From the moment Reggie McKenzie rolled into the East Bay it was widely assumed that he was going to tap Packers’ assistant head coach Winston Moss to replace Hue Jackson. Two weeks into the interviewing process and McKenzie had yet to sit with his supposed top choice. Or so we all thought…
According to a report, Moss interviewed for four hours with McKenzie last Saturday.
As surprising as that may seem what is even more amazing is that Moss did so while his team was preparing to play the Giants. As well all know that didn’t end too well for Green Bay. However Moss could land on his feet as a full fledged head coach in the NFL.
That is unless Marty Mornhinweg gets the gig. As unbelievable as it sounds, rumor is Moron-weg has a legit shot at earning himself another head coaching opportunity. You’ll excuse me while I wash the taste of vomit from my mouth…
Getting back to Moss, a couple of things come to mind with regards to his interview.
For one, it is nice to know the Raiders are still operating under the same veil of silence draped over the franchise by Al Davis. In an era when the use of the word “schism” can become a headline it is hard to believe not a single member of the press caught wind of this interview.
Secondly, the fact that Moss took four hours out of his day on the cusp of a big game might explain some of the Packers’ short comings. That team looked very unfocused and unprepared during their one-and-done playoff performance. Not placing the blame on Moss as he was not the only Packer assistant interviewing for another job. Just saying that you can’t help but feel as if some of this had a direct effect on the outcome for Green Bay.
But that is a G-Bay problem and not an East Bay problem. At least not yet…
McKenzie comes from Green Bay having built a champion from the ground up. He’s surely looking to do the same in Oakland so seeing Moss get the gig would be far from a surprise. Seeing more of the Packer principles and philosophies grafted onto the Silver and Black can be expected as well.
So in essence we could see some of those same issues with lack of focus after winning a Super Bowl should McKenzie get the Raiders back to the football summit. That is a welcomed problem to have. But before we can go there this whole process begins with finding the right coach. McKenzie need only look out his window across the Bay to see how Jim Harbaugh’s arrival turned the tide for the 9ers. He’d better make an inspired hire because another rebuild will guarantee the return of the blackout to the Black Hole.