One of the biggest stories in the NFL right now is Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and his job status.

McDaniels is 2-6 so far as the Raiders’ head coach. He’s coming off a loss to the Indianapolis Colts — a team that’s led by a man who had never previously coached a game above the high school level.

When you combine what’s happened this season with the fact that McDaniels is 7-24 as a head coach in his last 31 games (dating back to his time with the Denver Broncos), it’s easy to see why his seat is warm.

But if you’re a Raiders fan who is hoping the team quickly makes a change, you might be out of luck.

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Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels greets Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday after the Colts defeated the Raiders 25-20 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Focus NFL insider Doug Kyed spoke to an NFC player personnel executive this week. And that exec thinks McDaniels is safe.

From PFF:

A high-ranking NFC player personnel executive doesn’t think McDaniels will get the axe.

“I think he’s fine,” he said. “Who knows anymore? That (Derek) Carr speech postgame was something, though.”

Kyed also added his own insight as he noted that Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t have the cash to keep firing coaches.

From PFF:

A richer owner might be more willing to hit the reset button at head coach, but Davis is among the least wealthy owners in the NFL, and Las Vegas just paid out a contract settlement after firing Jon Gruden last season. By firing McDaniels one year into a four-year contract and hiring a new head coach, one of the least wealthy owners in the NFL would essentially be having to pay the salaries of three head coaches.

The Raiders also hired McDaniels as a long-term solution, not to immediately win a Super Bowl, which is why they brought along Graham, general manager Dave Ziegler and other coaches and executives who had worked closely with McDaniels in previous stops. It’s been a laborious season for the Raiders that hasn’t been aided by injuries to key players, including tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. If Davis can remain patient, it would be worth seeing if McDaniels and Ziegler can turn things around and add players who fit what Las Vegas is looking to do in at least a full year.

Essentially, it feels as though the Raiders hired McDaniels to be a long-term answer, not someone who could find short-term success. That means they’re probably going to be patient with him.

The money factor, however, is likely what’s really keeping McDaniels’ job safe.

Eventually, though, things could get so bad that Davis has no choice but to fire McDaniels. But for now, it seems that the underperforming head coach is safe.

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