On Sunday, the Raiders misplaced to the Colts 25-20 and dropped to 2-7 for the season.
It was such a nasty loss that Derek Carr — the staff’s franchise quarterback since 2014 — was emotional at his post-game press convention and questioned the trouble of a few of his teammates.
Las Vegas entered the season with excessive expectations after going by way of the postseason with a 10-7 report final 12 months, hiring Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler to run the soccer operation and making a sequence of high-profile strikes akin to buying and selling by Davante Adams. So going into Week 11 ostensibly out of the postseason race is a disappointment.
However that is not the vibe that staff proprietor Mark Davis gave in feedback to Ed Graney of Las Vegas Overview-Journal on Monday.
“I like Josh. I feel he is doing a incredible job. That is why I employed him,” Davis mentioned. “We did an exhaustive search and located the individual we consider will lead the Raiders to greatness.”
A incredible job?
“So far as Josh is worried, I’ve no issues,” Davis mentioned. “I am attending to know him quite a bit higher. If you signal a contract with somebody, do not you count on them to meet the contract?”
McDaniels is within the first season of a four-year contract. Davis was requested if he thinks McDaniels is the long-term reply as a head coach, and he replied, “Why not me?”
Davis famous that Las Vegas is within the early levels of constructing its staff.
“Life just isn’t static. It is fluid,” Davis mentioned. “You wish to win on the finish of the 12 months and be the one to carry the trophy. Clearly, we’re not there but. I do know it is irritating for the fan base. I really feel for them. I am a fan too.”
However as Davis says the membership is rising and the top coach is doing a incredible job, it is price noting that Las Vegas is one among solely two groups in your complete NFL with two or fewer wins. And after giving the Bengals every little thing they may within the Wild Card spherical in January, the Raiders’ offseason adjustments did not point out the staff thought 2022 could be a “construct” 12 months.
Davis’ vote of confidence just isn’t extraordinary, particularly within the midst of a troublesome first season for a brand new coach. It is smart for Davis to say that he trusts the method that McDaniels and Ziegler have put in place.
However telling everybody that McDaniels is “doing a incredible job” the day after the Raiders misplaced to Jeff Saturday’s Colts? This misses the mark.