Dear Rich Gannon: The Oakland Raiders Need You

Joseph LopezCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2009

Not since the start of the 2004 NFL season has Rich Gannon played a game for the Oakland Raiders. Gannon, known throughout the league for his accurate arm and good decision making skills, was injured in the third game of the season against the Tampa Bay Bucs—the injury eventually ended his career.

Gannon finished with 17,585 yards passing as a Raider—Ken Stabler holds the franchise record with his 19,078 yards passing as a Raider. Gannon, however, owns the franchise record for the highest completion percentage (62.6) and has the best touchdown to interception ratio—he threw 114 touchdowns and only 50 interceptions as a Raider.

Gannon's hard work ethic, and dedication to the game of football helped him lead the Raiders to 3-straight AFC West Division Titles as well as a Super Bowl appearance. Gannon won the NFL MVP in 2002 after leading the league in passing yards, and finishing second in passer rating.

But those days are long gone now. Now, the Oakland Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL—finished 5-11 last season and haven't had a winning season since Gannon suited up for the 2004 season.

Since his retirement from the NFL, Rich Gannon signed on with CBS to help commentate games across the nation—he's done a great job so far.

However, Rich Gannon should seriously consider coaching in the NFL. Gannon has the experience as well as great leadership skills that could make him a great NFL coach. With that being said, the Raiders should try and lure in Gannon by offering him some kind of position in management. It would really be a great addition for a Raiders team who hasn't had leadership since Gannon left.