Raiders Never Asked Josh McDaniels About His Denver Experience During His Hiring Process

Raider fans are excited about interim head coach Antonio Pierce, but understandably, they have some collective anxiety about what the organization might be planning next.

Two years ago, an extensive hiring process led the Raiders to hire arguably the worst head coach in the history of the organization. Raiders owner Mark Davis allowed an 82 year-old man to carry out the coaching search that ultimately led the team to Josh McDaniels.

But it gets worse.

According to a report in The Athletic, McDaniels was never asked in the interview process with the Raiders about his failed tenure in Denver…

“Mark Davis needs to structure this hiring search differently than the last one, which was led by Ken Herock, who was a longtime Raiders player and executive. Herock is 82 years old and told our Vic Tafur that he didn’t ask Josh McDaniels in his interview anything about his first head coaching experience in Denver.

Failure isn’t a bad thing, but it can be very instructive, so it’s hiring malpractice that he didn’t ask McDaniels anything about what he may have learned from that experience. Davis hasn’t had any success in hiring seven Raiders head coaches since taking over the team in 2011, so he needs to approach this search differently.”

Davis hasn’t said it publicly, but a report this week indicated that he has regretted not sticking with Rich Bisaccia after the 2022 season.

According to reports at the time, Bisaccia felt like he never had a chance at earning the job in Las Vegas.

“I don’t think that he believes that he has a chance to keep the job, which is unfortunate, because he’s done a great job,” Schefter told Adam Schein last year on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. “They’ve faced a tremendous amount of adversity. He’s well-respected and well-regarded amongst the players and the people in the organization… going into the postseason I don’t think he believes he’s safe.”

Let’s hope Davis and his newest advisors, whatever age they might be, don’t make the same mistake with Antonio Pierce if he is able to turn around the team in the second half of the season.

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4 thoughts on “Raiders Never Asked Josh McDaniels About His Denver Experience During His Hiring Process

  1. Depending on how the Raiders finish the season and Antonio P. was hired as head coach, it would be wise to reach out to Rich Bisaccia. Bringing him in as assistant/associate head coach would inspire confidence & trust among the players and the organization. A win, win!!

  2. I’m not surprised. His dad Al Davis probably used the same guy as most of his scouting department were senior citizens and it show. Al also made bad coaching hires and had notoriously bad drafts. Like father like son.

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