Mike Leach Raiders Next Head Coach?: C’mon, Al, Can You Do Better Than That?

Ever since the bye week, rumors of Tom Cable's demise as head coach and who would replace him have been flying. Now, at season's end, these rumors have picked up speed.

We've heard names like Jim Fassell, Charlie Weis, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Marc Trestman, and now, Mike Leach.

In the last few days, Leach's name has been mentioned regarding the Raiders far too many times just to be a simple rumor.

But is Leach really what we want as a head coach?

In no way am I a Tom Cable supporter. My biggest complaint against Cable is his decision making.

His pass happy play-calling fails to utilize our strong running game and talents of Michael Bush, Justin Fargas, and Darren McFadden.

Then there's the media circus and criminal accusations against Cable.

Mike Leach already has his own media circus for "locking" a player in an equipment shed. Unfortunately, that player happened to be the son of an ESPN analyst who was unhappy about his son's lack of playing time.

Then there is the incredibly pass-happy offense that Leach ran at Texas Tech.

If you watched any of their games, you saw a lot of shotgun and three-plus wide receiver sets.

Sure, running backs caught the ball out of the backfield, but the running game was nearly non-existent, as the team averaged over 400 yards per game through the air, yet only 84 yards per game on the ground.

I can't recall a single instance where I've seen Texas Tech involve a fullback or a two tight-end set in the offense.

Being a Raider fan since the '90s, that is not what I know as Raider football.

Raider football is a strong-armed QB and fast receivers. Raider football is a ruthless fullback paving the way for a smashmouth running game. Raider football is 4th-and-short and the whole stadium knows the ball is going to Zack Crockett, yet the defense can't do a thing about it.

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