Previously, we looked at the need for the quarterback play of the Las Vegas Raiders to elevate to assist star wide receiver Davante Adams.
Yet, the key to that is the coaching, planning and playbook of second-year coach Josh McDaniels. Yes, the pressure is on Jimmy Garoppolo, who is now the Raiders starting quarterback after they released Derek Carr. But more pressure is on McDaniels.
He has to show he can have success with quarterbacks as a head coach. McDaniels made a name for himself, of course, as Tom Brady’s offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.
But parts of three seasons as a head coach (2009-10 with the Denver Broncos and 2022 with Las Vegas) McDaniels hasn’t had much success with quarterback play as this recent Associated Press tweet illustrates:
There have been 4 QBs to start games with McDaniels as coach:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) March 30, 2023
Kyle Orton 89.6 rating, 27 starts
Jarrett Stidham 89.2 rating, 2 starts
Derek Carr 86.3 rating, 15 starts
Chris Simms 15.1 rating, 1 start https://t.co/xxqkBP1s6N
No matter the changes to this offense, everything depends on how McDaniels leads this offense.
In other Raiders news:
- Free agency review: The Athletic has a look at the success and failures of all teams in free agency.
- Team needs: Sports Illustrated has a look at every NFL team’s needs heading into the draft.
- McShay mock: The Raiders take a cornerback in Todd McShay’s latest ESPN mock draft.