The 2022 season has been a rough one for the Las Vegas Raiders but they found a way to hit a new low on Sunday afternoon. Hosting the Indianapolis Colts, who fired head coach Frank Reich and hired Jeff Saturday, with zero coaching experience above the high school level, as the interim seemed to set things up in favor of the Raiders.
Las Vegas was coming off of their third game of the season blowing a lead of at least 17 points, as they let one slip away against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. Facing a Colts team with a revamped coaching staff and questions at the quarterback position is exactly what the doctor would order for a slumping team.
Despite everything being in their favor, the Raiders still found a way to lose the game. Indianapolis went into Allegiant Stadium and won 25-20, giving Saturday a victory in his head coaching debut.
That loss drops the Raiders to 2-7 on the season, all but ending their chance at making a run to the postseason. There may not be a franchise in the NFL that has had as disappointing a season as Las Vegas, who made a surprise run to the playoffs last season but will need a miracle to repeat that.
Are these struggles something we should have seen coming from a Josh McDaniels-led team? McDaniels has found a ton of success as an offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, but his head coaching opportunities haven’t been anywhere near as fruitful.
As pointed out by CBS Sports, McDaniels’ struggles have spanned for a while now. He began his head coaching career 6-0 with the Denver Broncos, but since then, all he has done is rack up losses. In the 31 games following that, McDaniels has led his team to a 7-24 record.
While McDaniels and new general manager Dave Ziegler will likely receive the benefit of the doubt, what they have done to a playoff roster is certainly eyebrow-raising. Losing to a team led by an interim head coach with zero experience is a fireable offense, especially taking into consideration how poorly the Colts played in the last two games coming into the Week 10 contest.
There are a lot of proud players in that locker room, led by quarterback Derek Carr, that will give it their all in the final eight games of the season. However, 2022 is looking like another lost season for a McDaniels-led team as it is hard to envision them winning more than one or two games the remainder of the season with how they have looked through nine games.