Winston Moss

Moss

Green Bay Packers assistant coaches [intlink id="304" type="category"]Winston Moss[/intlink] and [intlink id="462" type="category"]Darren Perry[/intlink] were supposedly hot coaching commodities during the offseason.

Both coaches were mentioned in conjunction with several defensive coordinator openings, but nothing materialized for either. The Packers were lucky to keep both Moss and Perry in their current positions of assistant head coach and safeties coach, respectively, but both were passed over for promotions when defensive coordinator jobs remained open after the Super Bowl.

The Raiders, who both men have ties to, didn’t fill their defensive coordinator opening until March. Moss and Perry were also passed over by Arizona and Philadelphia.

Does that mean they’re not quite ready for prime time?

Not in the eyes of ESPN, who listed Moss and Perry among their top 10 rising assistant coaches.

What the hell does that mean, exactly?

Well, to be considered rising, you have to have the potential to one day get a head coaching job. In other words, you’re not [intlink id="305" type="category"]Dom Capers[/intlink], who looks like he’ll end his career as a really good defensive coordinator.

Moss finished sixth in the rankings and Perry finished 10th. The Packers were the only team to put two men in the top 10.

The list was led by New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who could be a head coach by this time next year.

Moss and Perry still have a little way to go, but in some circles, they’re still hot commodities.