John Rauch got his first coaching job in professional football with the Raiders, as he served as an assistant coach under Al Davis from 1963-65. When Davis made the move to commissioner of the AFL, Rauch was given the head coaching job for the Silver and Black, and he had quite the run with the team, although not very long.
In his first season at the helm, Rauch led the Raiders to a 8-5-1 record, but it was his work in 1967 that really was impressive. During the 1967 season, the Raiders went an incredible 13-1, and won the AFL Championship, setting up a date with the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II.
Oakland lost that Super Bowl to the Packers, and they would never get back under Rauch’s leadership. The Raiders were once again a force in 1968, going 12-2, though they lost to the New York Jets in the AFL Championship. That would be the last game Rauch would coach for the Raiders, as he moved on to be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The reason for his departure was the fact he did not like Davis meddling in his business as the head coach. The move to Buffalo was not a kind one for Rauch, as he had a record of 7-20, and was out of the NFL as a head coach by the time he was 43.
Still, his 33-8-1 record with the Raiders is quite impressive, and may have ended way too early.