Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be in the market for a new defensive coordinator in January after the firing of Paul Guenther from the role on Sunday night after a 44-27 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Several candidates will emerge.
Let’s take a look at some of the names who may interest Gruden, presented in alphabetical order:
He is the linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Rams and he worked five seasons as linebackers coach under Gruden for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is also the son-in-law of Raiders’ interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. So, there’s strong connections here.
He is the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers and if the staff is fired, he will be available. Bradley worked three seasons under Gruden in Tampa Bay and he has a lot of experience.
The interim coordinator could keep the job if the Raiders finish well. He and Gruden are close and he has a ton of experience.
The Atlanta Falcons’ interim head coach will likely be a favorite if he isn’t retained or doesn’t get another head-coaching job. He worked with Gruden in Tampa Bay and they are close.
He was a bust as a head coach with the Detroit Lions, but Gruden might be intrigued by Patricia’s New England Patriots’ roots.
He has a great track record of fixing defenses and is one of the coaches on this list, who would likely make the Raiders a 3-4 defense. He coached Cory Littleton and Lamarcus Joyner with the Rams and he reportedly is interested in the Raiders’ gig.
The former Atlanta head coach will be popular this offseason and he could be a nice fit.
He is the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the staff is fired, he may get interest from Gruden as he was on Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay.