Everyone is inevitably still gawking at the fumble in overtime.
But if you want to assign blame to someone for Sunday’s 29-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, that someone should be Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels.
“Arizona did a few things differently in the second half, I think,” McDaniels said. “At the end of the day, I think you have to learn how to handle success as we had in the first half, and or failure if that’s you on the other end of the spectrum if you’re behind. And that starts with me, I have to do a better job of getting our team able to handle a lead just as much as we were able to try to fight back last week from a deficit.”
McDaniels’ Raiders, holding a 23-7 lead with 12:24 remaining, coughed up a sure win because the offense went away from running back Josh Jacobs at the start of the fourth quarter.
McDaniels chose to pass the ball three-straight times to open up the last quarter of action. Jacobs didn’t even get a look.
The quick three and out resulted in Arizona getting an opportunity to score with a chunk of time still left on the clock.
Kyler Murray and his backyard offense made the Raiders pay.
And then, inexplicably, McDaniels went away from the run game — again. This time in overtime.
Instead of running the ball and then trusting one of the most accurate kickers in the game to make a long field goal, McDaniels opted for a pass. The results were less than stellar.
It’s easy to blame the fumble for the loss. But McDaniels and poor coaching are what you should be looking at.
The saying goes, if something is broken, don’t fix it. In the second half, the Raiders changed a game plan that worked. For that change, they are now 0-2.
Was it worth it?
— DC out West (@raider1one) September 19, 2022
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