Packers' coaches candidates for Raiders job
GREEN BAY, Wis. — When Reggie McKenzie was named the new general manager of the Raiders last week after 18 years with the Packers, it didn't take long for him to name several assistants on Green Bay's staff as potential candidates to replace the coach he quickly fired in Oakland.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, secondary coach Darren Perry and associate head coach and inside linebackers coach Winston Moss are among the names McKenzie reportedly is interested in as the successor to Hue Jackson, who presided over an 8-8 season.
On Friday, with the Packers preparing for their home playoff game against the New York Giants, all three potential candidates commented about the interest McKenzie has shown in them.
"I don't really follow that that much," Capers said. "To be honest with you, I'm the last guy to know anything like that because my head's been down trying to find a way to win this game. It's that time of the year, those things go on. When you've been doing it as long as I have, you don't pay much attention to it really."
When Capers was asked if he'd be interested, he responded: "I've said in the past that the situation would have to be right for me. I don't know much about that situation, so I haven't focused on it, so it'd be hard for me to comment."
Capers, 61, has twice been a head coach in the NFL, though with little success. He had the Carolina Panthers job from 1995-98. His only winning season was 1996, when the Panthers went 12-4 but lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He also coached the Houston Texans for their first four seasons in the NFL.
Moss is 46 years old and has been with the Packers since 2006. He played for the Raiders from 1991-94.
"With all that's going on this week, and getting ready for the playoffs, I'm not going to comment about that," Moss said. "I think at an appropriate time, I'll be able to discuss that. Right now, I think it's better that I don't really comment."
Moss added that no players have asked him about his possible future with the Raiders, saying that he would address the issue if it became a distraction.
Perry, 43, is in his third year with the Packers. He was a defensive backs coach for the Raiders in 2007 and 2008.
"It's flattering (to be considered)," Perry said. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't. But that's something that you have to talk about when the season's over with. This is a time that you can not lose focus at the job at hand. And we'd been doing ourselves a disservice if we had our minds and thoughts other places. I think I speak for our whole group here that that's been the situation."
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