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Are there any Raiders assistants who could make for future head coaching candidates?

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NFL: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mainly the discussions around Oakland these days have been about the assistants who have been fired or who the fans think should be fired. But let’s flip that around and ponder whether there are any assistants who could be, at some point, on the radar for a head coaching position somewhere.

The first two that would obviously come to mind would be the two Assistant Head Coaches, Mike Tice and John Pagano.

Tice in particular was once given his shot at being a head coach in Minnesota. That lasted five seasons, ending in 2005 and he hasn’t gotten another opportunity since. He was an offensive coordinator in Chicago for one season in 2012.

Pagano was a defensive coordinator in San Diego for five seasons before being let go and joining the Raiders in a support role for former defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Pagano took over as the play caller two weeks ago and the defense has played pretty well in that time, albeit against two very bad teams with very bad quarterbacks.

Then there’s 37-year-old Todd Downing who has risen up the ranks fairly quickly, from QB coach for the Lions, Bills, and Raiders over the previous six seasons to being in demand as an OC this offseason, prompting the Raiders to promote him to the position rather than risk losing him. Thus far the offense has not played well, so the jury is still out on his abilities. And, of course, there’s always the question of if he has the presence of a head coach.

Other potential assistants include defensive line coach Jethro Franklin (11 years as NFL coach), tight ends coach Bobby Johnson (8 seasons as NFL coach), and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (10 seasons as NFL coach).


Which, if any, of these Raiders assistants seems most likely to get the call to be a head coach in the future?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Todd Downing
    (72 votes)
  • 1%
    Jethro Franklin
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Bobby Johnson
    (6 votes)
  • 20%
    John Pagano
    (257 votes)
  • 1%
    Sal Sunseri
    (16 votes)
  • 32%
    Mike Tice
    (409 votes)
  • 38%
    None of the above (sorry, added late)
    (481 votes)
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