NFL insider reveals why Raiders are not firing coach Josh McDaniels amid poor year
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NFL insider Bill Plaschke is reporting that the Las Vegas Raiders can't afford themselves to fire head coach Josh McDaniels because they are "cash poor." After their first nine games of the season, the Raiders own a disappointing 2-7 record.
Some feel head coach McDaniel deserves a lot of blame and that he should be fired. But the Raiders keep publicly supporting McDaniels and Plaschke now reveals why. “I’m saying right now: Josh McDaniels will be the coach this year and next year.
The Raiders don’t have the money to fire him, to pay him off. They’re cash poor," Plaschke said on ESPN.
Raiders owner voiced some support in McDaniels
On Sunday, the Raiders suffered another low when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts on their home field.
The Colts were coached by Jeff Saturday, who had no previous coaching experience on the NFL or college level. After the Raiders lost that game, the talks about McDaniels needing to be fired intensified. But Raiders owner Mark Davis responded by publicly supporting McDaniels.
"When you sign someone to a contract, don't you expect him to fulfill the contract? I like Josh. I think he's doing a fantastic job. That's why I hired him. We did an exhaustive search and found the person we believe is going to bring the Raiders to greatness," Davis said, per The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Meanwhile, Davante Adams has been one of the most frustrated Raiders players. Following their latest loss, star wide receiver Adams said it's time for some players to step up and make the plays when it matters the most.
“Just don’t have enough guys that are fully bought in. I don’t think people are like, you know, ‘F what [McDaniels] is talking about’ or ‘I’m going against the grain.’ It’s just a matter of executing when it’s time.
It means playing a complete game, every minute of the game, giving it everything you’ve got. It’s doing your job and making the plays when you’re called on and get the opportunities, and we just don’t do that at a high enough level right now," Adams said.
This week, the Raiders are playing the Denver Broncos on the road. Earlier this season, the Raiders defeated the Broncos in Las Vegas. Now, the Raiders are hoping to beat the Broncos again and end their three-game losing streak.