Raiders could be preparing to make a run at Josh McDaniels

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Two weeks after the coaching carousel began to spin, none of the eight teams looking for head coaches have requested permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That could soon be changing.

Per multiple sources, the Raiders are believed to be preparing to make a run at McDaniels, as the replacement for Jon Gruden and interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

The interest in Patriots executive Dave Ziegler for the G.M. position is strong circumstantial evidence to support the chatter that’s currently making the rounds, and that we’ve picked up from multiple sources who have their ears attached to the broader grapevine.

It’s believed that McDaniels would want full control over the football operation. That could complicate the effort to hire Ziegler, unless there’s a disconnect between Ziegler’s authority on paper and his practical power when the time comes to make decisions.

If the Raiders hire McDaniels, he’d return to the AFC West, where he coached the Broncos from 2009 and into 2010.

The Patriots are surprised McDaniels hasn’t drawn any interest in the current cycle, especially after his work in 2021 with rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Some wonder whether teams remain skittish after McDaniels verbally accepted the head-coaching job with the Colts four years ago, before backing out. (If so, those teams owe it to themselves to pursue the whole story as to what actually transpired.)

When McDaniels took the Denver job 13 years ago, his first order of business was to unload quarterback Jay Cutler. It will be very interesting to see what McDaniels does with incumbent quarterbacks Derek Carr, if McDaniels ends up becoming the next coach of the Raiders.

78 responses to “Raiders could be preparing to make a run at Josh McDaniels

  1. Teams have had soooo much success with the Belichick coaching tree they would be foolish not to give McDaniels his, what 3rd bite at the apple?

    As far as turning down Indy, it seems after everyone had been hired, McDaniels said he wanted Bill Belichick style control over everything and Ballard said no. I have to assume McDaniels made that demand at the last minute because it gave him leverage. He’s a power hungry jerk from the Belichick coaching tree of power hunger jerks.

  2. Josh McDaniels? Why would the Raiders want to reheat that soufflé? He failed miserably as a head coach before.

  3. I don’t think he gets another shot after that b.s. he pulled in Indy. Yeah, Irsay is a huge tool but the billionaire boys club won’t deal with someone that will stand them up like that. We’re all responsible for our decisions and McDaniels burned that bridge.

  4. What a smack in the face to Rich Bisaccia and to the team that went through all the chaos and turmoil and still played for him and each other. McDaniels will rip that team apart.

  5. I’d hate to lose him in new England. If it happens I wish him well the raiders would be getting a hell of a coach.

  6. OH it would just be a perfect transition from last season into next year if Davis was to hire McDaniels…. The Raiders could unload the entire staff and majority of the front office as per his demands. Then Josh can once again spurn the Raiders for a return to New England and leave Mark wondering what happened.

    Mark Davis’s “Rock Star” hire could end up being Adam Gase or Matt Nagy.

  7. First Harbaugh, now McDaniels, that bowl Mark Davis puts on his head to cut his hair must be too tight! LOL!

  8. That would go terribly. Not like they didn’t have a front show seat for the Denver disaster, so they’d get what they deserve.

  9. Nine ex Belichick Patriot assistants have failed in head coaching jobs. Maybe it’s not Belichick, maybe all the success came because of Tom Brady. Belichick himself hasn’t had much success since Tom left, even with a soft schedule embarrassingly one and done in the playoffs. Maybe the true X factor is something Tom does or secretly takes like other guys that have defied father time

  10. When will NFL teams finally stop hiring Bill Belichick assistant coaches as head coaches? Every single one has dramatically failed as head coaches?(verdict is still out on Brian Flores) There’s a lot broken branches on the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

  11. McDaniels still wants BB’s job but with Jones, Belichick wants that HC victories record. He is four seasons away …

  12. I would pack his bags and drive him to Logan in a dump truck.

    One of the worst gamecallers in the game. Good developer of QBs.

    Not really head coach material and he’d be a fool to work for Mark Davis.

  13. Let’s not forget…Josh McDaniels is the same guy that drafted QB Tim Tebow in the first round. I’m not sure,if he’ll ever live that breakdown in logic down.

  14. Spygate 2.0 and lying to Ballard and the Colts assistants are what comes to mind when I think of Josh McDaniels. Even his former players in Denver have talked about being disgusted with the blatant cheating. Leopards don’t change their spots.

  15. There should be better places to go then Las Vegas for McDaniels. Not sure he would have the greatest success with carr as the qb.

  16. I thought the consensus was McDaniels is staying in New England until Belichick retires. The media should stop writing stories about McDaniels and Jim Harbaugh, as this might inflate their egos (further) and cause them to leave a good situation. McDaniels has a wife and 4 children– this would mean uprooting the family and move to the other side of the country, which has to be a major factor. A better question would be: Does Josh McDaniels *want* a head coaching job with another team? If not, I’d say skip these stories and focus even on more on assistant coaches from other teams that have been overlooked.

