Ranking NFL head coaching openings from best to worst: AFC West openings are intriguing for different reasons

Are you ready for another round of the NFL coaching carousel? Playoff football is fun too, but it’s just as entertaining to follow coaching searches as several NFL teams begin the process of interviewing and hiring their next leaders. Will Brian Daboll or Eric Bieniemy land jobs this time around? Who is going to be this year’s risky hire? It’s going to be fun to see how it all shakes out.

The other facet of NFL coaching searches are the jobs themselves. If you were a hot commodity, where would you want to coach? You have players, quarterbacks, cap space, ownership — so many things to take into consideration. Below, we will attempt to rank all of the head coach opening from first to worst. 

It may not even be fair to call this a “head coach opening” since Rich Bisaccia is currently crushing it as the interim coach. He led this team to four straight wins to end the season, including the incredible, 35-32 Sunday night showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers that almost ended in a tie. Bisaccia is going to get an interview, and if he defeats the Cincinnati Bengals come Saturday, who knows what will happen?

Seemingly every offseason we have a discussion about Derek Carr and his future, but he’s coming off a campaign in which he threw for a career-high 4,804 yards. As we have seen recently, Josh Jacobs is a pretty good back when you want to feature him, and then Vegas also has a dominant slot receiver in Hunter Renfrow and one of the best tight ends in the NFL in Darren Waller. As for the defense, there’s some work to do on that side of the ball, but you have to be impressed with how this unit played at times down the stretch. If you can hit on a few draft picks in your first season, things could turn around fast. Expect the Raiders to draft better as well, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that owner Mark Davis is “very likely” to be making a change at general manager. 

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