Jon Gruden's second tenure as head coach of the Raiders ended Monday night when he stepped down in the wake of surfaced embarrassing emails from his past. Special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will be the interim guy the rest of this season and surely will get a full-time look if Las Vegas ends strong, but offensive coordinators Eric Bieniemy of the Chiefs, Brian Daboll of the Bills, Kellen Moore of the Cowboys and Joe Brady of the Panthers are the favorites to be head coach for Week 1 of the 2022 season via SportsLine NFL oddsmakers.
While not set in stone, most owners/GMs tend to lean offensive head coaches these days because offensive football is exciting and gets the fan base fired up – the Los Angeles Chargers, though, hired defensive-minded Brandon Staley this past offseason and he's now the +200 favorite to be the NFL Coach of the Year.
Bieniemy and Daboll were hot candidates last offseason, too, with Kansas City of course reaching the Super Bowl and Buffalo losing to the Chiefs in the AFC title game. Their work with Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, respectively, makes them no-brainer potential choices and both figure to get a top job somewhere after the 2021 campaign.
Hiring Bieniemy, who has been linked to the USC job, would potentially help weaken the division-rival Chiefs for Las Vegas. His name was all over Twitter on Monday following the Gruden resignation. Perhaps Daboll's star is even brighter at the moment than Bienemy's with how the Bills dominated the Chiefs in Week 5 in Kansas City. Allen is now the NFL MVP betting favorite.
Moore's star is skyrocketing with Dallas ranking No. 2 in the NFL in scoring (34.0 ppg), total offense (439.6 ypg) and rushing offense (172.8 ypg). Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady is another possibility, although QB Sam Darnold has regressed the past two weeks. LSU also might throw a ton of money at Brady to replace Ed Orgeron as Brady was a big part of the Tigers' 2019 national championship team.
Doug Pederson, the former Super Bowl-winning coach with the Eagles, is likely to want to get back into coaching after a year off. Perhaps owner Mark Davis wants a veteran head coach like Pederson if he believes the Raiders can contend in 2022.
Potential college candidates include Iowa State's Matt Campbell, Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley and Stanford's David Shaw.
Finally, Bisaccia could surprise everyone and earn the permanent job starting with an upset this Sunday in Denver. He has been special teams coordinator and assistant head coach of the Raiders since 2018 but has never been an NFL or NCAA head coach. As the NFL and college football seasons proceed, some of these options could fall off as legitimate candidates and some could be added.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Favorites to be next Raiders full-time coach
- Eric Bieniemy +400
- Brian Daboll +500
- Kellen Moore +500
- Joe Brady +700
- Doug Pederson +800
- Byron Leftwich +900
- Nathaniel Hackett +900
- Rich Bisaccia +1000
- Matt Campbell +1200
- David Shaw +1300
- Matt Eberflus +1400
- Gus Bradley +1500
- Lincoln Riley +2000
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