  17. McDaniels seems like he might appeal to a team looking to develop a young QB. That isn’t the Raiders, and so their interest in him seems very, very unlikely to be true.

  18. Someone should let the Raiders know that Patriots assistants and front-office people have a horrible track record – and since Brady left there is strong circumstantial evidence he was the “secret sauce” that made that franchise great.

    But owners aren’t as bright as they would like to think.

  19. If your going to move on from Bicaccia dont do it for Josh McDaniels. That said I dont think the Raiders want him nor does he want to leave NE.

  20. I hope they dont hurt him. Funny no mention of Hairball anywhere. No one else has bandied his name either. IMO the four crap years at Michigan showed he really isnt all the great and like me, many GM’s probably consider this year a fluke. Otherwise he would be getting calls left and right to jump back into the NFL.
    All this chatter about him was his agent trying to create interest so he could pocket another big check.

  21. Is his agent pushing these rumors to up his value?

    There is zero chance that he ends up in Vegas.

  22. I say Bisilaca gets the job and he knows it but was told to be quiet. They want to make it look like they reached out. Besides is Basilica doesnt work they have some guys they already talked to and have resumes on for next year.

  23. Harbaugh??? Why is he so special? McDunce has a lot of baggage but Harbaugh is not a better coach

  24. He’s a good coach and one of the most inventive offense minds. If he can tweak his people skill, he can be a successful head coach.

  25. Mark, please just remove the interim label off Rich Bisaccia and make him Head Coach. If there is any credence to this story, you will lose a lot of Raider fans. Don’t be an idiot like your haircut portends you to be. Do the right thing and give Bisaccia the chance to continue leading this group of men. He’s rightfully earned the opportunity. I’ve been a Raider fan for 45 years and haven’t missed a game, if McDaniels is hired that could change.

  26. It would a great read if there was a book about what happened to all the coaches and front office people once they left New England and were given top jobs. It’s kind of sad, not funny, the way decisions are made at these multi billion dollar organizations. I mean, fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What about fool me ten times with the same thing? It’s almost hard to believe. The final chapter would be written by Bruce Arians.

  27. Why would McDaniels want to leave NE? As someone mentioned, he’s got a wife and 4 kids and uprooting them for a move anywhere would be a major undertaking from both logistical and emotional standpoints.

    He makes great money, is solidly entrenched and is appreciated by the fans and his head coach. He’s tried this move before and it failed, why take the risk now? Maybe when his kids are out of college and settled but not now.

  28. The Raiders can hire all of the New England coaches and executives they want but without Tom Brady, they will not duplicate NE’s success.

  29. fiferwd says:
    January 22, 2022 at 9:52 am
    Ok. What was the true story?

    —————-

    Irsay knew before his coaching search that Luck was injured worse than the media was reporting and was intending to retire. He failed to disclose any of that and led McDaniels believe that Luck was healthy and ready to return. McDaniels took the job under the false impression that Luck was the starting QB. Once he was made aware of the situation he walked away from the job and stayed where he was at.

  30. onewarriornation says:
    January 22, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Irsay knew before his coaching search that Luck was injured worse than the media was reporting and was intending to retire. He failed to disclose any of that and led McDaniels believe that Luck was healthy and ready to return. McDaniels took the job under the false impression that Luck was the starting QB. Once he was made aware of the situation he walked away from the job and stayed where he was at.

    ——————

    Lol. According to google that is incorrect unless you were in the room? Of the multiple reasons listed :

    1. Concerns about working with Irsay
    2. Wanted the GM to work under him
    3. Belichick didn’t want to loses him so sweetened his OC deal with the Patriots.

    Luck’s health wasn’t mentioned accept to say that McDaniels felt comfortable with Lucks status.

  31. charliecharger says:
    January 22, 2022 at 11:13 am
    It would a great read if there was a book about what happened to all the coaches and front office people once they left New England and were given top jobs. It’s kind of sad, not funny, the way decisions are made at these multi billion dollar organizations. I mean, fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What about fool me ten times with the same thing? It’s almost hard to believe. The final chapter would be written by Bruce Arians.

    ————————-

    Jim Bates – 3-4
    Romeo Crennel – 32-63
    Rod Dowhower – 5-24
    Brian Flores – 24-25
    Al Groh – 9-7
    Hal Hunter – 0-1
    Joe Judge – 10-23
    Eric Mangini – 33-47
    Josh McDaniels – 11-17
    Bill O’Brien – 52-48
    Matt Patricia – 13-29
    Nick Saban – 15-17
    Jim Schwartz – 29-51
    Rick Venturi – 2-17

  32. Josh McDaniels episode of accepting the Indy Colts job,… and then rescinding his acceptance might work against him for any team that interviews him. That was Bush League to say the least.

