After a horrific 0-3 start to the season, the Las Vegas Raiders appeared to be figuring things out in recent weeks. They won two of three games and the only loss came by one point to the Kansas City Chiefs. The team’s poor start left them little room for error heading into Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints but decided not to show up. Many would say the Raiders looked sluggish playing their first morning game of the season. Excuses are tools used by fools to build monuments of nothing. Raider fans are disgusted at the lack of effort and willingness to compete.
Prior to the game, the Saints were allowing 28.6 points per game, which was second worst in the NFL. The Raiders had the third highest scoring offense so the game had the makings of a shootout. Instead, Las Vegas got shut out 24-0 and played one of the worst games of any team this season. Head coach Josh McDaniels has come under fire to start the season with the team struggling and this blowout loss to former Raiders head coach Dennis Allen won’t make things better.
Many came out and questioned if McDaniels has what it takes to be a head coach in the NFL.
McDaniels failed spectacularly during his first head coaching job with the Denver Broncos. However, that was over a decade ago and he’s been a popular head coaching candidate in recent years. The Raiders were appealing to him after they made the playoffs last season and the hope was that he could take a playoff team and turn them into Super Bowl contenders.
With the way the Raiders have been playing this season, they’ll be lucky to win six games. McDaniels has long been considered one of the top offensive minds in the NFL but the team’s offense has been underwhelming. Yes, they were top three in scoring heading into Week 8 but getting shutout by a bad Saints defense is inexcusable when you have Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow to utilize. Owner Mark Davis will likely at least give McDaniels a full season but he won’t forget his team getting embarrassed by a coach that he fired. The Raiders need to turn things around or it could get ugly in Las Vegas really fast.