Despite a depressing 2-7 start to Josh McDaniel’s tenure as head coach, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis isn’t ready to pull the plug on surgery, giving the embattled coach some validation after Sunday’s loss to the Colts .
“As for Josh, I have no issues,” Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Monday. “I’m getting to know him a lot better. When you sign someone, don’t you expect them to fulfill the contract?”
The Raiders come into the season with playoff ambitions and have fallen apart. They blew big leads, were left out of a three-win New Orleans team, and were an undisciplined club.
Despite the struggles, Davis tried to quash rumors that McDaniels might shit after just one season in Vegas.
“I like Josh. I think he’s doing a fantastic job. That’s why I hired him,” Davis said. “We conducted an exhaustive search and found the person we believe will lead the Raiders to greatness.”
The owner noted that the Raiders are still in the early stages of rebuilding the team under the new leadership.
“Life is not static. It’s fluid,” Davis said. “You want to win at the end of the year and be the one holding the trophy. Obviously we’re not there yet. I know it’s frustrating for the fan base. I feel with you. I’m a fan too.”
McDaniels noted Monday that his meeting with Davis was normal after Sunday’s loss.
“We meet every week after every game, including preseason,” McDaniels said. “It’s a normal event for us. He’s been great. He’s been great. He has the same urgency as all of us, if not more. He’s been here for a long time. He saw it when it was good and he wants to win as bad or worse than anyone. He’s feeling the frustration at the same time. He’s been incredibly supportive. Obviously that’s important as you move forward. But we’re all here because of him and we want to do well for him and we want to do right for him.
“Whatever he’s feeling, I want to know what it is. I think that’s my role and it’s my job, I hope I always understand where he stands and he’s not hiding anything from us. I appreciate the way he leads and his support, and you feel his urgency to do whatever he can to help us get to where we want to be as quickly as possible. I don’t know what else I could ask of him.
After Sunday’s loss, an emotional Derek Carr said he was “mad” at the slow process the Raiders have been through in 2022.
McDaniels understands his players’ frustration after the loss.
“We build. I never use the word rebuild or anything like that. This is the National Football League,” McDaniels said Monday. “There’s not five years to do that, so we know that. I think there’s a process that we’re trying to go through. Certainly slower and more painful than anyone would like. We share the same feeling. …
“We all know we’re judged by what we do and that it’s a production-based business.”
For now, McDaniels will have more time to build on a disappointing start to his Vegas reign.