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POSTED January 17, 2012 8:12 p.m.

ALAMEDA — McKenzie's short list of candidates to fill the Oakland Raiders' vacant head coaching job has grown by another name.

The Raiders' new general manager has been given permission to interview Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for the job, a person with knowledge of the request said on condition of anonymity because the team was not publicizing candidates. NFL Network first reported Mornhinweg's candidacy.

McKenzie officially began his job with the Raiders last Tuesday and immediately fired coach Hue Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season on the job. At the time, McKenzie said he had a "short list" of potential candidates to fill the opening.

He has already interviewed former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles and been given permission to interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, and New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

McKenzie, who had been director of football operations in Green Bay before taking over the Raiders, is also believed to be interested in interviewing some of his former colleagues on the Packers. Linebackers coach Winston Moss, who played four seasons with the Raiders, has expressed interest in the job.

Other potential candidates in Green Bay include offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Dom Capers, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and secondary coach Darren Perry.

Capers and Mornhinweg are the only people on that list with previous NFL head coaching experience. Mornhinweg spent two years with the Detroit Lions, putting together a 5-27 record before being fired after the 2002 season. He has spent the past nine seasons as an offensive assistant with the Eagles, including the past six as offensive coordinator.

Philadelphia was fifth in the league in scoring (25.1 points per game) and third in total yardage (372.7 per game) during his tenure.

Mornhinweg has ties to the Bay Area, having gone to high school in San Jose and having spent four seasons as an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers.

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