It's been a rollercoaster ride for the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2021 NFL season. After a hot start, Jon Gruden was fired due to vulgar and racist emails and Rich Bisaccia took over as the interim coach.
Unfortunately, the Raiders haven't turned things around under their new boss. They are 6-7 after Week 14 and currently sitting at the bottom of the AFC West. Unless the team goes on a miracle run, Las Vegas will likely be looking for a new coach this offseason.
Here's a look at the three most likely Raiders head coach replacements for the 2022 NFL season.
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1. Kellen Moore
One of the most popular names tied to future head coaching jobs is Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. The former NFL quarterback has been instrumental in turning Dallas' offense into a juggernaut, proven by the team's 29.2 points per game (2nd) this season. Moore is also only 33 years old, so he'd be bringing a different vibe to the locker room than Gruden or even Bisaccia did. NFL coaches are getting younger — proven by Sean McVay and Kliff Kingsbury — and the Raiders would be wise to get on that trend. If Moore can transform the Raiders' offense (21.8 PPG, 18th) as he did for the Cowboys, Las Vegas fans wouldn't complain.
2. Doug Pederson
Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been unemployed since January, however, he could find a home with the Raiders. After all, there aren't too many candidates out there who have a Super Bowl ring. He had a .531 winning percentage over five seasons with the Eagles, which includes when they went 13-3 during their championship season in 2017. The Raiders haven't had a winner's mentality in a long time and Pederson could be the guy to fix that. If Las Vegas can get the version of him before last year's meltdown, the future could look bright for the organization.
3. Matt Eberflus
Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was in the running to become the Houston Texans' head coach before pulling his name out. Having said that, perhaps 2021 could be his last year with the franchise if a team like the Raiders comes calling. Las Vegas has the second-worst scoring defense this season, while the Eberflus has led the Colts to be the ninth-best and that's after a rough start. It's clear that Indianapolis' defensive schemes run through him and he can't be a DC forever. Taking a head coaching job from the Raiders would certainly be mutually beneficial for the organization and Eberflus alike.
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