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Raiders Express Commitment To Head Coach Josh McDaniels

Raiders coach Josh McDaniels

A frustrating season for the Las Vegas Raiders got a whole lot worse on Sunday with a 24-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The defeat dropped the Raiders to 2-5 in head coach Josh McDaniels' first season, leading some fans and analysts to call for McDaniels to be fired already.

But the Raiders' front office isn't entertaining that idea yet.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a statement that "Josh McDaniels is our head coach and will be for years to come."

"Just to clear anything up after some 'reports' surfaced today. This is from Raiders owner Mark Davis: 'Josh McDaniels Is Our Head Coach And Will Be For Years To Come.'" -- Vincent Bonsignore

It's unclear what reports Bonsignore was referring to. But it's not difficult to find examples of people expressing their displeasure with McDaniels' coaching job this season.

Expectations were high for the Raiders this season after they went 10-7 and made the playoffs in 2021, despite head coach Jon Gruden resigning midway through the season. Those expectations climbed when the team hired McDaniels, the longtime New England Patriots offensive coordinator, and traded for All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams.

However, the Raiders currently sit last in the AFC West and are one of five AFC teams with two or fewer wins. The shutout loss to the Saints was so bad that McDaniels apologized to Raider fans afterward.

While it would be unusual for an NFL team to fire its coach midway through his first season, McDaniels might get a shorter leash than most because he has already struggled as a head coach once before. McDaniels coached the Denver Broncos in 2009-10 and was fired after going 11-17 in two seasons.

It sounds like Davis is willing to be patient with McDaniels, at least for now. But if his team doesn't start winning soon, his second head-coaching stint could wind up even shorter than his first.