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Winston Moss and Top Candidates to Replace Ex-Raiders Coach Hue Jackson

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Winston Moss of the Green Bay Packers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders fired first-year head coach Hue Jackson on Tuesday.

Here's Schefter's tweet reporting the firing:

The move came just days after the Raiders hired former Packers front-office man Reggie McKenzie to be their new general manager. It didn't take long for McKenzie to make the decision to axe Jackson, who went 8-8 in his first season, from the head coaching position.Β 

With Jackson on the way out, who might McKenzie bring in to replace him?

We'll start with Packers inside linebackers coach and assistant head coach Winston Moss. He has long been rumored as a coaching candidate in Oakland, and the move to fire Jackson opens the door for McKenzie to being Moss with him to Oakland from Green Bay.

While Moss has never been even a coordinator in the NFL, he's been one of Mike McCarthy's most trusted coaches since being promoted to assistant head coach in 2007. Moss arrived in Green Bay in 2006.

Shortly after reporting Jackson's demise, Schefter brought up both Moss and Packers secondary coach Darren Perry as replacements.

Here is that tweet:

Perry was brought to Green Bay in 2009 as the Packers were making the transition to a 3-4 defense under Dom Capers. Perry has coached the Packers secondary ever since. In the three years Perry has coached the Packers secondary, his unit leads the NFL in interceptions.

Perry also played in the NFL at safety for nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a start in Super Bowl XXX.

While I wouldn't limit McKenzie's search to just people currently in the Packers organization, there's an overwhelming sense that McKenzie will want to bring in his own guys to rebuild the Raiders franchise. Getting a head coach from the Packers only makes sense in that process.

Keep your eye on Moss and Perry as the leading candidates early on in McKenzie's effort to replace Jackson. Β 

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