The Raiders and now former head coach Jon Gruden agreed to part ways during this week’s MNF game. The decision came after numerous emails had derogatory language towards numerous groups of people. This begs the question who should the Raiders hire? For the remainder of the season special teams coordinator, Rich Bisaccia will play the part, but will the Raiders look to move on from him at the end of the season. With all that up in the air and speculation swirling I have a list of three candidates for the Raiders.
Currently, the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Bieniemy should be highly sought after by the Raiders. As the primary play caller for Kansas City, we have seen the Chiefs wreak havoc on the NFL. Since 2018, when he became the Chiefs OC, the offense has been top five in yards per game. The Chiefs are known for being a vertical passing offense and make full use of their offensive weapons.
In the first three weeks of this season fans saw the Raiders offense runnings on all cylinders. Largely because they were passing the ball. Not just passing but doing it efficiently. Before these past two weeks Derek Carr was leading the league in passing and the Raiders were winning games. Eric Bieniemy is all about letting the quarterback throwing the ball and forcing the opposing secondary to stop it.
Joe Brady is currently the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Like the Raiders, the Panthers have a lot of young offensive talent. Going into week six the Panthers are averaging just over 100 rushing yards per game and 255 passing yards per game. It may be a middle-of-the-pack offense in the league, but the Panthers are comparable to the Raiders.
The biggest difference between the two teams is the offensive build. The Raiders feature a two-back backfield, Jacobs and Drake, and the Panthers feature Christian McCaffrey. The other difference is tight end. The Raiders obviously use Darren Waller quite a bit and has been the primary playmaker of the Raiders the last two seasons. The Panthers don’t have that caliber of playmaker at tight end. This is Brady’s first season at offensive coordinator, but he utilizes everybody on that offense and has worked through adversity. Star running back Christian McCaffrey has been in and out of the lineup this season and has made good use of rookie Chuba Hubbard. The ability to work through injuries and still win games is no thing to scoff at in the NFL.
The hiring of Joe Brady would assuredly boost the Raiders usage of their weapons and be a great fit as the next Raiders head coach.
Kellen Moore is the active offensive coordinator to the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are off to a red hot start offensively being the number two offense in the league. They’re nearly the first in yards per game averaging only one yard less than the Ravens. Currently the Cowboys feature the eleventh most passing yards per game and the second most rushing. On top of the yards per game they have the second highest scoring offense in the league. Which is more important than yards per game.
The biggest advantage of bringing Moore in as the head coach is team similarity. Moore has been able to maximize the team’s weapons and does so at a high efficiency. On top of being very efficient the Cowboys have a comparable offensive build to the Raiders. The Cowboys have an underrated 1-2 punch in Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. The Raiders are on the verge of doing so with Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake. On top of that the receiving corps is similar.
The Cowboys have the edge in skill and experience but the make-up of the corps are similar. Amari Cooper is the team’s big playmaker, Ceedee Lamb has the potent speed combination of speed and route-running, and Michael Gallup is the reliable slot that can make a big play. The Raiders Amari is Bryan Edwards, who has come to his own this season and has shown the ability to come up big in the clutch. As for Lamb it’s the one drafted before him Henry Ruggs. Now Lamb’s route-running ability is far superior to Ruggs, but Ruggs has shown improvement through five weeks. The last is Gallup and Hunter Renfrow. Renfrow has been the security blanket for the Raiders since entering the league and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Bringing in Kellen Moore as the Raiders head coach gives them an offensive-minded head coach who has experience with a similar personnel group.