The XFL is still in the process of hiring coaches and executives, and former Green Bay Packers assistant coach Winston Moss is the latest to join the league.
Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Winston, who was a linebackers coach for the Packers for 13 seasons before being fired in December, is set to be named the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s team in Los Angeles.
Moss has interviewed for several NFL head coaching jobs and was a finalist for the Detroit Lions job before they gave it to Matt Patricia. He’s an experienced coach who has ties to the LA area, as he played for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1991-1994.
Moss lost his job with the Packers after they decided to move on from Mike McCarthy. He was fired the same day he sent a tweet about Aaron Rodgers needing to be held more accountable.
The XFL is scheduled to begin play on Feb. 8, 2020.
Green Bay Packers outside linebackers coach Winston Moss was fired on Tuesday, the same day he sent a tweet about leadership for the team.
Moss had been a coach under Mike McCarthy during the former head coach’s entire Packers tenure. Early Tuesday, he sent a tweet about team leadership. He said the Packers need someone who will hold Aaron Rodgers and everybody else accountable.
9.5 hours after sending the tweet, Moss shared that he had been fired. The news was confirmed by multiple reporters.
Interim head coach Joe Philbin had the support of management in firing Moss.
There has been some thinking that Rodgers pushed for McCarthy’s firing. Moss seemed to show which side he was on.
Head coaches in the NFL and other sports have to answer questions from reporters on almost a daily basis, and that can be a tedious task. Assistants don’t have to deal with it nearly as much, but one coach from the Green Bay Packers has seemingly had enough of the media.
Earlier this offseason, Packers associate head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss seemed as irritated as possible during a scheduled press conference. One reporter, Jason Wilde, even asked Moss if the media did something to offend him. Here’s the video:
Why Moss acted the way he did remains a mystery, but it seems like the Packers want to avoid having it happen again. The team announced on Wednesday that several defensive assistants will be speaking with the media, but Moss won’t be one of them. Wilde and other Packers reporters have yet to be given an explanation as to why.
We have seen coaches and players threaten to boycott the media over the years, but there is typically a reason for it. While Moss might just hate answering questions, he has had press conferences in the past where he didn’t seem like he would rather be getting a root canal than standing at the podium. It’s probably smart of the Packers to relieve him of those duties.