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Let’s Rank All Of The Oakland Raiders Head Coaches

 

 

15. Joe Bugel

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Years Coached: 1997

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-12

 

Joe Bugel was the former head coach of the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals when the Raiders hired him to take over as head coach of their team in 1997. How they looked through all the potential candidates and landed on Bugel is anyone’s guess? In four seasons with the Cardinals, Bugel went 20-44 and never made the playoffs. His best season was in 1993 when the team went 7-9. The dude was a garbage head coach, but that didn’t stop the Raiders from promoting him to that position in 1997. Bugel’s team went 4-12 (at the time, it was the Raiders worst finish in over 30 years) and he was quickly sent down the road. This was back when the Raiders had decent expectations and expected to have good head coaches on their staff. That’s no longer the case.


 

14. Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen

Years Coached: 2012-2014

Total Games Coached: 36

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-28

 

Dennis Allen is a pretty good defensive coordinator. Dennis Allen is also not a very good head coach and if you need proof of this, look at his time spent as head coach of the Raiders. Allen was the head coach of the Raiders from 2012-2014 and his teams never won more than 4 games in a season. You can blame that on the fact that his teams never had a good QB (a washed-up Carson Palmer, a horrible Matt Leinart, the disgusting Terrelle Pryor experiment, and Matt F’N McGloin are just some examples) and since Allen is a defensive-minded guy, it was a nightmare match-up for Oakland. Anyway you slice it, the Dennis Allen Era in Oakland was something Raiders fans would love to quickly forget….


 

13. Lane Kiffin

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Years Coached: 2007-2008

Total Games Coached: 20

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 5-15

 

Lane Kiffin never should have been the Raiders head coach, but that’s what the Raiders like to do. Hire unqualified guys. Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at USC when Oakland came calling and offered him the head coaching job. Yes, the guy had NEVER been a head coach on any level and the Raiders were all like “Dude, come over here and turn this dumpster fire around”. At the time, Kiffin was the youngest head coach in the NFL’s modern era and it was all just one big recipe for disaster. After going 4-12 in his first year, Al Davis wanted Kiffin to resign as head coach, but Kiffin refused. He got a second year in Oakland and after a 1-3 start to the season, Al Davis held a memorable press conference where he just hammered the shit out of Kiffin and fired his ass. Kiffin has never returned to the NFL, but he has bounced around the college football world and is currently serving time as head coach at Florida Atlantic.


 

12. Norv Turner

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Years Coached: 2004-2005

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-23

 

Norv Turner has had an odd long career in the NFL. He’s been a coach in the NFL in some capacity for over 30 years. He’s had alot of success as an offensive coordinator with various teams and has had mixed results as a head coach. He spent seven seasons in Washington as head coach and only managed to make the playoffs once in that time span. After his stint in Washington, Turner made stops in Miami & San Diego as OC before the Raiders jumped at the chance to hire him in 2004. Turner went 5-11 in his first year and 4-12 the next and also managed to go 1-11 in division games in that time. Anyone that remembers Al Davis remembers a guy who was extremely impatient with his head coaches and there was just no way Turner was getting a third year.


 

11. Hue Jackson

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Years Coached: 2011

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-8

 

Once upon a time, Hue Jackson coached an NFL team that won 8 games in one season. I know it sounds like I’m making that up, but it’s true. Hue had bounced around a number of different NFL teams as a position coach until he was hired as the OC of the Raiders in 2010. Jackson was eventually promoted to head coach after the Raiders fired Tom Cable and this is where I remind you that promoting from with-in in the NFL rarely works. Jackson went 8-8 in his one year with the team and new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie fired his ass in an effort to build a team using his own blue print. We all know what happened to Jackson following his tenure in Oakland and it’s not pretty……


 

10. Tom Cable

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Years Coached: 2008-2010

Total Games Coached: 44

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 17-27

 

