Has Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emerged as one of the favorites to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders?
That seems to be the case from a variety of reports over the weekend following Mornhinweg's interview with new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Friday. ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing multiple sources said Mornhinweg was "impressive" in the interview. The National Football Post's Dan Pompei said Mornhinweg is a "strong candidate."
Mornhinweg worked with McKenzie in Green Bay and was the quarterbacks coach when the Packers won the Super Bowl with Brett Favre.
The candidates are almost split evenly with those with an offensive background and those with a defensive background, but reports in the Bay Area suggest McKenzie and Mark Davis, Al's son, might be looking for an offensive coach. The presumed favorite had been Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports there are "whispers" that the Raiders would like to have a coach in place by the end of the week. ESPN also reported that timetable.
Three others have already interviewed -- Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles, Saints offensive coordinator Peter Carmichael Jr. and Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who is scheduled for a second interview this week at the Senior Bowl, according to ESPN. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice is scheduled to interview tomorrow at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. The Raiders also have received permission to talk to Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, according to CBS' Charley Casserly, although that interview has not happened.
Mornhinweg is from the Bay Area and spent four years on the coaching staff of the 49ers before his ill-fated turn as head coach of the Detroit Lions.