Should the Las Vegas Raiders really consider bringing in Jim Harbaugh? It could be another Jon Gruden-type situation where one man controls it all. In all fairness, we’ve seen how that plays out—no way Mark Davis goes down that path one more time, right?
We could argue that prior to the email scandal that brought Gruden down, his second go-around was working. Technically, the Raiders improved each season under his watch—this, of course, after gutting the team he inherited. Nevertheless, we’ll never know what the outcome would’ve been. The roster itself only holds a fragment of Gruden’s work. Here’s the thing: the now-jettisoned Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler did the same thing, gutting a playoff roster as Gruden once did. Is Davis interested in seeing that take place again?
There’s no way of knowing what a Harbaugh-led team would look like right now. In fact, he’s still the head coach at Michigan, but his name has been connected to the Raiders for some time now. In fact, Harbaugh has made it known that the Silver and Black pique his interest, sort of. Mike Jones of The Athletic recently mentioned that Las Vegas could be a destination for the former Raiders QB coach.
Antonio Pierce should be the favorite right now for the Raiders…
Of course, there’s still much football left this season. So far, Antonio Pierce has rallied the Raiders, they’re playing inspired football–a far cry from the sterile team we saw under McDaniels. If you were to ask the players, we’re willing to bet that they’d vouch for Pierce. Still, Davis and whoever will be help and advise him on the team’s future still need to do their due diligence.
For now, let’s see if the team can walk out of Miami with a win–if they do, Pierce should start to garner even more attention.
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