Rex Ryan’s 5 Potential Landing Spots For 2015 Season

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November 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; A man parachutes over the midfield logo before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 41-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are arguably the least talented team in the NFL, but having a coach like Ryan at the helm would do them a lot of good. He gets the most out of his players no matter their talent level or draft pedigree. The players love playing for him, and would bring a much needed culture change to a Raiders organization stuck in mediocrity.

There aren’t many building blocks here, but the Raiders are not as poor a job destination as they were when they hired Dennis Allen. They have finally begun hitting on some draft picks, as they have potential franchise cornerstones on both sides of the ball with Derek Carr leading the offense at quarterback and Khalil Mack at linebacker on defense. Those are two good players to build around, something that hasn’t been said for the Oakland Raiders in a long time.

With another high draft pick at their disposal this season, the Raiders could add another impact player to really get things going. Landing a player such as Alabama’s Amari Cooper in the 2015 draft to give a weapon to Carr would immensely improve a growing offense with Latavius Murray in the backfield. The pieces are beginning to be put into place for the Raiders to be competitive again, and Ryan could be the one to do it.

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Going up against the likes of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith you need a strong defense, something the Raiders haven’t had. Ryan would bring that, making him a strong fit for Oakland. The only caveat is that Ryan has struggled developing quarterbacks, and offenses in general as the head coach in the past. Getting someone to continue developing Carr is imperative to the Raiders future, so they would need a strong offensive coordinator next to Ryan.

One thing Ryan would definitely love with the Raiders is that they aren’t afraid to spend money. It may not always be the smartest ways to spend it, but they are willing to spend. The same thing couldn’t be said about Ryan’s former employers, and is a big reason he is now on the coaching free agent market.