The Oakland Raiders' decision to fire coach Hue Jackson seems likely to impact the NFC North in a substantive way. The move confirms that new general manager Reggie McKenzie has been granted substantial authority by owner Mark Davis, and makes it likely that several Green Bay Packers assistant coaches will be candidates for the job.
There is no guarantee that McKenzie will hire someone from the Packers organization, but he spent the past 17 years in Green Bay and established some deep relationships as a matter of course. The Packers have two assistants with ties to the Raiders -- assistant head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss and safeties coach Darren Perry -- and my understanding is that McKenzie also has a strong friendship with offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
It's not clear how Philbin's family tragedy this week would impact his availability if McKenzie is interested. But Moss, who played for the Raiders from 1991-94, has long been considered a future head coach. Perry, a Raiders assistant from 2007-08, is also well regarded.
We'll keep you updated. McKenzie is scheduled to have his introductory news conference later Tuesday.