The Oakland Raiders had the hardest time finding a solid head coach from 2006 to 2014 and they made a lot of boneheaded hires. Perhaps the biggest boneheaded hire was their decision to make Tom Cable the head coach in 2008. What the hell had Tom Cable ever done to deserve to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders? Cable was a long-time college football coach who spent various amounts of time at a number of different schools. He became head coach of the Idaho Vandals in 2000 and in four seasons with the team compiled an overall record of 11-35! Apparently NFL teams were impressed by this so much that they eventually convinced Cable to jump to the pros where he spent a season as offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons. After one season with the Falcons, Cable was hired by the Raiders as an offensive line coach under Lane Kiffin. After Kiffin was fired four games into the 2008 season, Cable was named interim head coach and the team finished the season by going 4-8. Raiders brass was so impressed with Cable’s 4-8 record that they went ahead and gave him the job full-time. After going 11-19 in two full seasons with the Raiders, Cable was fired and the team was once again left scrambling to look for a decent head coach, but at least most of us will always remember the Tom Cable days.


 

9. Mike Shanahan

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Years Coached: 1988-1989

Total Games Coached: 20

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-12

 

Knowing what we know about Mike Shanahan now, I bet Al Davis and the Raiders would have done everything in their power to make this relationship work. Unfortunately it was a disaster almost from the beginning due to the egos and stubbornness of all those involved. Shanahan was the first head coach the Raiders had hired from outside of the organization since Al Davis bought the team. The two butted heads almost instantly. After his first season with the team where they finished 7-9, there was all sorts of drama involving Davis and Shanahan’s assistants. Some of the assistant coaches were hand-picked Davis guys and some were hand-picked Shanahan guys and people were getting fired and re-hired and it was a big ass mess of drama as head coach and the team’s owner just couldn’t agree on anything. In his second year with the team, the Raiders started out 1-3 and that’s all Davis needed to convince himself that Shanahan was a bum. He fired Shanahan and less than ten years later, Shanahan turned the Raiders heated rivals the Denver Broncos into multiple Super Bowl champions. But hey, Al Davis didn’t like him and that’s more important than Super Bowl titles when talking about the Raiders.


 

8. Mike White

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Years Coached: 1995-1996

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-17

 

Mike White was an assistant coach with the Raiders for four years when he was finally promoted to the head coaching gig in 1995. Things started out really good for White and the Raiders as they chugged off to an impressive 8-2 start and looked like a team that was ready to contend. And then they ended up going 0-6 in their final six games to finish 8-8 and missing out on the playoffs. Yikes. The next year wasn’t much better as the Raiders finished 7-9, missed out on the playoffs once again and supposedly Al Davis had someone call White’s house on Christmas Eve to let him know he was fired. Have I ever mentioned how miserable of a human being Al Davis seemed to be?


 

7. Jack Del Rio

Jack Del Rio

Years Coached: 2015-2017

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 25-23

 

Jack Del Rio is a good NFL head coach. I would hesitate to call him a great NFL head coach, but let’s give the guy some credit he so rightfully deserves. This is a guy who spent almost a decade in Jacksonville and actually built that team up to some respectability. He only won one playoff game in Jacksonville, but he still had some decent seasons with one of the NFL’s worst ran franchises. After spending some time with the Denver Broncos as DC, the Raiders hired Del Rio as head coach in 2015 to take over a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years! Del Rio managed to break that streak in 2016 when the Raiders went 12-4 and returned to post-season action. Unfortunately they ended up getting stomped by the Texans in the playoffs and following a disappointing 6-10 season the next year, Del Rio was fired.


 

6. Art Shell

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Years Coached: 1989-1994 (first-stint), 2006 (second-stint)

Total Games Coached: 108

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 56-42

 

If you asked Al Davis who the best NFL coach of all-time is, he would probably answer “Art Shell”. Shell was a long-time Raiders player who eventually joined the coaching staff after he retired from playing. He ended up getting promoted to head coach after the Mike Shanhan/Al Davis experiment blew up in everyone’s face. After the debacle with Shanahan, Davis wanted a guy as head coach who would be somewhat of a  “Yes man” to Davis. Enter Art Shell. Shell took over as head coach full-time in 1990 and the team had immediate success. The Raiders went 12-4 in his first year with the team, won the division, and made it all the way to the AFC Championship game before losing to the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately for Shell, that was the highlight of his Raiders coaching career. The next four seasons weren’t bad, but they weren’t exactly good either. The Raiders constantly flirted with the 7-10 mark the next three seasons while only compiling one playoff win in that time. After going 9-7 and missing the playoffs in 1994, Al Davis decided to fire Shell in a move that he later publicly regretted. He was able to put a band-aid on the situation though because he brought Shell back in 2006 to help bring the team back to those glory days. The Raiders went 2-14 (their worst season since 1962) and Shell was fired again.


