The Las Vegas Raiders‘ 2022 season is not off to the start that many expected.

Las Vegas is 0-3 after losing by six points or fewer in each of the first three games of the season.

Most of the blame has been put on new head coach Josh McDaniels, who is now 3-12 in his last 15 games as a head coach (dating back to 2010 when he was the head coach of the Denver Broncos).

A new report from Pro Football Network, however, suggests that owner Mark Davis isn’t placing the blame on McDaniels.

Instead, the blame is being placed on the previous regime — former head coach Jon Gruden and former general manager Mike Mayock.

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Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels (right) and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) react in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, the folks inside the Raiders’ building feel like the issues in Las Vegas right now are “personnel issues” and not “culture issues”.

From PFN:

One source characterized the issues as more about personnel than any culture clash.

“This team, if you look really closely, is not set up right to succeed,” a league source said. “It’s going to take time and patience and getting more of the players that Josh and Dave want in there before they can really be competitive. They’re in a loaded division that has great quarterbacks and they inherited a mess. There are a lot of good reasons why Mayock and Gruden are no longer there. This is a heavy lifting job for Josh and Dave. It’s not a quick-fix situation. The owner, Mark Davis, understands that and is on board with what they’re doing. It’s hard to watch right now, though.”

Wilson specifically pointed out the Raiders’ constantly shifting offensive line as a reminder of the mess that Gruden and Mayock left behind.

This is probably the right approach by Davis — there’s no doubt that McDaniels has his work cut out for him because of what Mayock and Gruden left behind. And it wouldn’t be wise of Davis to cast judgment on McDaniels this quickly.

But at the same time, it’s hard to overlook that McDaniels has struggled as a head coach since his 6-0 start with the Broncos in 2009.

For now, it’s wait-and-see mode for the Raiders. McDaniels deserves some time to right the ship, but he’ll need to quickly show some progress or the support from fans will wane.

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