Raiders Coaching Chaos: Will Mark Davis Ever Learn His Lesson?

Raiders Coaching Chaos: Will Mark Davis Ever Learn His Lesson?

Mark Davis is at the helm, and the Las Vegas Raiders’ struggles haven’t stopped the money from flowing. Despite their ongoing woes, the enigmatic team owner, flush with cash from the franchise’s relocation from Oakland to Sin City, finds himself once again in a position to make significant changes by hiring a new coach and general manager. It’s a familiar story of Raiders coaching chaos.

And here we go again. On Tuesday night, Davis left the NFL world in shock by parting ways with coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler, just a year-and-a-half into their unimpressive stints.

In all honesty, this move was somewhat expected. When Davis hired this duo, he seemed to have high hopes that they would bring “The Patriot Way” to the Raiders, breaking free from Bill Belichick’s influence. However, after a lackluster 9-16 record, McDaniels found himself out of a job, and Davis learned an expensive lesson.

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It begs the question: Do these NFL decision-makers ever learn? “The Patriot Way” doesn’t seem to work well outside of Foxborough, especially without a Hall of Fame-credentialed quarterback. Just ask the Detroit Lions fans who endured the Matt Patricia/Bob Quinn era.

One glaring misstep was Davis not retaining interim coach Rich Bisaccia after the 2021 season. Bisaccia stepped up when Jon Gruden resigned amid a scandal involving old emails, leading the Raiders to the playoffs. Many players openly advocated for Bisaccia to stay, and insiders who preferred to remain anonymous told USA TODAY Sports that close associates of Davis had also recommended keeping Bisaccia. However, the decision went in a different direction.

It remains unclear why Davis opted to hire McDaniels. Normally, NFL owners have numerous voices offering input when making such pivotal decisions. Sometimes, owners can act like passionate fans, influenced by “hot” names or swayed by individuals in the NFL world who claim to have “inside insight” on candidates’ worth.

Now, the question lingers as to whether those who recommended McDaniels to Davis will be held accountable. As it stands, this situation adds to the long history of questionable hires made by NFL owners. The odds of success may have been better at the casinos on The Strip.

In any case, Davis is gearing up for another coaching search while former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce takes on the role of interim coach.

Here’s a reality check for Raider Nation: Can Davis be trusted to make the right moves? As the saying goes, “You are what your record says you are.”

Since taking over ownership in 2011 from his late father, Al Davis, the Raiders have accumulated an 82-120 record with only two winning seasons. Notably, former GM Reggie McKenzie, who guided the team through salary-cap difficulties and built the roster that went 12-4 in 2016, was let go after Gruden’s arrival. McKenzie, an NFL personnel veteran, was replaced by Mike Mayock, a well-known draft analyst for the NFL Network with no prior NFL team experience.

These are the types of moves that have come back to haunt the Raiders. McDaniels and Ziegler made questionable decisions, including trading away quarterback Derek Carr and tight end Darren Waller, and giving up valuable draft picks for receiver Davante Adams. These moves came with hefty price tags.

Carr may not be considered an elite player, but without a viable replacement, it might have been wiser to retain him rather than entrust the quarterback position to Jimmy Garoppolo, who recently got benched and is guaranteed a significant sum from his contract.

This year’s top draft pick, defensive end Tyree Wilson, selected seventh overall, has struggled to make an impact, reflecting the challenges with the Raiders’ draft choices.

Ultimately, Davis is responsible for the decisions made by those he appointed to run the team. Interestingly, his women’s basketball franchise, the Las Vegas Aces, has thrived, winning back-to-back WNBA championships, while the Raiders haven’t won a playoff game in 21 years.

The recent shake-up, which included the removal of offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, will come at a high cost to Davis. He set himself up for this situation, not only by hiring McDaniels but by signing him to a six-year contract, which is now backfiring.

The financial blow may be softened by the Monopoly Money that comes with owning an NFL franchise, but Davis’ track record in hiring coaches is far less impressive than the team’s financial success. While the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas and their deal for Allegiant Stadium have significantly boosted their value, Davis has had more misses than hits when it comes to coaching decisions.

In the end, it’s a stark NFL reality: Whether they win or lose, NFL teams still make money. But the cost of rebuilding a tarnished reputation after another failed hire is a different matter altogether. Raiders coaching chaos continues, and the future remains uncertain.

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Maria Silva

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  • I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

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