Insider Believes Raiders are Going to Hire Champ Kelly and Antonio Pierce

The Raiders haven’t made a decision on their next GM and head coach, but it seems like momentum is quickly moving in the direction of Champ Kelly and Antonio Pierce being retained.

Sports Illustrated insider Hondo Carpenter offered an update on the Raiders hiring process this week, and he believes Kelly and Pierce are the clear front runners to be hired for their respective positions.

“Based on what I know, I still do not expect anything other than Champ [Kelly] and Antonio [Pierce] to be retained,” Carpenter said on the Las Vegas Raiders Insider podcast. “Champ interviewed on Saturday and nothing that I’m hearing [would suggest otherwise].”

”I’m not basing that prediction on outside noise,” Hondo continued. “I’m not pushing against [Jim] Harbaugh. I’m pushing with the narrative that’s inside the franchise and it’s ‘We want AP and we want Champ’, and that’s what I’m hearing that they are going to get.”

On Saturday, there were a lot of messages sent around the Raiders GM and HC search, including a report from ESPN that Pierce is the front runner to be the Raiders next head coach. Maxx Crosby followed up that report by suggesting he might request a trade if the Raiders don’t retain Pierce.

It has been clear for weeks that the Raiders’ locker room is united on who they want to be their next head coach, and this time it sounds like owner Mark Davis is going to listen.

For what it’s worth, another insider weighed in on the matter on Sunday, and if you’re wondering about the Raiders timeline on their impending hires, this looks like a timeline that would make sense…

Vic Tafur on Twitter: “Champ hired Tuesday and AP Thursday? / Twitter”

Champ hired Tuesday and AP Thursday?

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14 thoughts on “Insider Believes Raiders are Going to Hire Champ Kelly and Antonio Pierce

  1. Let’s all hope and pray this happens. It is the move in the most positive direction. The locker room is united and the chemistry they have built is so awesome. The players from past are all into this. After the 2 important hires call WM time to get rid of some trash we need picked up. Ex: garrapolo and hoyer. Let’s do whatever it takes to move up and get Daniels to the Raiders. Just win baby!!

  2. Just need an offensive coordinator and a GOOD starting QB, get Patton Manning or Tom Brady for offensive coordinator

  3. Mark Davis you got your dad rolling in his grave he’s just telling you son listen take Antonio Pierce and champ and just get the job done. So we can move on and make everybody happy and go to the playoffs next year

  4. Quit reporting anything this clown thinks or “reports”. He was a complete suck up to the McDaniels/Zeigler fiasco and needs to quit his job or at least go “report” on another team. Raider Nation doesn’t need him around to give us a “story”. When AP is hired we’ll get the truth from AP. AP isn’t a egotistical blow hard that will lie and lay blame on anybody and everybody before looking in the mirror. Vrabel and Harbaugh should get interviewed at least as well as Slowick. Still undecided about GM. It’s not like Champ was 1st runner up last time. Dodds should be considered.

  5. AP and Champ have earned the right to get the opportunity, the only other option would be Harbaugh who is a proven winner. They need to havea clear plan for the team moving forward, especially at qb and re-signing Jacob’s and improving off line

  6. It would be great for raider nation if Davis
    Keeps those two. I have been a raiders fan for 60 years but won’t be if he let’s them go. We have struggled to long with this ****
    No more

    1. I agree, I was born in the 60’s and been a Raiders fan ever since. If they aren’t hired, I will probably stop watching them.

  7. Finally Mark Davis is going to
    Do the right thing . Hiring AP & Champ Kelly is the best thing .players will want to come and play for the Raiders .this off season ,raiders need to work on getting our offense better . I think players who are released from other teams .will be glad to play for AP

  8. Oh please, these guys are desperate with second team choices, get somebody with smarts like the last two defensive coordinators who are in the playoffs not these current jackasses! Jeez!

  9. Oh please, these guys are desperate with second team choices, get somebody with smarts like the last two 49 er defensive coordinators who are in the playoffs not these current jackasses! Jeez!

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