Source: Raiders' coaching search at 3


MOBILE, Ala. -- The Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates -- Winston Moss, Dennis Allen, and a third "mystery candidate," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. are no longer in the running, according to the same source. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice removed himself from consideration Monday night, according to reports out of Chicago.

Prior to a Senior Bowl workout Monday, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told that he was optimistic that the coaching search would conclude soon, and suggested it could happen by Saturday.

"You'll know soon enough. Soon enough," McKenzie said Monday at the airport after arriving in Alabama, adding "It could happen. It could happen by Saturday."
Allen is the current defensive coordinator with the Broncos, and Moss is the Packers' assistant head coachinside linebacker coach. Moss is a former Raiders linebacker.

The 2011 season was Allen's first as defensive coordinator in Denver. He had previously been an assistant in Atlanta and New Orleans. Last year his defense ranked 11th in the NFL.

Moss has been with the Packers for six seasons, the last four in his current position. He played for the Raiders in Los Angeles from 1991-1994.

McKenzie made it clear from the start that he planned to get a new head coach in place as soon as possible.
"I would like sooner than better," McKenzie said at his introductory media conference on Jan. 10, when asked about his hiring timeline."But if I have to wait, I'll wait. I'm going to work my tail off to hire the best coach, the best fit. And that's all that's going to matter right now. And that will start now. And however long it takes, that's how long it will take. But we want to get the right guy."

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