  33. Josh McDaniels… what has he done apart from working under Belichick? He crashed and burned in Denver. He royally screwed up a head coaching gig in Indianapolis. He is too risky a hire for such an important position.

  34. Man I hope they do. Another team the Chiefs still won’t have to worry about for his duration

  35. “The Patriots are surprised McDaniels hasn’t drawn any interest in the current cycle”

    Umm, just look at his past outside the NE bubble. It’s not hard.

  36. Pretty funny listening to anyone who defends this guy.

    If you are a Pats fan and love him beacuse he was your coordinator in teh glory days, great!

    Everyone else knows exactly what he is; a giant sleaze.

  37. Oh, man. This would be a colossal mistake by the Raiders. It’s probably just a rumor, though.

  38. Isn’t McDaniels the guy that accepted the HC job at Indy…..and AFTER he accepted and AFTER Indy hired some other coaches that he wanted to support him, McDaniels screwed them and stayed in New England?

    That McDaniels? I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  39. Mark, either hire Jim Haurbaugh, or take the interm tag off of Rich. THOSE are the only 2 options that make sense. You already fired a guy that, oh improved the team over all three years he was there, you cannot screw this one up, even though you seem to be trying.

  40. OH GOD!!! PLEASE NO!!!!!!

    Even I’m smart enough to to know Manning was the heart and soul of that offense.

    Absolutely a negative move

  41. Why does McDaniels name keep coming up? His stint in Denver was a disaster. Backing out on the Colts just showed he doesn’t think things through before acting. This clearly is not someone you want running your franchise.

  42. YES PLEASE says every other team in the AFC West as a hire like this would assure that the Raiders go back down to the basement where they have resided the most over the past 25 years.

  43. Why would he need to make a decision on qb? The Raiders can win with Carr. What would he do – trade him for Teddy Bridgewater?

  44. In the immortal words of John McEnroe, You cannot be serious!. They’d be better off sticking with Bisacci than hiring McDummy. The audacity for him to demand full control too? Yeah, because he was so successful in Denver. He took that team from the playoffs to the basement in two years. Then he ran back to Daddy. This would be a monumentally stupid decision. But it is the Raiders. Gruden did a pretty good job all things considered. If Davis hires McDummy they’ll be picking in the top five for the next decade after McDummy guts that roster like he did in Denver.

  45. LMAO. No one in their right mind should want McDaniels. He was a complete and total train wreck child in Denver and then the Indy fiasco was an unprecedented joke. He shouldn’t even have a job in the NFL let alone as a HC.

  46. I like Josh McDaniels. I think he’s a good coach, but it wouldn’t be a good fit because I know a lot of Raider fans that wish he was still the Broncos Head Coach. They actually miss Josh McDaniels as head coach for the Broncos. So if he’s the Raiders Head coach he’s going to be criticized by the Raider fan base every step of the way. At least the Oakland/Los Angeles Raider fan base.

    Harbaugh’s worst record in the past 11 years is 8-8, and the only reason why he was 8-8 that season is because Trent Baalke and Trent Dilfer sabotaged that season with a constant, repeated, seepage of leaks(allegedly). Raider Nation, Harbaugh is your man, don’t overthink it. He’s twice the coach Gruden is, he has a winning formula that is tried and true. Harbaugh brings Lord Fangio with him and probably Josh Gattis….it’s a no brained. Then go to Dallas and pay Will McClay 10 million a year to be GM and your fanchise is set.

  47. Reading these posts it’s pretty obvious that everyone, from Jimmypinthe416 to raiderdave31 supports the hire, so go ahead and make him an offer already.

  48. Teams may not have an interest because of what happened in Denver and more likely because he bailed at the last moment on the Colts

  49. Question whether he could be a good HC, but the greater problem to me is why an owner would ever give total control to anyone? Apparently some owners are incapable of ever learning the lesson about that. And especially to someone who previously demonstrated his inability to handle it.

  50. I told you guys Davis would find a way to mess this up. If he hires Daniels the Raiders will regress 3 years and he will leave in 2 to go back to the Pats like he did before.

  51. “Raiders could be preparing to make a run at Josh McDaniels”

    The operative word here is COULD. They COULD make a run at any one of the available candidates. Let’s see what actually happens.

  52. Doubtful that the Raiders would give McDaniels full control over football operation after what happened with Gruden. McDaniels is probably asking for control over the final 53 man roster but that’s a big difference between full control over all football operations.

  53. I’m one that was always curious about how Derek Carr would do in that offense. It makes sense to me.

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