The Raiders Next Head Coach – Eric Bieniemy Leads the List of Candidates

| October 15, 2021 12:37 pm PDT

Jon Gruden’s abrupt resignation leaves a lot more questions than answers in Vegas. I’m not here to debate what happened – this post isn’t about trying to figure out what other coaches and executives were involved in misconduct.

BetOnline released odds for the next Raiders head coach. I’m here to unveil the pricing and discuss three of the leading candidates.

Let’s dive in.

Raiders Next Head Coach Odds

An official hire likely won’t be made until after the season is over. The Raiders are 3-2 and have a ton of football left – the team wants to see how things play out under the guidance of Rich Bisaccia.

If there’s any question as to whether or not Mike Mayock supports Bisaccia during this process, the Raiders GM was loud and clear on how he felt about his interim head coach.

“Rich is the most natural leader of men that I’ve ever met. I don’t think there’s a vacuum of leadership. I want to be very clear on that. Rich Bisaccia is the best leader I’ve ever been around.”

Is that a parting shot at Jon Gruden or just a vote of confidence for the Raiders former special teams coordinator?

If the team responds to Bisaccia positively and the Raiders reel off a bunch of wins, perhaps Mark Davis will remove the interim tag and hire Bisaccia long-term. Until then, we’re left pondering who could be brought in time for the 2022 campaign.

Eric Bieniemy

After interviewing for head coaching positions during each of the past two offseasons, perhaps it all comes together for Eric Bieniemy in the form of heading up a division rival.

Employed by Kansas City since 2013 and serving as the Chiefs offensive coordinator since 2018, Bieniemy seems long overdue for a shot to lead an NFL franchise.

Enticed by the prospects of coaching up Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs III, it likely wouldn’t be hard to convince Bieniemy to come on board. Whether or not Mark Davis is interested remains to be seen, but early reports are that much of the Raiders fan base is preaching for Bieniemy to be hired.

Joe Brady

Joe Brady burst onto the scene after orchestrating one of the most electric offenses college football has ever seen. Tasked with trying to resurrect Sam Darnold in Carolina, Brady is off to a promising start as the OC of the Panthers.

Some might point to his lack of experience and gawk at his youth (Brady just turned 32), but Mark Davis is a pioneer who won’t be afraid to go against the grain.

Playing in the same division as Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, Davis will be keen on hiring an individual who can rev up an offense.

Suddenly the idea of hiring Brady starts to make some sense.

Kellen Moore

Along the same lines of hiring a young and exuberant offensive mind, if only Mark Davis could find a way to pry Kellen Moore from Jerry Jones. Moore has the Dallas offense firing on all cylinders and is clearly a step ahead of his competitors.

If the Cowboys were smart they’d can Mike McCarthy now and promote Moore to the helm. Otherwise, teams will be coming after Moore in the offseason like kids chasing after the neighborhood ice cream truck.

As a longtime Vegas resident, I’m doing my best to hop on the Raiders bandwagon and root for the Silver and Black. Take it for what’s it’s worth, but Kellen Moore would be my first choice to be the Raiders’ next head coach.

Michael Wynn

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