Here's a fun rumor to start your Monday: former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach as the 2010 head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
As a rumor, it makes a ton of sense, as Yahoo! national NFL writer Michael Silver suggested last week. Leach has been accused of improper behavior and he likes to throw the ball deep, and those are two things Al Davis loves. Whether or not it makes football sense is another matter entirely, as the Raiders already have a head coach, a fellow named Tom Cable.
To me, what makes football sense is to keep Cable. The Raiders, despite their numerous flaws, had periods this year where they actually seemed cohesive and capable. Were they worldbeaters? No. But they stayed together, they played hard through Week 17, and only had a handful of performances that were horribly, Raider-iffically embarrassing.
That might seem like setting the bar pretty low, but it's more than any Raiders coach could say since Bill Callahan's first year, and that quickly unraveled a year later. I think Cable's made progress, and I think that should be rewarded. Do we really have a right to expect better than 5-11 from a team with JaMarcus "Is this hotel pager-friendly?" Russell, Bruce Gradkowski(notes) and Charlie Frye(notes) as their quarterbacks?
Anyway, while the rumor's out there, and Raiders sites are mulling it over, I've yet to see anything that actually links him to the Raiders. I think it's way more likely that we'll hear about Tom Cable being brought back next year, but we're talking about Al Davis here. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Mike Leach(notes), Vonta Leach(notes) or Robin Leach were given the job.