Owner Mark Davis still needs to look for a permanent head coach
Raiders fans, it’s time to start looking down the road for a permanent head coach. With the move to Las Vegas, the Raiders are on their way to making the playoffs and competing for a Super Bowl.
But guess what, the Raiders are once again looking to hire a permeant head coach for the first time since moving from Oakland.
Owner Mark Davis does not have to rush to find a permeant coach right away. It’s important to know who your football operations department is, so you can continue to build a winning culture.
The Raiders aren’t allowed by NFL coaching rules and regulations to start building a search that includes coaches working for other teams until there is two-weeks left in the season.
General Manager Decision
As Mr. Davis goes through his list of head coaching candidates, his top priority should be clearing the air on Mike Mayock’s long term stay as the Raiders General Manager (GM). In most cases, General Managers choose their head coaches, so why would Davis start aggressively looking for his guy before he makes a decision on Mayock?
If Mayock is retained by Davis, the continuity between owner and GM remains in tact. That will make the hiring process move thorough and quick. If Mayock is let go, the next GM would make the call.
What to do with current interim Head Coach
With the Raiders in the AFC playoff race, Rich Bisaccia is currently focused on winning a Super Bowl in a year where the team has had to fight through adversity on and off the field all year. If he does well, and they make the playoffs, Bisaccia will most likely interview for the full-time job.
Whichever way the wind blows, critics and sports media shouldn’t have to pontificate over spilt milk, as it’s the organizations call on who they think is the best candidate out there.
Kellen Moore, OC (Dallas Cowboys)
There are some big name candidates out there who are unavailable to speak with right now. They include names such as Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. He has done a masterful job in calling plays for quarterback Dak Prescott. Moore could be a great candidate as he would be able to call some of his trick plays and some of his aggressive fourth-down and one plays with quarterback Derek Carr.
The question is, why would he leave a state like Texas and travel all the way down to the west? It’s probably an ego thing and he would take more money down there as a head coach rather than stay and take less money being an offensive coordinator.
Byron Leftwich, OC (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
If Moore is not the first candidate to hire, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, is another fabulous choice. To start off, he already has a Super Bowl ring by calling plays for the, “GOAT” in quarterback Tom Brady
Since he played against Brady back when Leftwich was a quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars’, he knows the type of quarterback Brady is.
Brian Daboll, OC (Buffalo Bills)
While Brian Daboll would coach well in a city like Las Vegas, he seems pretty happy with staying with the Bills as an offensive coordinator. Last season, he helped develop quarterback Josh Allen into a superstar. This year, he has the offense looking so-so.
The Bills are in a position to win the AFC East and possibly earn that 1st-round bye heading into a wild 2021 playoff format. Right now, Daboll is focused on helping Allen and the Bills win their first Super Bowl as a franchise, but keep an eye on him Raider Nation.
So, YOU think about it Raider Nation, who do YOU want for your next Head Coach?