We know where Josh McDaniels served as an offensive coordinator before he became the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, but does he have what it takes to put his prints on the foundation of a winning culture?
Over the past couple of decades, the Raiders have grappled with a cultural issue. They haven’t been able to shake off a losing mentality that’s plagued them since they lost Super Bowl 37. McDaniels has to apply what he’s learned during his time with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos to raise the standard of owner Mark Davis’ football franchise.
No, McDaniels shouldn’t re-enact the Patriot Way in Vegas, but he needs to tap into the brilliance that he witnessed as part of an NFL dynasty and avoid making the same mistakes from his years with the Broncos. Do you remember what he said during his introductory press conference?
“I knew a little football,” McDaniels said. “I don’t think I was an expert at how to get a group of people to become this successful entity and protect the culture. I feel like I understand how much more important that is now than I did when I left [New England the first time].”
Well, with the Las Vegas Raiders at 2-7, McDaniels gets a chance to solve a problem despite what Davis said about the lead skipper’s “fantastic job” thus far.
Derek Carr was brutally honest about the current Las Vegas Raiders’ culture
After a 25-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a distraught Derek Carr stepped to the podium, removed the filter that he usually wears after defeat, and pointed to a problem in the locker room.
“It’s hard, knowing what some guys are doing. Like I said, just to practice, what they’re putting in their bodies just to sleep at night, just so we can be there for each other. And I wish everybody in that room felt the same way about this place, and as a leader that pisses me off—if I’m being honest.”
Carr said that nine years of being with the Raiders, and his desire for everything to go right translated to an emotional press conference, but is that really it?