In a remarkable turnaround under interim head coach Antonio Pierce, the Las Vegas Raiders have showcased a significant improvement in their gameplay, with star wide receiver Davante Adams openly expressing his support and admiration for Pierce's leadership and impact on the team.
Since Pierce's appointment in late October, replacing Josh McDaniels, the Raiders have recorded a commendable 4-3 run.
“I’m definitely rooting for him…I love the guy, I love his mentality…his passion for the game is undeniable…his evolution…he’s done a great job”.
Raiders star Davante Adams speaks on supporting the Raiders keeping Antonio Pierce as head coach beyond this season.
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This resurgence was highlighted by their recent victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Day, ending with a score of 20-14. Additionally, their explosive performance against the Los Angeles Chargers, where they scored a staggering 63 points, marked a historic 42-point triumph, underscoring the team's newfound dynamism.
Adams Praises Pierce
Adams, a pivotal figure in the Raiders' offensive lineup, lauded Pierce for his passion and approach towards the game. "His evolution as a coach, particularly in addressing the team and embodying the head coach role, is impressive.
He's swiftly adapted and left a lasting impression on the team, especially on me," Adams remarked. This season, Adams, who joined the Raiders in a high-profile trade from the Green Bay Packers in March 2022, has been a key player.
He boasts impressive stats with 85 receptions, 972 yards, and five touchdowns. His performance marks a consistent stride from his inaugural season with the Raiders, where he recorded 100 receptions, 1,516 yards, and led the league with 14 touchdowns, earning him Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors.
The 31-year-old receiver, a Fresno State alumnus, was initially drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. During his eight-season tenure with Green Bay, Adams earned five Pro Bowl selections and two First-Team All-Pro nods, establishing himself as one of the league's top receivers.
Adams' initial dissatisfaction with the Raiders earlier this year seems to have dissipated following the coaching change to Pierce and the dismissal of general manager Dave Ziegler. Looking ahead, the Raiders, currently holding a 7-8 record, are gearing up for their upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts, followed by a season finale against the Denver Broncos on January 7.
This closing phase of the regular season is crucial for the team as they strive to solidify their resurgence under Pierce's guidance.