Josh McDaniels: I’m definitely not going to panic and say we need to uproot everything

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At the season’s midpoint, the Raiders are a disappointing 2-6. The club has lost three games when leading by at least 17 points, including Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.

In his first season as head coach, Josh McDaniels said in his Monday press conference that the team is looking at ways to change the results — noting some of the things that need to change are “very minor.”

“I definitely am not going to go in there and panic and say we need to uproot everything we’ve done. That’s not really the right thing to do,” McDaniels said. “There’s things we’re doing very well, there’s things that we need to do better. And I think for us to try to figure out what those are and then address them and address them in the right way.

“The truth is what’s important and if there’s something we can do better with the scheme that we’re using or the players that we’re using with them, then we’ll try to do that. If there’s something that needs to change, whether schematically or put different people in different personnel groupings or what have you to make it go a little better for us, then we’ll have to try and take a look at that too.”

Despite facing significant turmoil in 2021, the Raiders finished 10-7 and made the postseason for just the second time since advancing to the Super Bowl in 2002. Unless things change quickly, Las Vegas won’t come close to a playoff berth in 2022.

32 responses to “Josh McDaniels: I’m definitely not going to panic and say we need to uproot everything

  1. Why – Why???? Just why would things be different this time in Vegas than they were with the Broncos. Just because he is a good OC doesnt make him a good coach and actually the Billy Bel coaching tree is full of those guys who end up returning to the Pats. So coaching trees have successful proteges some do not – this tree has some pretty shaky branches

  2. Someone above him needs to fire McDaniels and take control immediately. The Rudderless Raiders are complete abomination.

  3. It’s funny how every genius offensive coordinator for Tom Brady turned out to be a pretty bad coach. Charlie Weis / Bill O’Brien / Josh McDaniels all kind of suck. You could probably have put Belichick’s weirdo looking goofy haired son in as offensive coordinator for Brady and he would have gotten a head coaching job.

  4. It’s been hard to pull for my team this year….considering the dumpster fire we fought and played through to get to the playoffs last year, I’m actually really shocked McDaniels hasn’t been shown the door yet. He may be a great offensive mind, but this is the second time he’s shown he isn’t head coach material.

  5. He’s still young but McDaniels should not receive another shot no matter what he does after he goes back to New England.

  6. It’s hard to judge McDaniels a failure when the organization/management above him is so abysmal.

  7. Pretty sure this team went to the playoffs last year, the major change was the coaching staff and FO. If something is going to be uprooted…

  8. Josh McDaniels was clueless in Denver & more clueless in Las Vegas! There are Head Coaches that CAN & DO coach well & some are just aren’t up to the task and destined to be good Coordinators.

  9. Josh speaks like someone who has already gotten assurances from Mark Davis that he is getting at least another year as head coach no matter what.

    Sorry Raiders fans.

  10. It’s obvious at this point McDaniels has no idea what he’s doing and so wouldn’t be able to uproot the proper things even if he wanted to.

  11. Their D lacks talent badly. When Crosby is your best player and have no other talent there, you’re in trouble. It will take years for Ziegler to fix their issues. Years.

  12. Josh will win this week….not because his team is good or he’s a good coach (they’re not and he’s not), but because they play against the hot mess that is the Indy Colts, the only team in the league with a coach that will likely be even worse than McDaniels.

  13. What can be said that hasn’t already? The reason Belichick’s tree has no branches is because he was riding my coattails.

    The Brady Way > the Patriot Way

  14. Hopefully this raiders team confronts the coach and makes him realize he can’t overturn their applecart . There’s plenty of good schemes from last year he can utilize and add his own twist to and build on as the season goes on !!!

  15. Does anyone have a more must-win situation this weekend than this guy? If he loses to the no experience guy who has no experienced playcaller on his staff, well, get that office in New England back ready.

  16. There’s plenty of offensive calls from last years schemes he can use and then gradually put his touch on to keep this team competitive !!!

  17. Tom Brady says:
    November 8, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    What can be said that hasn’t already? The reason Belichick’s tree has no branches is because he was riding my coattails.

    The Brady Way > the Patriot Way

    ————

    Brian Daboll is thriving so you are wrong. I would also include Nick Saban in Belichick’s tree who did pretty good in the NFL and became the GOAT in college football.

  18. weege001 says:
    November 8, 2022 at 1:31 pm
    Gonna love it when the Colts have more wins with Saturday as the Head Coach…

    —————

    Um, they have zero.

  19. patsfan4lifedynasty says:

    Brian Daboll is thriving so you are wrong. I would also include Nick Saban in Belichick’s tree who did pretty good in the NFL and became the GOAT in college football.

    ———
    Jury’s still out on Daboll, but Saban is from the Don James tree

    “A lot of what we do, from an organizational standpoint and practice standpoint, came directly from Coach James.”

    – Nick Saban

  20. Daboll, Crennell and crafted a masterful 2-14 team the last year of the Pioli regime in Kansas City. Before that fiasco, he was merely below average to just plain miserable as an assistant anything.

    He rejuvenated his ‘career’ by being the tight end’s coach for the Patriots and the greatest tight end of this era. As if Gronkowski needed Daboll to train him up.

    Daboll wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire as a coordinator until he lucked out riding on Josh Allen’s talent and growing experience. Allen made Daboll, it wasn’t the other way around.

  21. When owners hire assistant coaches from New England, they think they’re getting a coach like Bill Belichick. Then they wonder why they never win. The problem with that line of thinking is they actually did get a coach like Bill Belichick, and every one of them is a great coach. The problem is Bill Belichick, although a great coach, has never won anything meaningful without Tom Brady at QB. Never. So Josh McDaniels shouldn’t be expected to do something the greatest coach of all time has never been able to do. If you were expecting winning, that’s your mistake. But, any coach needs 3 years before you can expect winning. The Raiders were a playoff team last year, so it really shouldn’t take that long. It is a QB league, and Tom Brady is the reason New England won. They had great coaching, but no winning without Brady. Great coaching and winning are often two completely different things.

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