A new report has surfaced that the Oakland Raiders apparently broke anti-tampering rules when they interviewed Green Bay Packers inside linebacker and assistant head coach Winston Moss for their vacant head coaching position.
Some bring up the point that if the Packers allowed the Raiders to talk to Moss, it is their own fault and no blame is placed upon the Raiders for their actions. And while that may be true to an extent, I have a couple of issues with how this entire situation occurred.
The first of which is…even if the Packers gave permission to the Raiders, does that alone offset breaking the rules? If I give you permission to run through traffic lights, can you still get pulled over and ticketed for the infraction? Does it make the action any more right or wrong?
I would lean towards no, but will allow you to form your own opinion on the matter.
The next issue I take with this process is the fact that Moss even accepted an interview one day prior to the Packers' home playoff game versus the New York Giants.
The fact that the Packers assistant head coach took a four-year interview a day before a playoff game in which all of his attention should be devoted is a bit alarming. Where is the loyalty or focus? Moss may have been the front-runner since Reggie McKenzie was hired, but there is a point where he needs to stop self-promoting and be a professional.
Moss was and remains under contract for the Green Bay Packers. And as long as their season is still in process, all of his efforts should be put towards making sure his players are at their absolute best—both physically and mentally. The disloyalty that Moss showed by taking an interview so close to kickoff just proves that he is not ready for the move to head coach in the National Football League.
Nobody could hold it against the Packers if they decided to allow Moss to walk this offseason. It may be unlikely, but nobody should be surprised if it were to transpire. Moss would definitely find a new job, and quickly. He’s guided two absolutely stellar linebackers for the Packers in Nick Barnett (now of the Buffalo Bills) and his successor, Desmond Bishop.
Is it a coincidence that while the Packers assistant head coach was off looking for his next paycheck, the players for Green Bay had one of their worst outings in two calendar years? The very next day the Packers players looked unmotivated and unfocused towards the goal that they have been working towards since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy a little over a year ago.
Possibly unfortunately for the Packers, it was reported by NFL.com that Moss’ interview with the Raiders didn’t go particularly well. The chances of him being a head coach in the NFL next season, or even ever, dropped significantly. A coach has to have some serious concerns when they fail to impress a friend and former colleague as their interviewer (Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie).
Call it karma.