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The Las Vegas Raiders were a playoff team last season but decided to let interim head coach Rich Bisaccia go in favor of hiring former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. At the time, the decision wasn’t a surprise as the team wanted to move on from the Jon Gruden era. Through three games, owner Mark Davis could be regretting his decision.

Following a 24-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, the Raiders are 0-3 and their playoff dreams are almost crushed. Only six teams since 1979 have made the playoffs after an 0-3 start and no team has done it since the Houston Texans in 2018. Needless to say, things are not looking great for the Raiders’ playoff chances.

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the team’s horrific start but most of it will fall on McDaniels. He’s been labeled as an offensive guru but the Raiders offense has not played well consistently through three games. The team has yet to score over 23 points in a game despite having expensive players all over the offense.

“Just Win Baby” has become less of a mantra and more of a cliché. It seems as though no one wants to get in the end zone. Raiders are not making the necessary big plays needed to win.

While it’s easy to understand why frustration with McDaniels would start to build, the Raiders aren’t firing him yet. He still deserves some benefit of the doubt as a new head coach. Not every head coach taking over a team gets off to a head start and McDaniels’ offensive system is notoriously difficult for players to quickly pick up. Now, the coach’s seat is certainly warming up. Davis didn’t invest all of this money in McDaniels and the roster to watch his team win five games. If the Raiders continue this losing streak and start 0-10, it’s possible that Davis could look to move on before things get worse. The team’s playoff hopes are close to dead but there’s still a chance for them to put together a respectable season.