May 18, 2024


The Raiders fired McDaniels after a 3-5 begin to the season late Tuesday night time.

Josh McDaniels was reportedly upset with one thing Antonio Pierce stated concerning the Patriots in his last days as coach of the Raiders. (AP Photograph/Paul Sancya)

A perceived shot on the Patriots appeared to play a task in Josh McDaniels’s ousting by the Raiders.

On the Thursday earlier than McDaniels’s last recreation as head coach with the Raiders, there was an enormous “airing of grievances assembly” the place gamers “simply unloaded” on McDaniels, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. McDaniels turned to then-linebackers coach Antonio Pierce to attempt to ease the strain, having him converse to the gamers on behalf of the teaching workers.

“When Antonio Pierce bought up there, he stated, ‘Look guys, we now have to have our personal tradition. It’s bought to be about tradition right here,’” Glazer stated on “Fox NFL Sunday.” “He introduced up the outdated Giants group that beat the Patriots, Josh McDaniels’s group, within the Tremendous Bowl within the 2007 season. He stated, ‘Irrespective of who we performed, and we now have a recreation plan, we will beat them. We’ve bought to consider that. That’s not right here. We’ve bought to consider right here with the Raiders that we will beat anyone.’”

The speech appeared to win over most members of the group as Pierce tried to get them to consider once more after their 3-4 begin to the season. However McDaniels was irked about one explicit facet of Pierce’s speech, in line with Glazer.

“Properly, he finally ends up that speech and all people thinks they’re nice, aside from Josh McDaniels,” Glazer stated. “Josh McDaniels then went over to him and stated, ‘Don’t ever discuss concerning the Patriots like that.’ Then, we actually noticed how divided that constructing bought. That bought as much as Mark Davis, and Mark Davis stated, ‘I’m going to decide on the man who believes that we will win each single week.’”

That assembly additionally appeared to have shaken McDaniels a bit, too. At apply later that day, McDaniels “wasn’t himself” and “let performs occur as a substitute of correcting them with gamers feeling like he was there in physique, however not in spirit,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on “NFL GameDay.”

McDaniels, who was on the Patriots’ teaching workers from 2001-08 and once more from 2012-21, coached one final recreation with the Raiders, a 23-14 loss to the Lions on Monday. McDaniels and common supervisor Dave Ziegler had been fired by the group late Tuesday night time, with Pierce being named the interim coach and rookie Aidan O’Connell taking up at quarterback for Jimmy Garoppolo.

The in a single day dismissal of McDaniels, Ziegler, and different coaches can be pricey for Davis. The Raiders proprietor will owe roughly $85 million to the workers members he fired earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

However Davis isn’t fearful about cash and is extra involved about constructing a profitable group, Schefter added in his report. McDaniels’s tenure in Las Vegas actually wasn’t a profitable one, with the group going 9-16 in his time on the helm.

Pierce and O’Connell will attempt to flip issues round for the Raiders after they tackle the 2-6 Giants on Sunday.