Contradicting previous reports that the Oakland Raiders had focused their head-coaching search exclusively on Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, a report by CSN Bay Area says there are actually three remaining candidates for the job. Allen is one of the reported candidates, but he is joined by Green Bay Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss, as well as an unnamed candidate.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has said the coaching search is close to finished and that a final decision could come as soon as Saturday.
The presence of Moss, himself a former Raiders linebacker, is further evidence that the team is looking to hire a defensive-minded coach to replace Hue Jackson. Every coach the Raiders have hired since John Madden in 1969 has come from the offensive side of the ball. Despite an 8-8 record last year, the Raiders were 29th in both points and yards allowed.
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