The latest round of candidates linked to the Oakland Raiders head coaching gig include a familiar name that was expected and another one that comes entirely as a surprise. Winston Moss had a four hour interview with the Raiders for their head coach opening after the firing of Hue Jackson last week and Bill Williamson reports that the team hopes to find his replacement by next week. That said, the team is also entertaining Mike Tice among other candidates.
Moss was an obvious choice for his ties to the Green Bay Packers, where the new general manager of the Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, came over from. Moss is the Packers’ assistant head coach, so his name has been linked to the Raiders since they first started the search.
Tice, on the other hand, has been a surprise among those listed. Tice was formerly head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002-05 and he is now the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, taking over for the newly retired Mike Martz.
Next up for the Raiders is an interview with Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who is scheduled to meet with Oakland officials Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.
Still, both are not considered the favorite, as that honor somehow falls on the shoulders of another. Williamson writes, “Multiple league sources believe Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has emerged as one of the favorites in Oakland.”
Apparently there’s still a fog around what to expect out of Oakland.