The Las Vegas Raiders are in turmoil, however lastly in a position to flip the nook. Jon Gruden resigned on Monday evening following 5 days of tumult, which reached a crescendo shortly earlier than Monday Night time Soccer when the New York Instances launched one other report of misogynistic, racist and homophobic emails despatched by Gruden to Bruce Allen, on the time a member of the Washington entrance workplace.
Raiders followers are prepared to maneuver previous this shameful period. Gruden’s resignation was unquestionably wanted because it grew clear he was dropping the locker room, nevertheless it’s nonetheless unneeded instability at a time the workforce had lastly grow to be poised to compete. It’s unclear if Las Vegas can get issues again on monitor this season with interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia, nevertheless it’s extraordinarily possible Las Vegas will rent a brand new coach within the offseason.
Who ought to the Raiders have a look at? Properly, it is a case the place the boring selections are the correct one.
Phil Snow, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator
Snow, who has in depth NFL and school expertise, has been hooked up to Matt Rhule’s hip because the pair labored collectively at Temple in 2013. A extremely regarded defensive coordinator, Snow added an edge to a Carolina protection this season that lacked a variety of star energy.
Don’t let Carolina’s current struggles idiot you. It is a workforce with an elite protection, and an offense that has evaporated due to Christian McCaffrey’s harm, paired with a non-existent offensive line. Snow has confirmed he can bolster a protection and lead a workforce, which is exactly what the Raiders want.
Las Vegas has among the finest offenses within the NFL, and a particularly poor protection. Snow will add the soundness the workforce wants to maneuver on from Gruden and switch the web page.
Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
This marks the third yr wherein persons are questioning how the hell Bieniemy doesn’t have a head teaching job. Interviewing for many openings over the previous two years, the offensive coordinator is liable for turning the Chiefs right into a juggernaut.
Positive, there are experiences Bieniemy doesn’t interview nicely — however who cares? The person is without doubt one of the most gifted offensive minds the league has seen within the final decade. This is able to be a rent that would bolster the Raiders’ already good offense into the stratosphere, and if he can discover a good defensive thoughts for the opposite facet of the ball, might result in one thing particular.
It’s ridiculous Bieniemy doesn’t have a job but, and in depth expertise with an in-division rival is simply the icing on the cake. This makes a ton of sense.
Don Martindale, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator
Martindale is one other coach, who like Phil Snow, would assist revitalize the Raiders protection. There’s additionally a pleasant edge right here with Martindale being the Raiders’ linebackers coach from 2004-08, and we all know Mark Davis likes to convey folks again into the fold.
The Ravens aren’t the defensive juggernaut they’ve been previously, however in a variety of methods it is because they’re nonetheless revamping their secondary and transitioning out of dropping quite a few defensive legends within the final a number of years.
It’s a rent that wouldn’t transfer the needle, however gosh — I believe the Raiders might use some boring stability.
Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator
Already one of many hottest commodities in the marketplace, Daboll elected to stick with the Payments yet one more yr in pursuit of a Super Bowl. Extensively credited for growing an offense that allowed Josh Allen to shine, Daboll comes from the Invoice Belichick teaching tree, however not like different previous failures, it appears he’s higher suited to pivot that different coaches leaving the Patriots.
There will likely be appreciable competitors for Daboll’s providers within the offseason, and it’s extremely possible there will likely be an extended wait, if the Payments make the deep postseason run most anticipate. It stays to be seen if the Raiders entrance workplace and possession are okay probably ready some time to get a coach.
Keith Butler, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator
A defensive thoughts since 1990, Butler was the inheritor obvious to Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh, and that’s a hell of an endorsement.
It’s unclear if Butler can be open to leaving Pittsburgh after ready so lengthy to take over, however we’re reaching a pivot level the place wholesale change could possibly be occurring with the Steelers. That might result in Butler leaping ship early, particularly if it’s for a head teaching job.
That is one other rent that would simply be characterised as “boring,” which tends to occur when there’s a defensive thoughts taking up — however that may usually result in success.
Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss head coach
I hate it. It’s dangerous. Everyone seems to be speaking about it, so we’ve got to as nicely. Bringing Kiffin again to the Raiders is essentially the most painfully apparent “typical Raiders” transfer, and I believe it will be disastrous.
Don’t get me mistaken, Kiffin has grown a TON as a coach since his first NFL stint, which was an abject catastrophe, however that doesn’t imply it’s the correct transfer for the Raiders now. Kiffin can be a giant, splashy, headline-making rent — and the workforce must be quiet, put their heads down, and work on getting higher.
If the workforce needs to have an offensive thoughts on the helm I believe there are much better NFL choices accessible, with out diving into school ranks.