Over the last nine weeks, Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce has been auditioning to earn the full-time job moving forward. With the Raiders now out of the playoffs and wrapping up the season this upcoming Sunday, Pierce was asked for his thoughts on the job he’s done during yesterday’s press conference.
Q: It’s been eight or nine weeks now since you stepped into the position. How do you kind of reflect on the job that you’ve done in the second half of the season? And are you allowing yourself to think ahead at all to what may lay ahead this offseason?
Coach Pierce: “I’m staying present to answer your last question. And then how do I evaluate myself? I think each and every week you’ve learned something new about (me), I’ve learned something new about myself. But this is a game regardless of how much you’ve played or been in, there’s always something new that comes up that you have to adapt and adjust to. That’s been a good part of the process of growing. Understanding players, coaches, the dynamic to maintain that at a high level each and every week, to bring it each and every week. And what that takes and what it looks like, I think that’s something that I’m going to reflect on and hopefully get better as I go along.
“At the end of day, everything will be looked at by wins and losses, and I think that’s fair and that’s what this business is about. I said that at the very beginning, its production based, and it’s about wins and losses. But I do also think it’s about what do you build in the foundation? And I think for the most part in these eight or nine weeks, it’s been a solid foundation that we’ve built as a team and as an organization that we can look on and say, ‘Okay, those are things that went well and there’s some other things that we can do better.’ And that’s how I’ll look at it.”
In other Raiders’ links:
- Winners and losers versus Colts: running back Zamir White put together another strong performance which could make Josh Jacobs expendable in the offseason.
- Defense, emotion can’t save the day: “Christmas Day seems so long ago,” Silver and Black Pride’s Bill Williamson wrote. “Just six days after a franchise highlight upset win at the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders were flat and made several miscues in a 23-20 defeat at the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The loss officially knocked Las Vegas out of playoff contention.”
- Should Las Vegas trade for Kyler Murray?: “Arizona could take on some of his money to get more return in a trade as they are likely two or three years away from competing for the playoffs,” Heavy on Sports’ Austin Boyd wrote. “If the Raiders offer their 2024 second-round pick and a conditional 2025 third-round pick that turns into a second-round pick if Murray plays at least 75% of offensive snaps.”
- Jack Jones has a message for Travis Kelce: “He said they gave us that game? Tell him we took that game,” the corner said in response to the Tight End saying the Chiefs gave the Raiders the game on Christmas Day, via Vegas Sports Today.