The Las Vegas Raiders weren’t anticipated to be 2-7 halfway by way of the season with playoff hopes dwindling away by the week. Usually, throughout a season like this, fingers begin to level, and so they usually are within the path of the teaching workers.
However Raiders proprietor Mark Davis quashed any inkling his head coach, Josh McDaniels, will probably be getting canned.
“Individuals in at present’s world need immediate gratification,” Davis mentioned by way of ESPN after the Indianapolis Colts defeated his Raiders in Las Vegas Sunday. “The man’s coached 9 video games. We’re 2-7, not the outcomes we’re in search of, however, on the similar time, we have misplaced six one-score video games with the ball and an opportunity to win on the finish.
“Rome was not inbuilt a day.”
Las Vegas was a playoff group final season behind the strong play of quarterback Derek Carr and a pesky protection.
However 2022 group stats say in a different way about these Raiders. On protection, they rank twenty eighth in factors allowed, giving up a mean 25.1 per recreation, and so they surrender 371.9 yards per recreation beneath new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
Offensively, the Raiders haven’t been that unhealthy, with 335.1 complete yards on common per contest (seventeenth within the NFL). They’re additionally averaging 22.6 factors per recreation (14th).
Nonetheless, loads of these factors have come within the first half with the Raiders blowing leads late. The Raiders are 21st in the NFL in second-half factors with 10.4 per recreation. Of their final three contests, they’ve averaged simply 4.3 factors after halftime.
A kind of video games was a blowout to the New Orleans Saints on the highway, a 24-0 shutout. Then, after main the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 on the half, the Raiders didn’t rating some extent within the second half, and the Jags got here again to win 27-20.
Las Vegas has misplaced 4 of its final 5 video games after its 25-20 defeat Sunday to the Colts.
It does not assist McDaniels that he is additionally needed to take care of brutal accidents, particularly to tight end Darren Waller and huge receiver Hunter Renfrow, who’re each on injured reserve.
However the dedication to McDaniels doesn’t appear to be wavering from Davis.
“I gave him my vote of confidence after I signed him to a contract to be coach of the Raiders. That’s after I gave it to him,” David mentioned.
“We’re constructing,” McDaniels added Monday by way of ESPN. “I’ve by no means used the phrase ‘rebuilding’ or something like that. It’s the Nationwide Soccer League; there’s not 5 years to do this.”
McDaniels added that Davis has not reassured him with job safety.
“I’m going to regulate what I can management and do the perfect I can at my job. And a part of that’s persevering with to consider the longer term and subsequent yr and what goes on past the following few months right here,” McDaniels mentioned.
“If any person tells me that my time is finished, then my time is finished.”