The Las Vegas Raiders have their new Coach, Josh McDaniels
It has been reported that Josh McDaniels is expected to be the next head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. McDaniels does have previous head coaching experience in the league but that was way back in 2009-10 with the Denver Broncos. After going 11-17 over parts of two seasons, the Broncos relieved him of his duties. The Raiders have also chosen as general manager in Dave Ziegler. Ziegler has 12 years of NFL experience, beginning with a three-season stint with the Denver Broncos in 2010. He has spent the past nine years with the Patriots, first serving as assistant director of pro scouting and most recently as director of player personnel. Both McDaniels and Zeigler are coming from the New England Patriots. This won't be the first time NFL teams have chosen from New England personnel to improve their programs only to be disappointed. Both Mcdaniels and Zeigler were at Denver at the same time and share the 11-17 record. Josh McDaniels took arguably the best available head coaching job in the NFL on Sunday, much to the surprise of the lay NFL world who last checked in with the Patriots’ offensive coordinator when he backed out of the Colts’ job in 2019, leaving a mostly assembled staff in the lurch while he scampered back to the league’s ready-made coaching factory.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, who regularly takes gargantuan swings on his myriad head coaching hires, wouldn’t have pulled the trigger without visions of grandeur simmering in his head. And there is a good chance it works out. The Raiders are in good shape when it comes to the salary cap. They have a veteran quarterback playing some of his best football. Derek Carr is also incredibly affordable, much like the quarterback McDaniels had so much success in New England with over the years. There are some solid defensive players on the roster, even if the secondary might need to get flapped out like a dusty rug.
McDaniels also learned from some of his mistakes in Denver and will give off less of a freewheeling, mistake probe vibe. Las Vegas sure hopes so, anyway. So does any owner who goes down this route. This is especially true for Davis, who has dislodged the one coach from New England who knew Belichick better than anyone else. Josh McDaniels' Resume 2001: Personal assistant, New England Patriots 2002-03: Defensive assistant, New England Patriots 2004: Quarterbacks coach, New England Patriots 2005-08: Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, New England Patriots 2009-10: Head coach, Denver Broncos 2011: Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, St. Louis Rams 2012-21: Offensive coordinator, New England Patriots Formore on the hire, check out the Raiders..