Sports Ranking the Raiders' best coaching candidates to replace Jon Gruden in 2022
Opinion: Jon Gruden email saga provides important lesson on NFL hiring process
Raiders owner Mark Davis had his eye on Jon Gruden for years. Davis now will need a more equitable process to find a replacement, Jarrett Bell writes.And in his rush, Davis essentially wiped his feet on the Rooney Rule designed to facilitate a fair and open process, in theory, for minority candidates to compete for head coach vacancies.
Jon Gruden is out as Raiders coach again. The first time, in 2002, he was traded to the Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl. The second time, in 2021, he has resigned, only three seasons and five games into a 10-year, $100 million contract.
Gruden's coaching (and NFL broadcasting) career is likely finished at age 58 after a New York Times report revealed old emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language from 2010, when he was on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," through 2018, when he was re-hired by the Raiders.
Although the Raiders will be turning to Rich Bisacca as interim coach for the rest of the season to try to help a 3-2 team make the AFC playoffs, the search for a full-time replacement in 2022 begins now. Here's our ranking of the eight best potential hires:
Jon Gruden's vulgar emails also appear in court filings from WFT owner Daniel Snyder
Some of the vulgar emails that led to Jon Gruden's resignation were submitted in court filings by Washington owner Daniel Snyder four months ago.The emails, which were filed in federal court in Arizona and obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, contain several of the exchanges between Gruden and Allen that were reported by The New York Times on Monday night – including one in which Gruden refers to commissioner Roger Goodell as a "clueless anti football (expletive).
1. Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator (age: 52)
This might be a prime chance to get his long overdue promotion from Andy Reid's staff with the Chiefs' AFC West arch rivals. Las Vegas should want to take a page from Kansas City's success around Patrick Mahomes and work to install a more dynamic offense that makes better use of tight end Darren Waller and its young speedy and quick wide receivers. The Raiders could then also think about attaching Bieneimy to a rookie franchise QB vs. Derek Carr.
2. Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator (age: 33)
Moore is the wunderkind calling the plays for Dak Prescott and Dallas' explosive, balanced and versatile attack. He can bring a lot more upside as well to the Raiders' offensive weaponry, whether or not it's still Carr in the driver's seat next season. Like Bieniemy, Moore is a native West Coaster who should find it appealing to make the early jump to the glamorous desert.
Jon Gruden used racist trope in 'appalling' 2011 email about NFL union head DeMaurice Smith
Raiders coach Jon Gruden used a racist trope to describe union head DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.In the email, which was sent during the 2011 lockout, Gruden wrote that: "Dumboriss [sic] Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.
3. Joe Brady, Panthers offensive coordinator (age: 32)
In the same vein there's Brady, only a year younger than Moore and a potential Sean McVay-like coaching savant. It's OK to start young again for the Raiders with a maverick approach, something the late, great Al Davis would love. There's the same logic going after Brady as the two guys above: Someone who could work to get the Raiders on the offensive level of the Chiefs and Chargers sooner rather than later.
4. Jerod Mayo, Patriots linebackers coach (age: 35)
The Raiders' defense has been trending in a better direction but they should also think about tapping into the Bill Belichick coaching tree on the other side of the ball from. Mayo can be a master motivator former player and make Las Vegas play with discipline and toughness all around. He's been itching to make the leap as an organized leader and he should at least get an in-depth interview.
Ranking the Raiders' best coaching candidates to replace Jon Gruden in 2022
Here's a look at the Raiders' best head-coaching fits to replace Jon Gruden, who resigned Monday only three seasons and five games into a 10-year, $100 million contract. Gruden's coaching (and NFL broadcasting) career is likely finished at age 58 after a New York Times report revealed old emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language from 2010, when he was on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," through 2018, when he was re-hired by the Raiders.
5. Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator (age: 41)
File Leftwich under Bieniemy, Moore and Brady. He has the Super Bowl champion ring working with Tom Brady. Mark Davis and Mike Mayock's interest should be piqued by the former Jaguars quarterback, who's also ready for his big shot.
6. Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator (age: 46)
If the Raiders can't get who's working with Mahomes, Prescott and Brady, then they should be interested in the man behind getting the most of Josh Allen's passing and running. Again, looking for a dynamic dual threat to upgrade from Carr might come with this scenario.
7. Matt Eberflus, Colts defensive coordinator (age: 51)
Here's a second defensive candidate to consider as Eberflus also has been the short list for many teams. He is another intelligent, organized motivator who would fit nicely in Las Vegas, moving on from Frenk Reich's staff the way Nick Sirianni dide for Philadelphia.
8. Doug Pederson, former Eagles head coach (age: 53)
Speaking of Philadelphia, the Raiders also should consider bringing back Pederson into the league. Despite how things ended with the Eagles, Pederson still has that Super Bowl 51 ring on his finger. He could work well with Mayock to get the Raiders up to a playoff level and another way to connect to Reid's Chiefs.
NFLPA leader Smith appreciates Gruden reaching out .
NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith says he appreciates that Raiders coach Jon Gruden reached out to him following the report that Gruden used a racist comment in a email about him 10 years ago. Smith said in a Twitter thread on Monday that the email reported Friday by the Wall Street Journal that showed Gruden referred in a racist way to Smith’s facial features is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing. “This is not aboutSmith said in a Twitter thread on Monday that the email reported Friday by the Wall Street Journal that showed Gruden referred in a racist way to Smith’s facial features is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.