As the Las Vegas Raiders keep winning, it’s becoming increasingly likely that interim head coach Rich Bisaccia will get the permanent job. But it also makes the job more attractive to potential candidates. One name constantly associated with the job was Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.
If the Raiders hadn’t beaten the Los Angeles Chargers and made the playoffs, the coach might have already volunteered for the job. It’s unlikely that owner Mark Davis has made a firm decision yet with a Super Bowl still a possibility, but something interesting happened during the Raiders’ game Sunday night.
While the game was still being played, Washington Football Team offensive coordinator Scott Turner posted a photo of him at Allegiant Stadium with the words “Raiders Nation” on a screen in the background and simply said “#NewProfilePic.” He then quickly deleted the tweet and sent another picture of him in Washington Football Team gear.
Well, it’s important to note that Washington played the Raiders earlier in the season in Las Vegas, so it’s possible Turner just liked the picture and didn’t know what it implied. That said, it’s remarkable that he would delete it so quickly.
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Turner’s deleted tweet might be a giant nothing burger, but the timing was really interesting. As previously mentioned, Harbaugh has been linked to the Raiders opening. Turner was an offensive analyst for Michigan under the coach in 2017. After a season at Ann Arbor, he returned to the NFL to coach quarterbacks for the Carolina Panthers before being hired as offensive coordinator for Washington.
It’s reasonable to assume that Harbaugh would be eyeing Turner as his offensive coordinator in Las Vegas should he return to the NFL. Washington has the league’s 24th leading scorer this year, and they did it with a backup quarterback in Taylor Heinicke. A result that low isn’t that impressive, but it’s possible he still has a lot of room for improvement. Washington is a defensive-minded team, so Turner could do better at Harbaugh under an offensive-minded coach. Of course, this only matters if the Raiders make a head coaching change.
Interestingly, Turner already has ties to the Raiders. His father is Norv Turner, who was the team’s head coach in 2004-2005. In those two years, the Raiders went 9-23. Most fans probably don’t have fond memories of the Turner years, but Davis loves hiring people with ties to the team.
Also, the owner had Harbaugh build whatever he wanted. Turner failed as a head coach but was always one of the better offensive heads in the NFL. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Harbaugh wants to run the ball, and Washington finished the season with the 12th-best rushing offense in the NFL.
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