The Las Vegas Raiders ended the 2023-24 season on a high note and the same way they started the campaign, defeating the Denver Broncos. With the 27-14 victory comfortably in hand toward the end of the game, Raiders fans voiced their support for interim head coach Antonio Pierce to keep the job and the people in the stands weren’t the only ones.
Maxx Crosby spoke to The Athletic’s Tashan Reed after the game and made no secret about who his top choice for Las Vegas’ head coach is as a few of the highlights from the post-game press conferences and posts on Twitter/X are below.
If it were up to Raiders' defensive end Maxx Crosby, interim head coach Antonio Pierce would be back in Las Vegas next season.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) January 8, 2024
Crosby spoke to @tashanreed after they beat the Broncos in their final game of the season. pic.twitter.com/zRRWbJxBvP
Davante Adams shared a similar statement, using the fan’s vocal support of Pierce as part of his rationale.
Davante Adams wasn’t sure if Mark Davis needed more convincing on Pierce, “but today was a stamp — you heard how the fans responded, and it’s clear that (Pierce) has changed the culture. He’s definitely deserving.”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) January 8, 2024
Adams has never heard a crowd chant a coach’s name until Sunday.
The Silver and Black’s next quarterback might have been in attendance on Sunday.
Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels was also in the house to support his guy AP. https://t.co/oQakEptDBY— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) January 8, 2024
A few legends in the locker room.
Pierce addressed the team for what could be the final time.
Raider Nation knows how to support one of its own.
A few defensive backs, Nate Hobbs and Jack Jones, talk about building momentum for the future.
Once a Raider...
Whatever happens over the next couple of weeks with the head coach / GM search by Mark Davis, respect everything Antonio Pierce was able to accomplish. Will he be back, we don’t know. Once a Raider, always a Raider.#RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/454mm4kdOJ— Ryan Holmes (@Rholm22) January 8, 2024
Adams thanks the fans for the support.
Doesn’t sound like Jones was a fan of “the Patriot Way”, similar to the rest of the roster.
“The Raiders allow players to be themselves, they’re not trying to take the fun out the game…I feel like I’m apart of The Raider Way from day 1.”— Vegas Sports Today (@VegasSportsTD) January 8, 2024
Jack Jones speaks after the Raiders beat the Broncos in the season finale and contrasts his experiences with The Raiders and… pic.twitter.com/yhVeP5cplG
The legendary Charles Woodson shares his thoughts on the coaching situation.
ONE-ON-ONE: Unique scene in the #Raiders locker room after the win.— Logan Reever (@loganreever) January 8, 2024
Hall of Famers of the past joining in the celebration. Cigars in hand too.
Caught up with Charles Woodson who says Antonio Pierce has brought back something this organization has been missing for a long time. pic.twitter.com/0rgbRyazwR
Shed a tear, the final victory plunge of the season.
In Other Raiders’ links:
- NFL Draft order: Raiders will pick 13th in the first round after yesterday’s win. What are the team’s top needs, biggest threats and a few names to keep an eye on.
- Will good vibes pay off for Pierce?: “On the team’s Twitter account, [Pierce] had a message to fans that said he will see fans in 2024. So, he’s confident he will be back,” Silver and Black Pride’s Bill Williamson wrote.
- