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Packers Fire Associate Head Coach Winston Moss

Joe Philbin has made his first move as interim head coach. The Packers announced that they’ve “parted ways” with associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that it was Philbin’s decision to make the move.

“We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said Philbin. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”

Following an 11-year playing career, Moss joined the Seahawks as a defensive quality control assistant back in 1998. He spent half-a-decade with the Saints before moving on to the Packers, where he had been coaching since 2006. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy promoted Moss to assistant head coach in 2007, and Moss was the only major defensive coach to keep his job following mass firings after the 2008 campaign.

Moss has played a major role in developing many of the Packers’ notable linebackers, including Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and A.J. Hawk. Moss also earned praise for transitioning Julius Peppers to a 3-4 outside linebacker. The 52-year-old coached Team Irvin during the 2016 Pro Bowl, and he interviewed for the Lions head coaching gig this past offseason.

Packers Interview Three Assistants For DC

The Packers’ search for a new defensive coordinator is getting started. And the early interview list has some striking similarities to the GM queue. Winston Moss (vertical)

Assistant coaches Winston Moss, Darren Perry, and Joe Whitt will interview to become the new DC, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Thursday. McCarthy stressed the importance of the job while noting that the team will also consider external candidates.

The defense needs to be better than the offense,” McCarthy said (via Rob Demovsky of “I mean, that has to happen. So you’ve got four ways to do it. You get player acquisition, player instruction, player finance — who you pay to build your roster — and player performance. I mean, there’s so many things out there that we can advance in as far as analytics, more science, we have a strong history of developing young players, maximizing their abilities. But we can always get better, and that’s really where I’m at with it. So the defense, we need to, we need to be better.

Moss, 53, is also up for the Lions’ head coaching vacancy. Like Moss, Perry and Whitt have been with the organization for years and offer familiarity with the system put in place by former DC Dom Capers.

Lions Interview Packers’ Winston Moss

The Lions interviewed Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss on Thursday, according to a team announcement. As shown on PFR’s Head Coaching Search Tracker, Moss is the fourth candidate to sit for an interview, following Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Detroit offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl AustinWinston Moss (vertical)

The jump from positional coach to head coach is not unprecedented, but Moss may have a hard time selling the Lions on himself when going up against candidates with coordinator and even head coaching experience. Moss is the only known candidate for Detroit without at least having served as a coordinator. Fellow candidate Pat Shurmur is a former HC, though he owns a lifetime record of 10-23 and has not held that job in a full-time capacity since the 2012 season.

So far, the Lions are the only squad to have requested a head coaching interview with Moss. If he does not land the Detroit job, he may want to send his resume elsewhere given the upheaval in Green Bay.

Lions To Interview Packers’ Winston Moss

The Lions have secured permission to interview Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Moss’ interview will come after Teryl Austin‘s meeting with the team on Tuesday. Winston Moss (vertical)

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If he lands the job, Moss’ departure will leave another significant hole on the Packers’ coaching staff. This week, the Packers canned defensive coordinator Dom Capers as well as two other defensive assistants.

Moss has been a staple of the Packers’ coaching staff since he was brought aboard in 2006. Prior to that, he spent time with the Saints and Seahawks. He was considered for the Raiders’ head coaching position in 2012, but the team ultimately went with Dennis Allen.

In addition to Austin and Moss, the Lions also intend to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.