Josh McDaniels: Until we figure out how to stop losing with mistakes, it’s very difficult to win

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For the fourth time in 2022, the Raiders lost a game in which they held a double-digit lead, falling to the Rams 17-16 on Thursday night.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in 45 seasons that a team had a game-winning touchdown drive start with under two minutes and go 98 yards.

Making matters worse, Las Vegas lost to a Los Angeles team that acquired the quarterback it played throughout the game two days before kickoff.

It was another inexplicable Raiders loss in a season that has had plenty of them.

“I don’t look at it as a step back. We didn’t finish the game — that’s the reality, you know?” head coach Josh McDaniels said in his postgame press conference. “I thought we were ready to play. I thought we competed. We got off to a decent start and then we didn’t capitalize.

“The bottom line is, until we figure out how to stop losing games with mistakes that we do ourselves, then it makes it very difficult to win. So, you can’t really win until you stop from losing. And that’s penalties, turnovers, things like that that contribute to that. We’ve talked a lot about that. We obviously need to do a better job of coaching it and trying to get us to play better.”

The Raiders had double-digit leads over the Cardinals, Titans, and Jaguars before losing all three games earlier this season. Why is it happening?

“Look, it’s 60 minutes, you know? Everybody will point to the last play, or the last four plays, or the last drive, what have you,” McDaniels said. “But there’s plays in every quarter that could’ve helped us extend the lead. There’s things that we could’ve done in all three phases that would’ve put us further ahead in games. And, look, there’s a lot of things that go into a result in a National Football League [game]. You know? I’m thinking of six, or eight, or 10 of them right now that could’ve changed some outcomes of drives either way.

“So, these are hard lessons to learn. They are. Like I said, you always play to win. We’re aggressive and try to do those kinds of things. But we’re 1-yard shy of a first down on the third-and-1. And they make a stop there and if we get it, the game’s over. So, there’s a lot of things we could point to right now that would’ve helped us close the game.”

McDaniels later said the losses aren’t on an individual unit, be it offense, defense, or special teams, essentially saying the issues are all-encompassing.

“We’ve got to be able to extend a lead if we have one and keep competing, not let our foot off the gas, no relaxing, and try to play the same way we were playing when the game starts,” McDaniels said. “So, just obviously, I haven’t done a good enough job of being able to get us to do that.”

8 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Until we figure out how to stop losing with mistakes, it’s very difficult to win

  1. Until Mark Davis stops hiring mistakes, the Raiders will remain a second-tier team. I don’t get the sense McDaniels is connected to the players at all. And having his college buddy as the GM doesn’t help.
    What is sad, is it will be another year and a half before Davis writes the check to be rid of this.
    Not picking up the Jacobs extra year looks extra dumb now.

  2. Did you see those offensive play calls in the 4th quarter? I feel like the Raider’s had the ball with a 16-10 lead and went 3 and out. Who is that on? Who made those play calls? Oh, it turns out they were actually up 16-3, and didn’t do anything on the drive before either. So, who is the person responsible for assuming that scoring a total of 16 points in an NFL game in 2022 is enough? Who is that Genius? Its Josh McDaniels.

  3. Why is Josh McDaniel still a HC in the NFL? He is abysmal and is not like we haven’t already witnessed how bad his teams perform under him.

  4. The offensive play calling was truly terrible in the second half. McDaniels is not looking like head coach material unless your goal is to play close games all the time and lose.

  5. I’m blaming the refs for not calling holds against Crosby and Mack Hollins for dropping several passes that could have extended drives.

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