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Silver Minings: Josh McDaniels reportedly prevented Raiders, Dave Ziegler from drafting C.J. Stroud

Report says Ziegler wanted to trade for the Ohio State quarterback but McDaniels stepped in and said no, per report

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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.

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