On November 1, 2023, the Las Vegas Raiders made a major shakeup in their coaching staff and management. Head coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler, and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi were all fired after the team’s disappointing start to the season.
At 3-5, the Raiders are currently tied for last place in the AFC West. This poor performance led team owner Mark Davis to make the decision to part ways with the coaching staff. Antonio Pierce, who served as the linebackers coach at the start of the season, will take over as the interim head coach. Additionally, Champ Kelly, the assistant GM under Ziegler, has been promoted to general manager for the remainder of the season.
McDaniels’ firing came after just 25 games with the team, where he achieved a 9-16 record since taking over in 2022. The team’s offensive struggles were a significant factor in the decision to part ways with McDaniels. The Raiders’ offense under McDaniels was plagued by scoring and rushing woes, leading to their status as the third-worst scoring team in the NFL this season.
Looking ahead, Davis indicated that he would seek a new head coach and general manager in the off-season, with potential candidates including Brian Flores, Jim Harbaugh, Dan Quinn, and Raheem Morris.
For the rest of the season, the Raiders are facing challenges both on and off the field. With a projected win total of only 6.5 over/under, they are currently tied with the Denver Broncos for last place in the AFC West. Oddsmakers have the Raiders as a huge favorite to miss the playoffs at -3000 odds.
Despite the difficulties, the Raiders will have the opportunity to turn things around in upcoming home games against the New York Giants and New York Jets. They will be looking to improve on their 3-5 record against the point spread this season and overcome their offensive struggles.