 

5. Jon Gruden

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Years Coached: 1998-2001 (first-stint), 2018-present (second-stint)

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 42-38

 

Raiders fans love them some Jon Gruden. That just goes to show you that Raiders fans love themselves some mediocrity. Gruden is a decent NFL head coach, but you’re fooling yourself if you think this guy is one of the best minds in the game. He won a Super Bowl with a team that was built by one of the brightest minds in the game (Tony Dungy). He has an extremely average overall record as head coach of the Raiders. He’s 42-38 in five total seasons with the Raiders and is 2-2 in the post-season but for some reason, Oakland fans think he’s going to be the savior of the franchise. He constantly shows that he has no idea how to handle players and their egos (remember the Keyshawn Johnson debacle in Tampa Bay?) and makes boneheaded roster moves because he thinks he’s the smartest man alive. Jon Gruden sucks and the Raiders will suck as long as he’s the head coach.


 

4. Bill Callahan

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Years Coached: 2002-2003

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-17

 

Jon Gruden couldn’t get the Oakland Raiders over the hump. That led the Raiders to trade Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and promote Bill Callahan to the head coaching job. Callahan is not a good head coach and this was a mistake by the Raiders, BUT CALLAHAN WON THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP AND GOT THE RAIDERS TO A SUPER BOWL…..something Jon Gruden couldn’t achieve with this team. However, here we are years later and Callahan is still considered a bum by Raiders fans while Gruden is held up high on a pedestal. Imagine being that dumb of a fan base.


 

3. John Rauch

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Years Coached: 1966-1968

Total Games Coached: 42

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 33-8-1

 

The John Rauch/Oakland Raiders era was short and sweet. Rauch was only the Raiders head coach for three seasons, but they were three pretty glorious seasons. After going 8-5-1 in his first year with the team, the Raiders saw a drastic improvement in year two under Rauch. Oakland went 13-1 in 1967 and won the AFC Championship before losing to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II. The following season saw more of the same with the Raiders going 12-2 but they ended up losing to the New York Jets in the AFC Championship which ended their season and Rauch’s tenure in Oakland. As good as Rauch was as the Raiders head coach, he ended up leaving the Raiders after the 1968 season because he was sick of dealing with Al Davis’ bullshit. Color me surprised.


 

2. Tom Flores

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Years Coached: 1979-1987

Total Games Coached: 136

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 83-53

 

Tom Flores was a long-time Raiders player & assistant coach who became head coach after the retirement of John Madden. Madden was coming off an extremely impressive stint as Raiders head coach and Flores was pegged as the man to keep the train rolling. That’s exactly what he did. Flores spent nine seasons as the Raiders head coach and only had two losing seasons in that time span. His teams made the playoffs on five different occasions and oh yeah……the Raiders won two Super Bowls with him as their head coach in 1980 and 1983. It really pains me to give the Raiders credit, but Tom Flores was a wonderful hire who did spectacular things after Madden left the team. The Raiders could’ve crashed into a wall and been miserable for years, but Flores made sure that didn’t happen and kept the machine pumping. He would be #1 on this list if it wasn’t for……


 

1. John Madden

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Years Coached: 1969-1978

Total Games Coached: 142

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 103-32-7

 

BOOM! DID SOMEBODY GET THE # OF THAT TRUCK?

That’s right fellas and ladies. Tough actin Tinactin aside, John Madden is the G.O.A.T. when it comes to head coaches of the Oakland Raiders. He’s the longest-tenured head coach in Raiders history. He’s the most winningest coach in Raiders history. He spent ten seasons as head coach in Oakland AND NEVER HAD A LOSING SEASON GUYS! Madden’s teams made the AFC Championship FIVE STRAIGHT TIMES!!! And to top it all off, Madden’s 1976 team went 13-1 and won the organization’s first ever Super Bowl in what was arguably the organization’s best year ever. Go ahead and argue this all you want. John Madden is a part of the world’s best football video game and he’s also the BEST HEAD COACH IN OAKLAND RAIDERS HISTORY! BOOM!!!!