Raiders Hire Josh McDaniels As New Head Coach

Confirmed Monday afternoon, the Las Vegas Raiders hire Josh McDaniels

It’s been confirmed, Mark Davis and the Las Vegas Raiders hire Josh McDaniels as new Raiders head coach. Previously the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, McDaniels won six Super Bowl championships (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII) with his former team.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has mentioned that McDaniels’ fast adjustments and ability to train quarterbacks were both appealing. After interviewing several coaching candidates, the news broke Thursday afternoon that Raiders hire Josh McDaniels following the hire of new general manager Dave Ziegler who replaced the former Raiders GM, Mike Mayock.

Josh McDaniels, 45, is now in his second stint as a head coach. From 2009 to 2010, he led the Denver Broncos to disappointing seasons but stated that it was a learning experience. “When I went to Denver, I knew a little bit of football,” said McDaniels of his 28-game tenure. “I didn’t really know people and how important that aspect of this process and maintaining the culture and building the team was. I failed, and I didn’t succeed at it.”

Only 33 years old during his time in Denver, McDaniels finished with a 11-17 record before moving onto the St. Louis Rams as their OC. The new Raiders head coach followed with a humble statement. “Looking at that experience has been one of the best things in my life in terms of my overall growth as a person, as a coach. What do I need to do different, how do I need to handle my role, if I have another opportunity, and do better at it?”

Since 2017, McDaniels has stuck with the run on 21.5% of his plays which ranks second in the NFL over that period. With running backs James White and Dion Lewis on the field at the same time, he can use them in a variety of ways. Since quarterback Tom Brady’s departure, their offensive scheme has become more fullback-heavy, but it should be fun to see what is drawn up for both Kenyan Drake and Josh Jacobs, as well as pro-bowler Hunter Renfrow.

The Raiders hire Josh McDaniels while offering him the perfect opportunity working alongside Dave Ziegler. Both worked together in New England, and their ties date back to college playing football at John Carroll University. McDaniels was primarily a wide receiver between 1995 and 1998 and had a quarterback background in high school.

Owner Mark Davis has made it clear that the Raiders hire Josh McDaniels as new Raiders head coach without the intent to restructure what the team already has, but to improve upon it. We would agree and follow that mindset as the Silver & Black finished the season with a 10-7 record, only to lose to the Cincinnati Bengals who are now in the Super Bowl.

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