- By Dan Becker
Their head coach resigned due to racist and misogynistic emails. Their up-and-coming receiver killed a young woman due to a DUI. A 1st round draft was pick was released due to threatening Instagram posts. And their legendary coach, John Madden, passed away.
Despite all of that, the Las Vegas Raiders finished 7-5 and made the playoffs last year under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
This off season, Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders, decided to not bring back Bisaccia despite a postseason berth and many players advocating for him. Davis instead went with Josh McDaniels, long time New England Patriots assistant and former Broncos head coach.
Halfway through the 2022, season the Raiders are now 2-5 and have not had two consecutive victories the entire season.
Many Raider fans and commentators alike are now asking if Davis made a mistake going with McDaniels instead of Bisaccia.
“This is a team that showed character last year and overcoming adversity”, said NFL Network commentator Steve Wyche.
The team hasn’t been nearly as focused this year under their new coach.
“This is not what we were expecting from the Raiders when they hired Josh McDaniels this season.”
The Raiders have struggled on both sides of the ball. And they’ve done so despite adding star wide receiver Davante Adams and pass rusher Chandler Jones in the off season.
This past Sunday, the Raiders were defeated 24-0 to the New Orleans Saints, their first shutout since 2014. Adams caught one pass for 3 yards.
“Can they get it back together, every game now is going to be a struggle for them”, commented Wyche.
The Raiders next chance to right the ship is against Jacksonville on Sunday.