Only Nation: Raiders Change More Personnel

Josh McDaniels was officially hired as the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. We discuss his hiring and other changes to the team as a new era begins for the Silver and Black.

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Personnel Changes

Last week, McDaniels was officially welcomed as the new head coach of the Raiders. During his 21 years of coaching, McDaniels has spent 13 years as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator. He held this position across two stints with the team. During that span, he led New England’s offense to a top-ten ranking eight times. The Patriots led the NFL in offense three times. They were ranked first in 2007, 2012, and 2017.

After interviewing for the general manager position, Champ Kelly was named to the newly created position of Assistant General Manager by the Raiders. The Silver and Black have never had this position in over 60 years as a team. Kelly spent the past seven seasons with the Chicago Bears, including the last five years as the Bears’ Assistant Director of Player Personnel.

Once McDaniels was named head coach, he moved quickly, filling many coaching vacancies. One of the major positions he has already filled is that of defensive coordinator. Patrick Graham comes over from the New York Giants, where he was also the defensive coordinator. Graham is considered a solid hire for the Raiders.

The Patriot Way

With the Raiders appointing Dave Ziegler as general manager and McDaniels as head coach, there is a heavy Patriots influence on Las Vegas. The question that now comes up is, are the Raiders copying “the Patriot way?” We wrestle with this question and conclude that doing so might not be a bad idea.

Potential Player Moves

Next, we will discuss the fate of the players on the Raiders’ defense for the 2022 season. Who stays and who goes? We ask this question of players such as linebacker Cory Littleton, defensive tackle Darius Philon, and edge rusher Carl Nassib. To wrap up our discussion segment, we look at what should happen to quarterback Derek Carr for the upcoming year.

Finally, we take a look at potential player signings with Patriot connections. On the defensive side of the ball, potential players include cornerback J.C. Jackson and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. On offense, we consider tight end Rob Gronkowski and whether he is worth signing given his injury history.

*Join Heidi Stabbert, Raider Homer and T3RaiderFax on their Las Vegas Raiders show The Only Nation Podcast. Sponsored by Chuckie’s Thugzz and available on podcast platforms everywhere.

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*Top Photo: Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal

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