Monday, January 04, 2010

NFL Coaching News: Mike Leach to the Raiders?

Today has been nothing short of amazing when it comes to NFL news. Especially here in the Washington DC area where the Washington Redskins always keep you busy during the off season. However, this bit of news from the original czars of poor management the Oakland Raiders.

According to sources at the Dan Patrick Show, the Oakland Raiders are very interested in former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. While being a surprising move, this one actually does make sense.

Current Raiders coach Tom Cable has been under fire all season. It doesn't help that he may or may not have broken one of his assistants jaws during training camp. Combine that with a losing record, and the revolving door at quarterback, and you have a man who is prepared to have a short tenure as a head coach.

In Mike Leach you have a man who is also surrounded by controversy, but his stems from dealing with kids at Texas Tech. The Raiders have proved in the past that they are not afraid to dip into the college ranks for a coach. In Mike Leach they get a quirky guy, but a pretty good football coach. Leach is best known for his innovative pass happy offense that has lit up scores in the Big 12 South for the past 10 seasons. It is no secret that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, loves the vertical passing game. From that perspective hiring Leach should be a match made in heaven.

Let's just hope this pass happy college coach fairs better than the last one who made the trip to the NFL. Remember Steve Spurrier's NFL experiment? Washington Redskin fans do.


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