Who is poised to take the helm of the Las Vegas Raiders next?
Once again, the Las Vegas Raiders are in search of a new head coach, and there’s an intriguing frontrunner, as indicated by an oddsmaker. SportsBetting.ag has unveiled the odds for potential candidates to assume the role of the Raiders’ head coach. Among the 23 contenders, the odds range from as low as 5/1 to as high as 100/1.
At the forefront of this list is the current head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh. Following him are two current offensive coordinators: Ben Johnson (Lions) and Frank Smith (Dolphins). Beneath them, two defensive coordinators, Dan Quinn (Cowboys) and Jim Schwartz (Browns), round out the notable names.
Jim Harbaugh 5/1
Ben Johnson 7/1
Frank Smith 8/1
Dan Quinn 9/1
Jim Schwartz 9/1
Kellen Moore 10/1
Antonio Pierce 12/1
Brian Flores 12/1
Brian Johnson 12/1
Ejiro Evero 12/1
The fact that Harbaugh leads the pack is particularly noteworthy.
Harbaugh has held the head coaching position at Michigan since 2015 and had a strong start with three 10-3 seasons in four years. After a challenging 2-4 season during the COVID pandemic, the team made a significant comeback. Michigan achieved a 12-2 record in 2021 and a 13-1 record in 2022, triumphing over Ohio State and securing a spot in the College Football Playoff for both seasons. Although they began the current season with an 8-0 record, they are now embroiled in a sign-stealing controversy.
Harbaugh might consider leaving Michigan and its NCAA issues to return to the NFL, which has been a possibility he explored in recent years. However, there is one potential obstacle if he decides to make the leap.
Harbaugh enjoyed four successful seasons as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, with his teams making it to the NFC Championship Game in three consecutive years.
Considering interim head coaches, the Raiders are now seeking their fourth head coach since 2021. It’s high time they find a long-term solution to steer the team in the right direction.