There’s a pretty good chance that the Las Vegas Raiders will be 0-5 heading into the bye week next month.
Las Vegas is already looking like a lock to miss the playoffs (only one team that’s started 0-3 since 2000 has made the playoffs and that was the Houston Texans in 2018). If they fall to 0-5, they can kiss the playoffs goodbye for sure.
And for a team that made the playoffs last season while dealing with the Jon Gruden email saga, it would be a massive letdown to miss the playoffs in year one of the Josh McDaniels era.
And that brings me to the concerning stat for Raiders fans.
McDaniels is just 5-20 as a head coach since starting 6-0 with the Broncos in 2009.
At some point, the fact that McDaniels isn’t a good coach has to be accepted. The only reason he has this opportunity is because of his connection to Bill Belichick.
It’s hard for me to imagine McDaniels suddenly turning things around and becoming an elite NFL head coach. I think we’re mostly seeing these days that if a coach doesn’t have immediate success in the NFL, they probably aren’t the guy. Look at Matt LaFleur in Green Bay or Sean McVay in Los Angeles. Or even Mike McDaniel in Miami. Those guys quickly showed that they were up to the task.
McDaniels’ track record suggests he isn’t. Obviously, it’s too early to make a change — the Raiders have to let the season play out.
But there’s very little evidence that McDaniels is ever going to take Las Vegas to the promised land.
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