Another late night news break came out on October 31, when Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders would fire Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler. The firings come after a 3-5 start. McDaniels has coached the team to a 9-16 record over the last year and a half.
Firing both Josh McDaniel and Dave Ziegler midseason comes as a bit of a surprise. The team is still in contention for the playoffs, pending they go on a run and win several games. Regardless there’s still a chance. The Raiders also just recently extended the contract for McDaniels in 2022.
After much thought about what the Raiders need to move forward, I have decided to part ways with Josh and Dave,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “I want to thank them both for their hard work and wish them and their families nothing but the best.”
Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce is expected to take over as the interim HC. It’s unclear when Davis might start conducting the search for a new GM and head coach. For now though, Pierce should be given an ample opportunity. He played nine seasons in the NFL, five with the Giants including their Super Bowl-winning campaign in 2007. That’ll mean he’s respected by the players.
McDaniels will surely get another look somewhere in the league. He’s been a successful offensive coordinator in the league. Most recently a 10-year run with the New England Patriots where he won three Super Bowls alongside Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
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