Las Vegas Raiders: 5 head coaching candidates for 2022

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Jon Gruden

Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden is pictured before the start of a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders will be searching for a new head coach following the resignation of Jon Gruden, and there are some key names to choose from.

And just like that, the Las Vegas Raiders are without a head coach.

After Jon Gruden dominated Raiders’ and NFL headlines alike this past weekend due to the racially insensitive email Gruden sent regarding NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the New York Times revealed on Monday night that there were several more emails Gruden sent over seven years, in which the former Raiders’ head coach used misogynistic and homophobic language.

Gruden used both misogynistic and homophobic slurs to insult Roger Goodell, as well as using a homophobic slur to denigrate former NFL DE Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay NFL player to be drafted.

Following the New York Times report, it was reported by NFL Network that due to the abhorrent, disgusting remarks that Gruden had made in these emails, the Raiders would be parting ways with their one-hundred million dollar coach, just four years into his ten-year agreement.

Gruden released a statement, which the Raiders tweeted from their official Twitter page on Monday night.

For the rest of the 2021-2022 season, ESPN’s Suzy Kolber has reported that Raiders special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is expected to replace Gruden as the team’s interim head coach.

It is obvious, to say the least, that this changes everything for this Raiders team. The roster, top to bottom, was the product of Jon Gruden’s vision over the last four years. Derek Carr has spent four years learning and perfecting Gruden’s offense.

It is almost as if everything the Raiders have spent the last four years building has vanished in four days. Here, the franchise goes again, back to square one. At this season’s end, though, the Raiders will need to begin their search for a new head coach and will have several exciting candidates to choose from.

From both the college ranks and promising young assistant coaches around the NFL, there is no shortage of talent when it comes to available coaches to hire. Let’s take an early look at five possible head coaching candidates for the Las Vegas Raiders to begin the 2022 season.

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