Raiders news: Josh McDaniels mature is a good thing
There will be no Patriot Games in the desert. Not if Josh McDaniels has a say in the matter – and he most certainly has influence. As the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, one can assume that New England Patriots way would proliferate anything and everything Silver & Black.
After all, McDaniels spent a considerable amount of time – 14 seasons to be exact – under the wing of Bill Belichick. It was McDaniels’ prowess on offense paired with Belichick’s genius on defense that helped shape the Patriot Way.
And, when McDaniels stays on as Denver Broncos The big boss from 2009 to 2010 failed miserably, the now Raiders El Capitan returned to the outstretched arms of Bill The Butcher.
So replicating what Belichick did so well in New England is something we’ll see in Las Vegas, right?
Poppy, says McDaniels.
“I am not Bill [Belichick] and I can’t be. I’m just going to try to be myself and hopefully I can be a good leader for our team,” the Raiders head coach said during his media briefing as the team began its activity. Organized Team Training (OTA). “It’s hard for anyone to go from there and try to replicate everything that’s going on there.”
McDaniels’ approach in his second go-around as head coach is not only the right approach, but shows the maturity gained through the face factory of an experience in Denver. He tried to replicate Belichick’s strong iron will for the Broncos and it didn’t work. First, despite being a valued pupil of Belichick, McDaniels lacked the former’s consistent success that built over time and culminated in the Lombardi trophies. Reverence is an acquired and, more importantly, maintained attribute. The latter was something McDaniels couldn’t do in his first foray as big boss. And, as McDaniels admitted, he’s not Belichick.
So why try again?
“It’s really important for them to know that I’m supporting them and that I’m just here to be a resource and try to help them if I can. If I can’t then I’ll learn from them,” said McDaniels said “It was great trying to put that in motion here. I think the players and the coaches know it’s not going to be like that.”
Good grief, coach!
The Raiders urgently need a new infusion of culture. Not all of the previous regime was bad, even thinking about it is stupid, but neither was it all sunshine and rainbows. There’s a lingering stench in Henderson that needs to dissipate, namely the lack of return on investment from draft picks and free agents.
Raider Nation can mock the poor returns the Chicago Bears got when they traded and landed Khalil Mack, but the Silver & Black flopped in terms of the players they drafted with the compensation they got for the pass rusher. This stench is worse than the toilets in the Oakland Coliseum could produce.
But I digress. New regime, new era.
By all accounts, McDaniels is letting his team establish a new culture and direction as the team embarks on OTAs and prepares for a training camp for a full 2022 campaign.
“I think we have a good thing in terms of where we started things,” McDaniels said. “The football part and the belief in how to win and part of the strategy and that kind of stuff, all I know. But the interpersonal interactions each day, the flow of the day, some of these other things that you could choose to copy if you wanted to – we have a lot of great people, as I said, and so being able to put their responsibilities on them , they know what their roles are and letting them do their job is really important to me.
The ability to see the entire Raiders organization working in unison during OTAs is something McDaniels wanted to see himself and so far it’s been going well. Especially considering the coaching staff was assembled by McDaniels and the roster was put together by longtime friend and general manager Dave Ziegler. It’s a window, however brief, into how the staffing and roster building went and continues.
“I’ve been looking forward to an opportunity like this for a few years now and I’m so lucky to have the staff we have and the group we have working, and the support staff we have around me.” , McDaniels said. “They make my job easier. I’m just trying to keep us on time and on schedule and that sort of thing, but I couldn’t say enough about the staff here.
“The strength and conditioning guys, the coaches, the equipment people who make it work – they do an amazing job. Then our team of coaches are doing a great job. They’re there very early, they’re there late at night to make sure all the information is prepared.
Preparation is something McDaniels lacked during his initial tenure as head coach. Not in terms of game plan and X and O, but in terms of player management and the intrapersonal relationship the main person has with the roster. It’s one thing to lead a team when things are going well and it’s a different beast trying entirely to captivate and motivate when things aren’t going so well.
So far in the desert, McDaniels is relying on veterans and exemplary types like newly acquired wide receiver Davante Adams and passing thrower Chandler Jones. Add to the mix established insiders like quarterback Derek Carr, passer Maxx Crosby and tight end Darren Waller, and McDaniels has a huge core of respected players to lead the Raiders into the 2022 season. head coach and players should set the tone.
“The effort they put in, the time they put in, how much they demand of themselves – what I think you need to do before you can start pushing others – that speaks for itself. “, McDaniels said of the team. far. “And then there are a lot of players who follow the right people. Excited about this group, happy with what they have done so far. There’s still a long way to go and I can’t wait to see how it goes as we go through the rest of spring.
Not all coaches can rule with an iron fist and treat players coldly and get the most out of them. And to all appearances, McDaniels learned that and matured. To fall apart as a leading man in Denver, as painful as it was at the time, might turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to McDaniels. Especially if he can lead Las Vegas to glory.
“I feel like I learned a lot. I feel like it slowed down for me for sure,” he said. “It doesn’t mean anything at this point in the year, has no bearing on what happens later, but I definitely feel comfortable now to understand what my role is and how to do it better. “
This is the absolute best approach for McDaniels and the coins will fall however they may. For better or worse, McDaniels is going to forge his own Silver & Black path and that’s really the only way to properly assess McDaniels the Head Coach Part Two.