Oakland Raiders Good Coaches with Tenure Made a Difference

A Quiz

1. What is the name of the man who coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 years?

2. What is the name of the man who coached the Raiders for nine years?

3. How long did Art Shell coach the Oakland Raiders?

4. How long did Jon Gruden coach the Oakland Raiders?

These are questions that many of the senior Oakland Raiders fans know the answer.

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The Key

John Madden coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 years. His tenure is the longest of any Oakland Raiders coach.

The correct answer to the second question is Tom Flores. Flores coached the Raiders for nine years.

Art Shell coached the Raiders for five years. He shared the head coach position with Mike Shanahan for one year in 1989. There was a gap in his Raiders coaching career and he returned for one year in 2006. So actually, Shell coached the Raiders for seven years with a break in his tenure.

In fourth place when you rank the length of coaching careers, there is Jon Gruden who coached for four years.

A focus on 1978 to 2009 helps readers see the performance of teams playing a 16-game regular season.

John Madden was the first Oakland Raiders coach to deal with a 16-game season. He only coached a 16-game season for one year.

Tom Flores took over in 1979. He coached the Raiders for nine years.

Here is the data for more recent years, from 1995 to present.

Coaching Tenure  2 White 1 Bugel 4 Gruden 2 Callahan 2 Turner 1 Shell 2 Kiffin 3 Cable (2010)      
The graphs shows the period of decline.

The trend is upward for 2007 to 2010.

There is a lot of work to do to get the Oakland Raiders back on track. Coaching stability certainly is a factor that can help things move upward. The...

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