After a 12-year run with the Stanford Cardinal, David Shaw is free to land where he wants. The highly-respected head coach announced his resignation from the program following Saturday’s season-ending loss to BYU.

For Shaw, this represents the bitter end to an otherwise brilliant run in Palo Alto. Since taking over for Jim Harbaugh as the program’s head coach back in 2011, Shaw posted a 96-54 record. He led the program to three top-10 finishes with two Rose Bowl wins mixed in.

Unfortunately, the Cardinal did not have a ton of success in Shaw’s final four seasons with the program. That span saw them post a 14-27 record. Prior to that, the innovative offensive mind had put up a 82-27 mark, making Stanford a national powerhouse in the process.

It remains to be seen where the 50-year-old Shaw will land next. What we do know is that he had drawn a ton of interest from NFL teams in the past. Shaw’s loyalty to the Cardinal pretty much ended any thought of him becoming a head coach at the next level. That’s now obviously changed.

Whether it’s as a head coach or a coordinator, Shaw could make the jump to the professional ranks in 2023. If so, here’s a look at four ideal landing spots.


David Shaw replaces Josh McDaniels with the Las Vegas Raiders

McDaniels’ hot seat is not necessarily on fire after two consecutive road overtime wins, including a thriller against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. With that said, his Raiders are a mere 4-7 on the season and pretty much out of the AFC Playoff race altogether. Sure owner Mark Davis has given McDaniels a vote of confidence in his first season. But that means very little. If Vegas continues to struggle, a one-and-done tenure for McDaniels in Sin City could be in the cards.

Enter into the equation a coach in Shaw who served as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 1998-2000 before taking over as quarterbacks coach in 2001. All he did that season was help turn Rich Gannon into an MVP candidate after the quarterback was seen as nothing more than a journeyman earlier in his career. It would not be a surprise if the Raiders went back to the drawing board with Shaw should they decide McDaniels is not up to the job.