The Detroit Lions are moving quickly in lining up candidates to replace fired coach Jim Caldwell. One of those candidates will be Green Bay Packers assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 1, 2018
Moss has had interviews for head coaching openings in the past, so this is nothing new. We have to wonder if teams shy away from Packers coaches because of the lack of success among Mike McCarthy’s assistants.
Moss has been with the Packers since 2006. He received the extra title of assistant head coach in 2017 after Tom Clements’ departure.
One interesting element at play here is the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for top jobs, such as head coach and general manager. The first two interviews the Lions lined up were with the New England Patriots coordinators — Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. Both are white.
Considering Moss has been interviewed for head coaching jobs multiple times and never seems to really be in the running, you have to wonder if he’s not just the token Rooney Rule guy.