Schefter Says Antonio Pierce is the Favorite to be the Raiders’ Next Head Coach

The Raiders are expected to wrap up interviews for their GM vacancy this weekend, and once that position has been filled, the team will address their head-coaching vacancy.

The consensus seems to be that Jim Harbaugh and Antonio Pierce are the frontrunners for the HC job, and it sounds like one candidate might have a slight edge over the other.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pierce is the favorite to get the Raiders’ job…

“Interim coach Antonio Pierce has emerged as the leading candidate to become the full-time head coach for the Raiders, with the support of key players in Las Vegas, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

There will be other options for Raiders owner Mark Davis to consider, but as one source said, “I would be blown away if Antonio weren’t the pick.

The Raiders have not done any other head-coaching interviews. They have interest in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, sources told Schefter, but the focus is on Pierce. Pierce, 45, is also interviewing with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, sources said.”

The players have been adamant that they want Pierce back next year, and Maxx Crosby seemed to raise the stakes on Friday with his “line in the sand” tweet in support of Pierce.

Of course, the opinion that matters most on the next Raiders’ head coach is team owner Mark Davis and it has been said that he plans to go into the interview process with an open mind.

If Davis is, in fact, keeping an open mind on the head-coaching hire, he’s one of the few members of the organization still taking that approach.

The rest of the building seems to be all-in on Pierce.

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