Would a Las Vegas Raiders-Jim Harbaugh marriage make sense? Well, we’ll touch on that in a second.
The 2021-22 NFL season has been anything but ideal for the Las Vegas Raiders, they’ve definitely had their ups and downs to say the least. Between the Jon Gruden controversy, their streaky play, and adjusting to Rich Bisaccia now running the show, the Raiders have had their fair share of challenges to overcome this season.
In spite of all these untimely changes, the Raiders have still managed to stay afloat and are now just one win away from making their first playoff appearance in six years. Now that they’ve made it this far into the season, we’ll take a look at three reasons why the Raiders mustn’t hire Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach.
Raiders Must Avoid Jim Harbaugh
Rich Bisaccia has done well as the Raiders interim head coach
Even with the Raiders having to overcome the Gruden controversy, battling through constant injuries and health and safety protocols, and adjusting to a new play caller on the sidelines, they’ve still managed to remain in the AFC wild card race. This success is a credit to head coach Rich Bisaccia’s masterful play calling and continual in-game adjustments that have allowed this team to pull out some crucial wins late in the season.
In just his first year as head coach, Bisaccia has the chance to lead this ultra-talented Las Vegas team back to the postseason, which is something that Gruden wasn’t able to accomplish in his second tenure with the team. With all the recent success this team has seen under the direction of Bisaccia, it would be a grave mistake to not to bring him back as the Raiders permanent head coach next year.
Derek Carr has done well with the coaching change in Las Vegas
Despite having to adjust to a new system and a different playbook, Derek Carr hasn’t let that affect his game at all and has been playing lights out over the past month as the Raiders have found new life and are still alive in this year’s playoff race. With so much riding on their season finale with the Chargers, it’s imperative that Carr keeps his composure if he wants to lead the Raiders back to postseason relevance.
Given how well he’s played up to this point, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see him to lead the Raiders to another timely win and nab a wild card spot in the 2022 NFL Playoffs. This is another reason why bringing on Harbaugh as their new coach may not be the best move for the Raiders to consider after this season.
Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow have elevated their play during the second half of the season
With Darren Waller out for most of the season and the Raiders previously having parted ways with Henry Ruggs III, this has opened up more opportunities for Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow to excel in the Raiders new-look offense. Under the guidance of Bisaccia both players have seen their fair share of successes and played extremely well in the second half of the year.
Now that they’ve established a rhythm of late, the Raiders have discovered a few new stars in their offense that have thrived over the past few weeks. So with this being a further credit to Bisaccia’s stellar coaching job this season, it would be most unwise for the Raiders to move on from him and not give him his due as the Raiders permanent head coach ahead of the 2022 NFL season.