Despite being long-time friends and having worked together for several years before joining the Las Vegas Raiders, Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler weren’t on the same page as much as one would think, per a report from Sports Illustrated’s Hondo Carpenter.
Carpenter penned an article that outlined 10 things McDaniels and Ziegler disagreed on, especially when it came to the Raiders’ quarterback situation.
According to the report, the general manager didn’t want to sign Jimmy Garoppolo and wanted to draft C.J. Stroud—who went No. 2 overall to the Houston Texans. But the head coach preferred Garoppolo and wouldn’t sign off on trading up for Stroud.
“Entering the draft, McDaniels already had overruled Ziegler at the quarterback position,” Carpenter wrote. “Ziegler had no faith that Garoppolo could stay healthy and felt he wasn’t the quarterback to take the team into the future.
“Evaluating all of the quarterbacks in the draft, Ziegler loved Stroud.
“‘Dave felt he was a generational talent, and Kelly loved him. Z had done his research,’ a source said. ‘He knew the cost to move up to No. 1 and even No. 2.
‘He felt the cost was cheap, and he was willing to do almost anything that didn’t include Maxx Crosby. He and Josh agreed that the price of No. 1 was too high, but Z wanted to move up to No. 2 and grab Stroud. He could have made the deal. He also knew Stroud would allow McDaniels to show the fans and the owner that an identity would be established.
‘Josh was willing to move up for Bryce Young, but as expected, he went No. 1, and Stroud to the Raiders had long been dead.’”
Carpenter also wrote that the duo disagreed on coaching hires, fearing failure and several other key factors with the team as the link to the article is above.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Compete or evaluate the roster?: Silver and Black Pride’s Ray Aspuria weighs in on what’s best for the future of the Raiders throughout the last few weeks of the season.
- David Shaw “name to keep an eye on”: According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore, the former Stanford head coach will be in the mix for the opening in Las Vegas.
- Playoff hopes not dead?: “There’s nothing against us winning five in a row and sneaking into the playoffs,” Hunter Renfrow said via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “That’s kind of the goal, and I’m hoping everyone in this locker room kind of has that at the back of their mind this whole bye week.”
- Lions a blueprint for Raiders: “Pierce has vowed to be, and has shown in his short time at the helm of the Raiders, like Campbell, he is a former player who is a player’s coach,” writes S&BP’s Bill Williamson. “He leans on the players’ thoughts and needs and works with it. Players sell out for Campbell, who like Pierce, looks like he could still play. Campbell is 47 and Pierce is 45.”