Handicapping Raiders coaching candidates (third revise)


Handicapping Raiders head coaching candidates (third revision):

Odds: 2-1
Current job: Raiders interim head coach
Age: 53
Head coaching experience: Raiders, 2014, Miami Dolphins 2008-11
Appeal: Is already on the job, has the support of the players, helped develop young talent and has a relationship with owner Mark Davis.
Downside: The more candidates the Raiders interview, the more it looks like they’re moving in another direction.

Odds: 5-1
Age: 49
Current job: Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Cleveland Browns 2008-11.
Appeal: The thought of quarterback Derek Carr flourishing in the cutting edge Chip Kelly offense Shurmur ran with the Eagles. Has interviewed for job.
Downside: General manager Reggie McKenzie is a defensive man at heart and will push for a more conventional, work-the-clock offense.

Odds: 5-1
Age: 51
Current job: Denver Broncos defensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Jacksonville Jaguars 2003-11.
Appeal: Local product had some success with small-market Jaguars and is a confident, forceful leader. Interviewed with Mark Davis Sunday, according to the Denver Post.
Downside: Quarterback situation while head coach in Jacksonville was seldom settled.


Odds: 5-1
Age: 44
Current job: Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: None.
Appeal: Seahawks play-caller has been an NFL O-coordinator since 2006 (Vikings from 2006-2010. Good reputation with quarterbacks, including Packers 2000-2005. Has interviewed for job.
Downside: Hasn’t been a head coach at any level and has no background in defense.


Odds: 6-1
Age: 40
Current job: Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: None.
Appeal: Considered a bright, young offensive mind who has coached locally at Stanford and will get his share of interviews. Interviewed with Reggie McKenzie Sunday night, Colts coach Chuck Pagano confirms.
Downside: No experience as a head coach and the good fortune of working with Andrew Luck could mask any deficiencies.


Odds: 7-1
Age: 43
Current job: 49ers tight ends coach
Head coaching experience: New York Jets 2006-08, Cleveland Browns 2009-10.
Appeal: Has watched and learned in two successful organizations with the Patriots and 49ers. Interviewed Monday, according to Associated Press.
Downside: Bill Belichick disciples haven’t exactly flourished as NFL head coaches.


Odds: 7-1
Age: 62
Current job: Unemployed.
Head coaching experience: Los Angeles Raiders 1988-89, Denver Broncos 1995-2008, Washington Redskins 2010-13
Appeal: Experienced offensive coach who once upon a time battled owner Al Davis as a first-time head coach for 20 tumultuous games. Technician who would work well with Derek Carr. Reportedly interviewed after talking with 49ers.

Downside: Didn’t end well in Washington, where he initially did great things with Robert Griffin III but then played him while injured in playoffs. Griffin hasn’t been the same since. Not a favorite of Raider Nation.


Odds: 8-1
Age: 51
Current job: Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Miami Dolphins (interim) 2011.
Appeal: The architect of a defense which put Arizona in the playoffs and worked in player personnel in Green Bay with Reggie McKenzie in1995-96.
Downside: Considered one of this season’s hot candidates and could have lots of more appealing options.


Odds: 8-1
Age: 51
Current job: Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator.
Head coaching experience: St. Louis Rams 2006-08.
Appeal: Play-caller for Dallas offense under which running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo have flourished. ESPN and NFL Network report Raiders may seek interview.
Downside: During tenure with Rams, defenses were among the NFL’s worst each year.


Odds: 30-1
Age: 44
Current job: Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: None.
Appeal: Has done great work with Seattle defensive and has a smash-mouth, hard-nosed intensity as a former defensive line coach.
Downside: Has no experience running his own program and remains to be seen if he can build around a young quarterback. Rumor mill hasn’t included link to Raiders.

Odds: 40-1
Age: 38
Current job: New England Patriots offensive coordinator
Head coaching experience: Denver Broncos, 2009-10.
Appeal: Considered one of the bright offensive minds in coaching and first go-round in Denver gave him plenty to learn from.
Downside: Away from the protective cocoon of Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, is still an unknown commodity. Rumor mill has not included contact with Raiders.


Odds: 40-1.
Age: 55
Current job: Unemployed
Head coaching experience: Atlanta Falcons 2008-14.
Appeal: Took Falcons from 4-12 to 11-5 in first year, had four double-digit win seasons in first six years. Won with young quarterback in Matt Ryan.
Downside: Odd that his name hasn’t surfaced anywhere after turn-around he did with Atlanta. Could be D-coordinator candidate for a Del Rio coached team.


Odds: 50-1
Age: 52
Head coaching experience: New York Jets 2009-14
Appeal: A big Raider-like personality who can command a room as well as a team and one of the top defensive minds in the NFL.
Downside: Didn’t do much in the area of quarterback development with Jets and has other more lucrative options plus an opportunity to do TV.


Odds: 75-1
Age: 58
Current job: Unemployed
Head coaching experience: Montreal Alouettes 2008-12 (CFL), Chicago Bears 2013-2014.
Appeal: Was play-caller for best Raiders offensive season ever in 2002 and would be delighted to have Derek Carr after dealing with Jay Cutler.
Downside: After success in the Canadian Football League, Bears experience was a drama-filled disaster on both sides of the ball.

Odds: 100-1
Age: 66
Current job: Retired
Head coaching experience: Green Bay Packers, 1992-98, Seattle Seahawks 1999-2008.
Appeal: Was in Alameda in advisory role at behest of Reggie McKenzie for a short time when Sparano took over. Has history in developing young quarterbacks.
Downside: Is six years removed from grind of coaching in NFL. Told Seattle-area radio station recently he would not get back into coaching.

>Odds: 1000-1
Age: 51
Current job: ESPN Monday Night Football analyst
Head coaching experience: Raiders 1998-2001, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002-2008.
Appeal: Don’t kid yourself. Nothing would energize the fan base more than Gruden coming back to Oakland.
Downside: If he ever returns, wants to win immediately or is not interested. Signed up with ESPN through 2021 instead.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • And who are we interviewing has even had that one good year?

  • marks hair

    Shurmur pep bevell

  • NYCRaider

    depends on how much credit you give Pep for Andrew Luck. But by your definition Pep is far superior developing young mobile QBS

  • Davy Jones

    Oh, you so Trolly.

  • Raider_Riff

    What’s ur email Teach?

  • Terrence Healy

    I think if Sparano changed the Offensive coordinator and Defensive cordinater and QB Coach and Receiver coaches and line coach, we would be just fine. Wait until no one hires rex ryan and bring him in on defense and Pep Hamilton on Offense