The only thing worse than Josh McDaniels being a proven loser at the helm of a team is that he’s also a known rookie.
Yet the Las Vegas Raiders looked the other way and hired him anyway.
Which is why it’s impossible to feel bad for the Raiders and their 0-2 start to the season after their epic fall to the Arizona Cardinals in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The Raiders’ 29–23 overtime loss represented the biggest blow – 20 points – in franchise history.
Somehow, the Raiders took a 23-7 lead in the fourth quarter. But he was dismissed 22-0 in the fourth and overtime.
The Cards defeated the Raiders 16-0 in the fourth. He won the game in the OT on a 59-yard fumble return.
Sure enough, Hunter Renfro’s thunder sealed the Raiders’ fate.
Still, the blame for this debacle goes to McDaniels.
23-7 with 12:24 left, the Raiders should have run the ball. Instead, McDaniels bowls the ball to Derek Carr. A mistake.
In the OT, after the Raiders got the ball back, they just needed a field goal to win. On the Cardinals’ field, Las Vegas needed just a few more yards to kick a comfortable field goal to win. Instead, McDaniels went to Renfro twice to throw again. He turned it down both times. The second was recovered by thunder card. ball game.
Some coaches will be fired after such misconduct. Not McDaniels. The Raiders still think he’s the smartest person in the room. Sadly, McDaniels has stayed off Bill Belichick’s plate. Somehow, the dumb owner continues to credit McDaniels for success in New England.
And why someone would hire a coach from the Belichick Coaching Tree doesn’t make sense. The road to failures is a mile long, featuring Joe Judge, Charlie Weiss and Matt Patricia.
The shocking thing is that the raiders made the mistake of coaching hire. He did it with John Gruden, signing him to a ridiculous 10-year, $100 million contract. That regime blew up when it was revealed that Gruden’s emails with ESPN were filled with hate talk about someone who was not a white male in a position of power.
Stuff was shoddy.
And despite a stellar performance that led to Gruden’s resignation, the Raiders made a comeback.
Under interim coach Rich Biccia, they led their season 10–7. It won its last four matches and made it to the playoffs.
Still, Davis was not impressed and felt he needed a big-name coach. Enter McDaniel.
Most thought he would never get a second chance when the Indianapolis Colts stepped down from the job at the last minute in 2018, after originally accepting the deal.
For most, it would have been the death knell. Not for the Teflon passion. In his first head coaching gig, he was fired. Not to advance in the draft to get lousy Tim Tebow in the first round. He was not issued a pink slip as the Broncos (11–17) could not win and retake during his tenure.
The big reason was McDaniels caught cheating, recording a walkthrough of the 49ers in London before a game. He was fined $50,000 by the NFL.
Where have we seen this movie before? Oh yes, Belichick got the biggest fine for a coach in the Spiegate League. Yes, the fruits do not fall far from the tree.
That’s what should have happened to McDaniels. That reputation should have made him unattainable. Who would want someone so dishonest as to run their own franchise, to dent the team’s position in the league?
They deserve each other.
It’s been a long time as of late, the great Al Davis was at the top of his game as owner and the Raiders were really, just about to win, baby.
The current raiders can’t fix it and are always tripping over their feet.
The last time the Raiders won the Super Bowl was almost 40 years ago in 1984.
And after watching the McDaniels Raiders the first two games out of the gate in the desert, it doesn’t look like they’re close this season.
Raiders fans may try to convince themselves that things will get better, not worse.
But a good measuring stick is that the Kansas Chiefs dropped an easy 44 on the Cardinals. Still, Arizona beat the Raiders at its own cradle. Vegas, somehow, came into play as a favorite. It may take a season or two for the Raiders to realize that they hired McFroude, not McDaniel.