Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels has come a long way since his failed tenure with the Denver Broncos. However, CBS Sports isn’t too impressed with him just yet. In fact, he didn’t do well on a recent list.
This past offseason, there was tons of hearsay and rumors once the team made it clear that Rich Bisaccia would not be retained. Everyone remembers the whole Jim Harbaugh debacle that ended up with him staying in Michigan. Be that as it may, owner Mark Davis apparently found his guy in McDaniels. Alongside him, the Raiders brought in Dave Ziegler as general manager. Needless to say, it appeared that the Silver and Black were trending toward the Patriot Way.
However, McDaniels made it clear he’s learned from both his failures (Broncos) and his time as Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator. He’ll be looking to put it all together with the Raiders, and so far, he’s off to a good start. However, Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports recently ranked him 25th in a preseason coaching rank list. Just one spot above another former Raiders head coach, Dennis Allen,
“Which is the taller task for McDaniels: bucking the trend of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, rewriting his infamous history as a head coach (and candidate), or surviving the AFC West? He’s got the Patriot Way embedded in his blood, and his sour Broncos days are long behind him, but we still need to see him properly run an entire organization as opposed to an offense.”
All eyes will be on Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels right out of the gate
The fact that coaches such as Kevin O’Connell, Nathaniel Hackett, and Mike McDaniel were put ahead of McDaniels is dubious at best. Especially when you consider all of them are first-time head coaches. Meanwhile, McDaniels has been one of the best and most consistently good offensive minds in the NFL. Regardless, he’s inheriting a Raiders team with high expectations following a star-studded offseason that saw his team acquire Davante Adams and Chandler Jones.
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