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A Closer Look: Winston Moss

Winston Moss

Current job: Assistant head coach, linebackers, Green Bay Packers (2015-present).

NFL job log: Entered coaching directly in the NFL after 11 seasons as a player with the Bucs, Raiders and Seahawks. As a defensive assistant: Quality control, Seahawks (1998) and Saints (2000); linebackers, Saints (2001-05) and Packers (2006-2017); promoted to assistant head coach/linebackers (2015).

Detroit connection: Moss has no direct coaching connections, but as a player he competed against the Lions seven times from 1987-90 when the teams were rivals in the old NFC Central division.


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Specialty:** Winston compiled 20.5 career sacks as a pass-rushing linebacker, and that has been a strength of Green Bay's defenses with such linebackers as A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry and Clay Matthews. Winston has coached both inside and outside linebackers. That versatility is an asset.

Highlight: With the 2010 Packers team that won the Super Bowl, Moss was an assistant on a defense that allowed only 240 points, the fewest in Mike McCarthy's 12 seasons as head coach. Matthews had a personal-high 13.5 sacks and made the first of his six Pro Bowls.

Mike O'Hara's take: Moss has been on the staff of one of the NFL's most consistent winners. That could help him as a candidate, along with his experience in the NFC North.

Tim Twentyman's take: As a long-time Packers assistant, he knows the landscape of the NFC North. Up until this season, the Packers have enjoyed consistent success year after year, the kind of consistent success the Lions would love to have. Linebacker play is vitally important to the overall success on defense, and Moss knows the position well.

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