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5 potential candidates to replace Jon Gruden as Raiders head coach

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After Jon Gruden resigns Monday night, the Las Vegas Raiders will do their best to save this season. The team is 3-2 and tied for second place in the AFC West, so the season is far from over. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia will have the monumental task of keeping his players focused amid all this turmoil.

Bisaccia will no doubt get the chance to audition as Gruden’s possible permanent replacement. He has been training football for 40 years and is respected in the league. If he leads the Raiders to the playoffs, he could be an option for the team. However, the team needs a fresh start after a Gruden era that went nowhere and ended in embarrassment.

Despite all the controversy surrounding the franchise, the Raiders are an attractive opening. You have a good quarterback in Derek Carr, a superstar tight end in Darren Waller, and promising young pieces throughout the roster. There is a lot to do, but the right coach can quickly turn this team into a winner. Below we’ll go through the best adjustments to replace Gruden.

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The most obvious name associated with the Raiders early on is the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy. He’s been a hot name for the past two offseasons but hasn’t got a head coach job yet. Las Vegas could be the perfect solution for the coach in the end.

It’s no secret that Gruden tried to build his own version of the Chiefs. Players like Waller and wide receiver Henry Ruggs must please Bieniemy. It’s hard to imagine that if offered, he would turn it down. That said, there is no guarantee that the Raiders will be interested. The fact that Bieniemy doesn’t name any games for the Chiefs could worry owner Mark Davis. Former Andy Reid coaches have successfully led teams over the years, so it would be wise to at least bring Bieniemy for an interview.

Another name Raider fans are sure to talk about a lot is Buffalo Bill’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. The work he’s done with quarterback Josh Allen has been remarkable. He helped turn Allen from a sloppy gunslinger to an MVP candidate.

Daboll has 20 years of NFL coaching experience and should be a popular head coaching candidate in the league this off-season. The Raiders should be one of the team members who take a long look at it. The Bills are currently leading the NFL with a scoring offensive of 34.4 points per game.

If the raiders feel risky, they might make a risky choice. The franchise has had a lot of success in hiring young trainers. Al Davis was hired to coach the team in 1963 at the age of 33. He became the man who defined the franchise. The Raiders also hired John Madden at the age of 32, and when the team first hired Gruden he was only 34.

This is where Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady comes in. The 32-year-old offensive guru is obviously young but has done an amazing job with quarterback Sam Darnold this season. The Panthers rank 16th in the NFL this season, which is nothing special. However, he is a young, bright head who could be the next young head coach to take the league by storm. Davis could take a big swing after joining two former head coaches in his last two positions at Gruden and Jack Del Rio.

With the way the NFL is going, it would be wise to hire another offensively minded head coach. Most of the top candidates will be offensive coordinators. Maybe Kellen Moore, offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, would be an insidious job.

He’s doing excellent things with the team right now as the Cowboys averaged 34.0 points per game, which is the second best in the NFL. Moore hasn’t been a great candidate for coaching in the past, but he’s sure to turn heads this year. He’ll be getting interviews this off-season. If the Raiders want to replace Gruden with another offensive spirit, it’s hard to find a better one than Moore’s.

So far we’ve only focused on offensive coaches. Davis might want to try something different after the Gruden era failed so spectacularly. The owner could look at the raiders list and believe that now they are ready to win. In this scenario, he might want to hire someone with head coaching experience.

Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has taken a step back this season, no one will forget how brilliant the group were in last year’s Super Bowl run. This success was largely thanks to Defense Coordinator Todd Bowles. As the head coach of the New York Jets, he had a 24-40 record. It wasn’t the most impressive stint, but we see now that the jets could no longer be saved. Perhaps starting over in a better situation could make Bowles far more successful. It would certainly be worthwhile for the Raiders to at least take a close look at the trainer.

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So far we’ve only focused on offensive coaches. Davis might want to try something different after the Gruden era failed so spectacularly. The owner could look at the raiders list and believe that now they are ready to win. In this scenario, he might want to hire someone with head coaching experience.

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