NFL insider Josina Anderson has reported that according to a league source, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels is safe. Much to the chagrin of Raider Nation, which is calling for his head, the besieged shot-caller isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
McDaniels’ offense was completely shut out in New Orleans, 24-0, losing to the lowly Saints last week. On Sunday, Derek Carr and Davante Adams came out swinging against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was looking like the Raiders were, for the moment, back. Unfortunately, then the second half happened, and the Raiders’ offense put up zero points. McDaniels’ decision to take his foot off the pedal is now being second-guessed. Both Carr and Adams expressed concern and frustration following Sunday’s game. As most Raiders fans are aware, owner Mark Davis has held meetings with McDaniels behind closed doors this season. However, Davis, at the same time, made it known that McDaniels wasn’t going anywhere.
League source on the status of the #Raiders: “Josh (McDaniels) is safe. Don’t believe crowd noise. Everyone is disappointed, but no one is panicking. We all feel we have a good team, we just have to finish games better.”
— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 7, 2022
Despite making history for all the wrong reasons over the last couple of weeks, Raiders fans need to come to grips with this situation. Clearly, the Raiders’ trio of McDaniels, Davis, and general manager Dave Ziegler are in it for the long haul. Even Raiders legend Tim Brown drew parallels to Jon Gruden’s first year.
Josh McDaniels isn’t going anywhere, maybe Raider Nation needs to accept this.
If team brass isn’t panicking, it goes to show you the measure of their resolve. When Ziegler and McDaniels were brought in, it was made clear that they were going to win now. At the same time, they were going to lay a foundation for the future. While the latter has been true, with new contracts and a solid draft haul, the first part has yet to translate onto the field.
McDaniels’ offense has shown glimpses, as it did on Sunday. However, the defense still lags behind. There’s plenty of blame to go around for the three blown leads of 17-plus points, that’s true. What’s also true is that the Raiders are dug in for the long haul. At some point, fans will either join them or go elsewhere.
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