play-calling throughout the remainder of the season as the Saints set NFL records for most offensive yards and passing yards in a season.
Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss, who played four seasons with the Raiders, has expressed interest in the job.
Other potential candidates in Green Bay include offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Dom Capers, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and secondary coach Darren Perry.
Capers and Mornhinweg are the only people on that list with previous NFL head coaching experience. Mornhinweg spent two years with the Detroit Lions, putting together a 5-27 record before being fired after the 2002 season. He has spent the past nine seasons as an offensive assistant with the Eagles, including the past six as offensive coordinator.
Philadelphia was fifth in the league in scoring (25.1 points per game) and third in total yardage (372.7 per game) during his tenure.
Mornhinweg has ties to the Bay Area, having gone to high school in San Jose and having spent four seasons as an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers.
Information from ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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