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Moss: Jim Johnson Was Major Influence

Packers assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Winston Moss is reportedly one of the candidates for the Eagles' defensive coordinator position.

At the Super Bowl Media Day, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer caught up with Moss, who expressed his desire to be a defensive coordinator and praised the late Jim Johnson, with whom he worked for in Seattle.

McLane tweeted that Moss said he can coach a 4-3 scheme because he has worked in that defense before. The Packers, like their Super Bowl opponent Steelers, run a 3-4. The Eagles reportedly want to keep a 4-3 defense, but are open to 3-4 coaches.

Moss and Johnson worked together in Seattle in 1998 where Johnson was the linebackers coach. Moss started his coaching career that season as a defensive quality control assistant. Moss told McLane that Johnson allowed him to thrive in that role and is a major influence in how he coaches today. Moss added that he would "adopt some of JJ's tactics" if he became a defensive coordinator.

A veteran of 11 NFL seasons as a player, Moss played for the Buccaneers, Raiders and Seahawks. He played in a total of 155 NFL games (146 starts) and recorded 768 tackles, 20.5 sacks, six interceptions and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Moss was named the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award while with the Raiders in 1993. He was a three-time defensive captain and earned the 1996 NFL Players Association's Unsung Hero Award with Seattle.

After a year with the Seahawks, Moss was hired in 2000 by the Saints as a defensive assistant/quality control coach. He was promoted to linebackers coach at the end of his first season with the team. After six years with the Saints, the Packers hired Moss to be their linebackers coach and he added the title of assistant head coach one year later. When Kevin Greene was added to the coaching staff in 2009, Moss' focus shifted towards the inside linebackers.

If the Eagles have any interest in Moss or any coach from either the Packers or the Steelers, they must wait until after the Super Bowl to conduct an interview. The Eagles interviewed Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke on Monday and previously interviewed former Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen, who decided to take the defensive coordinator job with John Fox's staff in Denver.

Another name from the Packers' staff that has been mentioned as a possible candidate is defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, who was once the defensive line coach in Philadelphia and the defensive coordinator in Carolina. Trgovac told McLane on Tuesday that he expects to be in Green Bay next season, but added that he will be a defensive coordinator again. Trgovac reportedly wants to remain in Green Bay until his daughter finishes high school.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:50 a.m., February 1

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