Winston Moss says his four seasons with the Raiders were some of the best times of his 11-year career as an NFL linebacker.
And if Moss’ old team calls, he’ll listen.
The Green Bay Packers assistant head coach says he has not been contacted about the Raiders’ head coaching vacancy as of Monday afternoon but would welcome the chance to talk to them.
“If the Raiders were to call and ask, I’ll be ready to speak with them,” said Moss, who also coaches the Packers’ inside linebackers. “But nothing’s changed from last week. I feel good where I’m at. If there’s an opportunity that comes up in the future, we’ll probably cross that bridge at that time. But at this present time, right now, not a lot to talk about.”
Now that the Packers’ season is over, thanks to Sunday’s stunning 37-20 loss to the New York Giants, Moss and a few of his fellow Green Bay assistant coaches may draw additional interest from other teams looking for coaches.
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching vacancy and could attract interest from other teams. Philbin was back with the Packers for Sunday’s game after spending last week away from the team to mourn the death of his 21-year-old son, Michael.
Beyond Moss and Philbin, the names of Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and secondary/safeties coach Darren Perry also are being linked to other NFL jobs.
“It’s part of the process,” Clements said. “You see what happens. There’s some uncertainty about it, but you have a place here in Green Bay and it’s a very good place to be. So if you’re mentioned for jobs, it’s a compliment. But until something happens, that’s all it is.”
There’s a natural connection between the Packers and Raiders now that longtime Packers executive Reggie McKenzie has taken over as the Raiders’ general manager and fired coach Hue Jackson.
And Moss played for the Raiders from 1991-94.
“At the time, Al Davis was there, Art Shell was my coach,” Moss said. “And we had good times. I had some of my better times as a player in the National Football League with the Raiders.”
But Moss knows things have changed since Davis’ death.
“I think whatever I’ve taken from the past with the Raiders, and Al Davis not being there any more, you’ve got to say going forward that it’s going to be different,” Moss said. “it’s going to be different from the standpoint of, Reggie wants to go in a new direction, so I’ll sit down and speak with Reggie to get his vision, what direction he wants the organization to go in. That’s going to play a lot in to it.”
Moss aspires to be a head coach, and has spent time thinking about how he’d approach the job.
“There’s always opportunities to put yourself in the same position as a head coach would and see how you would do things or what you would change or what you would add or what you would take away,” Moss said. “So with that being said, I’ve done that, I feel good about the vision, the goals, the beliefs that can be instilled within an organization that would give me the opportunity to be a head coach.”
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