The only thing worse than Josh McDaniels being a proven loser when leading a team is that he’s also a known cheater.
However, the Las Vegas Raiders looked the other way and hired him anyway.
That’s why it’s impossible to feel bad for the Raiders and kick off their season 0-2 after their horrendous fall to the Arizona Cardinals in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The Raiders’ 29-23 overtime loss represents the largest lead – 20 points – in franchise history.
Somehow, the Raiders took the lead, 23-7, going into the fourth inning. But they were 22-0 down in the fourth and extra time.
The Cards outscored the Raiders, 16-0 in the fourth. They won the game on a 59-yard fumble return in OT.
For sure, Hunter Renfrow’s fumble sealed the Raiders’ fate.
Still, the blame for this debacle has to go on McDaniels.
Up 23-7 with 12:24 left, the Raiders should have been running the ball. Instead, McDaniels had Derek Carr throw the ball. A mistake.
In OT, after the Raiders got the ball back, they just needed a field goal to win. In Cardinals’ territory, Las Vegas just needed a few more yards to kick a comfortable field goal to win. Instead, McDaniels went to throwing again, twice to Renfrow. He fumbled it both times. The second fumble was recovered by the Cards. Ballgame.
Some coaches would be fired after such a malpractice. Not McDaniels. The Raiders still think he’s the smartest guy in the room. Sadly, McDaniels has lived off the plate of Bill Belichick. Somehow, dumb owners continue to give McDaniels credit for success in New England.
And why anyone would hire a coach from the Belichick coaching tree makes no sense. The trail of failures is a mile long, including Joe Judge, Charlie Weiss, and Matt Patricia.
Shockingly, the Raiders made a coaching hire mistake. They did it with Jon Gruden, signing him to a ridiculous 10-year, $100 million contract. That reign blew up when it was uncovered that Gruden’s emails while with ESPN were filled with hate talk about anyone who wasn’t a white male in a power position.
The stuff was vile.
And despite the bombshell exposure which led to Gruden resigning, the Raiders bounced back.
Under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, they turned their season around, going 10-7. They won their last four games and made the playoffs.
Still, Davis wasn’t impressed and felt like he needed a big name coach. Enter McDaniels.
Most thought he would have never gotten another chance when he pulled out of the Indianapolis Colts job at the last minute in 2018, after originally accepting the deal.
For most, it would have been a death knell. Not for Teflon Josh. In his first head coaching gig, he was fired. Not for moving up in the draft to get the lousy Tim Tebow in the first round. He wasn’t issued a pink slip because the Broncos (11-17) couldn’t win and reeked during his tenure.
The big reason was that McDaniels was caught cheating, recorded the path of the 49ers in London before a game. He was fined $50,000 by the NFL.
Where have we seen this movie before? Oh that’s right, Belichick received the highest fine for a coach in the league for Spygate. Yes, the fruit does not fall far from the tree.
That should have been for McDaniels. That reputation should have made him untenable. Who wants a dishonest person running their franchise, elevating the team’s position in the league?
They deserve each other.
It’s been a long time since the late, great Al Davis was at the top of his game as owner and the Raiders were, really, all about winning, honey.
Current Raid players just can’t get it right and always stumble on their own two feet.
The last time the Raiders won the Super Bowl was in 1984, nearly 40 years ago.
And after watching McDaniels’ Raiders the first two games out of the gate in the desert, it doesn’t look like they’re any closer this season.
Raid fans may be trying to convince themselves that things will get better, not worse.
But a good measure is that the Kansas Chiefs beat the Cardinals with ease by 44 points. However, Arizona beat the Raiders in their own cradle. Vegas, somehow, has become the most beloved game. It could take a season or two before the Raiders realize they hired McFraud, not McDaniels.