Raiders Fire Josh McDaniels (Head Coach), GM & OC, Bench Jimmy G, And Hit the Reset Button
If you watched Monday Night Football, or any Raiders games this season, you weren’t surprised by Wednesday morning’s breaking news. The Las Vegas Raiders may have a 3-5 record, but they’re the only team in the NFL yet to break 21 points in a game. Their 26-14 loss to the Lions was too ugly for a team with that much talent, and it came to a breaking point. House cleaning… The Raiders fired head coach Josh McDaniels, GM Dave Ziegler and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi on Wednesday.
Raiders in Review
It was only three years ago when the Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas. They built the brand new Allegiant Stadium off the strip and came roaring into their new digs with a $100 million tied to head coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock. The Gruden scandal was a national embarrassment. In came Josh McDaniels, a highly-coveted member of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. But McDaniels’ record as a head coach has been abysmal (20-33). His only real selling point has been his extensive time as Tom Brady’s coordinator in New England.
The Raiders are 3-5 with all three wins coming against the Broncos, Packers, and Patriots — three teams with losing records. Vegas signed WR Davante Adams to a 5-year, $140 million contract and QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a 3-year, $73 million contract while refusing to pay RB Josh Jacobs this offseason. They’re a mess. And the trainwreck in primetime on Monday Night Football sealed the fates of the offensive staff and GM. The visual of Davante Adams slamming his helmet after a wide-open touchdown was under-thrown was the final straw for owner Mark Davis.
Hours after McDaniels and Ziegler were fired, Jimmy G was benched in favor of rookie QB Aidan O’Connell. Then they canned OC Mick Lombardi, too. Rebuild imminent.
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