Seeking to distance themselves from the Jon Gruden era and take the franchise into the future, the Raiders are expected to hire former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the franchise’s next head coach.
McDaniels is coming over from New England along with new general manager Dave Ziegler, and it’s the latter’s presence in Las Vegas that likely landed McDaniels another head coaching opportunity.
The #assailants hiring is expected #patriots de facto GM Dave Ziegler as your new GM, by, @MikeGarafolo Y @TomPelissero. He was instrumental in the rapid turnaround of New England, now turning his attention to Las Vegas. The next step is slated to be the hiring of Josh McDaniels as head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 30, 2022
McDaniels was a head coach with the Broncos for two seasons from 2009-10, but became best known for his work in New England as offensive coordinator, a role he held from 2005-08 and 2012 onward.The 45-year-old is the second Bill Belichick protégé to be signed this cycle, after Brian Daboll was signed by the Giants.
Sporting News breaks down why Las Vegas made this move and signed McDaniels.
Why did the Raiders sign Josh McDaniels?
As with the Giants’ hiring of Daboll, it appears familiarity was key in McDaniels’ return to the head-coaching ranks. Ziegler served as New England’s director of player personnel before being named general manager in Las Vegas and was with the Patriots for the past nine years. But his ties to McDaniels extend far beyond that.The two also worked together in Denver, with Ziegler serving in the Broncos’ scouting department. But the relationship doesn’t end there: The two are alumni and former varsity teammates at John Carroll University in Ohio, where McDaniels was a catcher and Ziegler was a catcher and returner.McDaniels is also highly regarded as an offensive mind, an area in which the Raiders have struggled not just this season, but for the past decade. Under McDaniels’ guidance, the Patriots had a top-10 total offense eight times and a top-10 scoring offense 12 times in his two stints as OC. In that same span, the Raiders ranked in the top 10 in total offense three times and in the top 10 in scoring offense four times.Owner Mark Davis chose McDaniels over interim head coach and former special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who managed the team’s last 12 games, going 7-5 and leading them to the playoffs in a move that was praised by some. , but not for all.Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan, now with ESPN, praised the move, calling it a “home run” signing, while star running back Josh Jacobs appeared to question the decision in a since-deleted tweet that was also shared by The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, who covers the Raiders.
Going into the offseason, with the Raiders searching for a full-time head coach, Raiders players were also vocal about removing Bisaccia’s interim tag. “I’ve said it many times before: Rich is my choice if it were up to me,” star defensive lineman Maxx Crosby said, talking about ‘The Herd’ by Colin Cowherd January 20. “He is a leader. He is a leader of men. It’s someone you look forward to seeing every morning. He is a great coach from top to bottom. “I think he’s earned the right. We won 10 games this year. With all the stuff going on in our building, we still find a way to win. I think that’s a great reflection of Rich.”Quarterback Derek Carr also echoed Crosby’s support. “I think we can all think he’s the right guy,” Carr said. “He’s shown that people listen to him. Our team listens to him. And I love him so much that I’m grateful for him. All of those things will be decisions that I don’t make, no I can take”. I only play quarterback … but with everything that happened, if you really look at what happened, all the missing pieces, everything that changed, yeah, he stuck together.”
Coaching history of Josh McDaniels
McDaniels has had far more success as an offensive coordinator than as a head coach up to this point in his career. He’s led the Patriots into the top 10 for total offense and scoring offense multiple times, and even if much of that was with Tom Brady at quarterback, his new team, the Raiders, have struggled in that department.After starting out as a coach under Nick Saban in East Lansing in 1999, he came to New England in 2001 and held various roles before being promoted to full-time OC in 2005, a job he held until 2008. He did quite well in that role. to win his first NFL head coaching job, a two-year stint with the Broncos from 2009-10.Their first season in Denver, they went 8-8 and finished second in the AFC West and ranked 15th in total offense and 20th in scoring offense, before falling back in record 2010, going 3-9 and being fired to mid season.Originally from Denver, he spent a year with the Rams as their OC and QB coach before returning to New England in 2012 as offensive coordinator, a position he held until he was hired by the Raiders.