Monday, October 3, 2022

Josh McDaniels ripped after Raiders lose to Cardinals

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Last season, the Las Vegas Raiders went 4-0 in games that went into overtime. This success has not carried over to the 2022 season. Despite leading 20-0 at halftime against the Arizona Cardinals, the team lost 29-23 in overtime. It was one of the worst defeats the team has ever had and they are now 2-0 at the start of the season.

The Raiders met a lot of opposition from fans when they hired Josh McDaniels as their head coach. The longtime offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots previously failed as head coach of the Denver Broncos and didn’t even finish his second season with the team. He was able to wow fans with an impressive off-season that landed team Davante Adams.

Unfortunately for McDaniels, fans are once again questioning his abilities as a head coach. Raiders fans are used to the team losing the lead in the fourth quarter of games, but he should change that. In the first half the team dominated the game, in the second half the offensive gave up completely. As an offensive playcaller, McDaniels bears much of the blame for the lackluster performance. Fans were not kind to the coach after the Raiders suffered the shocking defeat.

The Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers wasn’t too much of a concern. They have arguably the best squad in football and the Raiders closely matched them. However, this loss for the Cardinals is unacceptable. Owner Mark Davis took a big risk by hiring McDaniels. 2021 interim head coach Rich Bisaccia was popular with the team and led them to the playoffs. There was also a lot of interest in the Raiders opening. Former San Fransico 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was willing to take the job if offered, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. He has a much better track record as a head coach than McDaniels.

Davis chose the offensive guru, assuming he had learned from his Broncos failures. It doesn’t appear that McDaniels is suffering from the same problems he faced in Denver, but the start of his tenure in Las Vegas couldn’t be worse. The Raiders have a roster that should be fighting for the playoffs. So far it looks like they could be one of the weaker teams in the NFL. Davis probably won’t fire McDaniels after one season, but he’s just being so patient. If the Raiders keep screwing up games like this, the coach could be in the hot seat sooner than expected.

The Raiders defense will take a lot of hits for the loss as they gave up the points that tied the game. Still, they played solid. The Cardinals had more than twice as many offensive games as the Raiders in the second half. The defense seemed exhausted at the end. Still, they stopped Arizona in overtime and gave the team a shot at the win. Instead, the offense failed when Hunter fumbled Renfrow for a catch and the Cardinals returned him for a touchdown.

Defensive end Maxx Crosby was frustrated after the loss.

“I feel like we played pretty well in the first half,” Crosby said. “Things just went away. … It’s super frustrating, but you can’t go into it. This is the NFL s*** happening,” via The Athletic.

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