Can the Raiders make a splash HC hire not named Jim Harbaugh?

Las Vegas Raiders, Sean Payton (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Las Vegas Raiders, Sean Payton (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

The Las Vegas Raiders are looking for a new head coach, but could they still make a splash even if they do not bring in Jim Harbaugh.

While pundits and many Las Vegas Raiders fans alike are enamored with the speculation of who becomes the team’s next head coach, there is one candidate that few are talking about. While current Michigan Wolverines Jim Harbaugh presents many different alluring aspects, even the former 44-19-1 San Fransico 49ers head coach doesn’t have a track record that compares to this one.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is potentially on the way out.

Many are retreads or unproven coordinators when you think of all the potential names swirling about the current coaching carousel. However, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton does not fall within either of those categories. At age 50, Payton has completed 15 years as the Saints’ head coach. Since 2006, he has amassed a 152-98 win/loss record in his lone NFL head coaching stint.

Within those 15 years, he has achieved eight postseason victories, including one Super Bowl victory in 2008. However, a man who has given New Orleans, Lousiana more than anything an NFL organization could ever ask for seemingly wants a change of scenery.

For the Las Vegas Raiders and owner Mark Davis, this is the one hire that would outdo any this offseason.

What can Sean Payton bring to the Las Vegas Raiders?

Payton can certainly bring excitement, innovation, and glamour to the Raiders. More importantly, he can bring stability to an NFL organization with constant turnover since the Saints coach took over the team in 2006. Since then, the Raiders have had 9 different head coaches and, simply put, have dealt with more uncertainty and inconsistency than most NFL franchises.

For Mark Davis, he must do whatever is in his power to lure Payton to Sin City should he become available. With the team needing a bonafide and proven leader after years of an out-of-touch Jon Gruden, New Orleans may very well possess their answer to many seasons of underwhelming performances.

Davis swung for the fences by hiring an old friend of the Silver and Black, by luring in the best coach in the Black and Gold’s history – he could quickly rectify his mistake in 2018.

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