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An insider debunks rumor Mark Davis can’t fire Josh McDaniels.

Josh McDaniels with Mark Davis.


Several times this season, it looked like Josh McDaniels, the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, might be fired before the end of his rookie season in the position. The team’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts served as a turning point. After this defeat, many more people came forward to demand his release.

However, McDaniels maintained his position and led the Raiders to a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos. According to a rumor spread by Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, owner Mark Davis couldn’t afford the takeover, so the bus wasn’t fired. It’s been talked about for years that Davis is short on cash.

Although this is a widely held opinion, it is not supported by any facts. On “The Pat McAfee Show,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport quickly dispelled the rumor that Davis didn’t have the resources to fire McDaniels.

According to Rapoport, the fact that Josh McDaniels was not fired for financial reasons was a lie.

For Davis, the move to Las Vegas was extremely profitable. According to Forbes, the Raiders are the ninth most valuable franchise in the NFL. Not to mention, Davis recently bought WNBA team Lаs Vegаs Aces, which isn’t a move you’d expect from someone on a budget.

Then why would Davis keep McDaniels?

Perhaps Davis’ belief in what McDaniels is constructing is why he doesn’t want to abruptly fire the coach before his rookie campaign is over. The Raiders qualified for the playoffs last year despite Jon Gruden’s lack of a talented roster. Many of the roster changes made by McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler were unsuccessful.

But it’s not like raiders are routinely humiliated. In games decided by a single score, they are 1-6. The team’s inability to win tight games is entirely McDaniel’s fault, but they are just a few players away from turning that 1-6 record into a 6-1 record. There’s little point in firing McDaniels at this point. He currently has no clear interim replacement on the staff. Rob Ryan as the Raiders’ interim head coach makes it unlikely they’ll qualify for the playoffs, so he’ll at least have to finish the season to see if he can turn things around.

McDaniels didn’t lose the dressing room

There has been a lot of talk about how McDaniels lost the dressing room ahead of Sunday’s Broncos win. If you keep losing games, a demanding coach like him can become too much to handle. There was no indication the team disrespected its coach after defeating the Broncos.

That he hasn’t lost the dressing room yet is also supported by an insider. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the coach is good for the upcoming campaign:

People I’ve spoken to in the league believe McDaniels will get another season because they believe the Raiders brought McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler together as a package and wouldn’t be interested in paying either of them a sizable buyout . Despite what was evident in Sunday’s win over Denver, I don’t get the impression he lost the dressing room after speaking to a few people. Are there rumors of a “Patriots Way” approach to coaching where players work long hours? Yes. However, that is also fairly typical. The NFL is strict. Players are confident in his strategy, but wins aren’t pouring in like they should.

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