Will Josh McDaniels be the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2023?
That’s a question that’s being asked a lot these days.
McDaniels and the Raiders are 3-7 so far this season, which is not what fans and analysts were expecting after the team traded for star wide receiver Davante Adams this past offseason.
When you combine the poor results this season with the way McDaniels’ time as the head coach of the Denver Broncos ended (fired after a 3-9 start to the 2010 season), it’s easy to see why there are questions about McDaniel’s future in Las Vegas.
A pair of ESPN insiders, however, don’t believe McDaniels will be fired after this season. They think he gets at least one more year.
Here’s what ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler had to say:
People I talk to around the league believe McDaniels will get another year, thinking the Raiders brought McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler as a package deal and wouldn’t be keen on paying massive buyout money to both of them. After asking around, I don’t get the sense he has lost the locker room, which sort of showed up in Sunday’s win over Denver. Are there some whispers of a “Patriots Way” style of coaching with long hours for players? Yes. But that’s also fairly common. The NFL is demanding. The players believe he has a good plan for them; the wins just aren’t coming in droves.
Dan Graziano echoed Fowler’s sentiments, saying he also believes McDaniels gets another year.
Graziano also hypothesized that McDaniels might get to “pick his own quarterback” if the Raiders decide to move on from Derek Carr this offseason.
There’s no doubt that McDaniels stepped into a mess when he came to Las Vegas. This was never going to be an overnight fix. But he also hasn’t shown that he’s capable of fixing it.
If McDaniels does end up returning next season, I imagine his leash will be quite short.
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