The Las Vegas Raiders undertook significant alterations to their front office and coaching staff in response to their disappointing 3-5 season record after a loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday night.
In a press release, team owner Mark Davis announced the termination of general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels, following careful consideration of the team’s needs. Davis expressed his gratitude for their hard work and extended his best wishes to them and their families.
To fill the void left by these departures, Champ Kelly was appointed as the interim general manager. Kelly, previously the assistant general manager, brought valuable experience from his time with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos organizations.
The role of interim head coach was conferred upon Antonio Pierce, who had been serving as the team’s linebackers coach before McDaniels’ dismissal. Pierce boasts a background in coaching with a stint at Arizona State and a notable nine-season career as a star player.
Las Vegas has grappled with a series of challenges over the past four seasons. The dismissal of head coach Jon Gruden, triggered by leaked unsavory emails, led to a playoff appearance under Rich Bisaccia’s leadership, marking their lone postseason outing since 2016.
The recruitment of Josh McDaniels from the New England Patriots ahead of the 2022 season had raised expectations. However, despite a potent offensive lineup featuring talents like running back Josh Jacobs and receiver Davante Adams, the team’s performance yielded a disappointing 6-11 record.
Under the guidance of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who now helms the offense, the Raiders have struggled in a highly competitive NFL division.
Antonio Pierce will have the opportunity to demonstrate his coaching prowess when the Raiders host the New York Giants in their upcoming game on Sunday.