Raiders Rumors: Las Vegas Considering David Shaw As Head Coach Candidate
David Shaw, Stanford, Raiders
Nov 5, 2022; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw before the game against the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders have fallen back down to Earth after an inspired resurgence last month as they’ve now dropped two games in a row.

Their most recent loss came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, and it was a tough one as the Raiders actually looked like they would win after going up 14-0. However, Kansas City erupted offensively shortly after and left Las Vegas to stew over another defeat to their AFC West rivals.

Interim head coach Antonio Pierce has drawn rave reviews from the players and the organization for how he’s injected lift back into the team, but he’s not a shoo-in to keep the role once the 2023 season is over. Owner Mark Davis will cast a wide net when it comes to looking for the franchise’s next head coach and general manager.

There are going to be several names linked to the job over the coming months, but one intriguing candidate has already emerged. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas is reportedly eyeing former Stanford head coach David Shaw:

One candidate gaining some traction for the coaching job is former Stanford coach David Shaw, according to league sources.

Shaw stepped down at Stanford following the 2022 season after spending 12 years in charge of the program and the previous four as a Cardinal assistant under Jim Harbaugh. Shaw concluded his time in charge as Stanford’s all-time leader in wins with 96. His tenure included eight straight winning seasons, three Pac-12 championships, three Rose Bowl appearances and two Rose Bowl wins.

Shaw is a well-decorated collegiate coach but saw his final three seasons with the Cardinals end in disappointment. However, Shaw seems ready to make the jump to the NFL as he previously interviewed with the Denver Broncos for their head coaching position before they gave it to Sean Payton.

The former Stanford head coach has ties to the Raiders organization as he was an assistant with them from 1998 to 2001. He was also in consideration for their head coaching position back in 2015, but he opted to stay with Standford, and the team would go on to hire Jack Del Rio.

Charles Woodson interested in ownership position with Raiders

Charles Woodson remains a beloved figure among the Silver and Black faithful, and he remains fond of the organization that drafted him No. 4 overall in 1998. Fans have clamored for him to return to the Raiders as their head coach, but Woodson said he’s more interested in an ownership role instead.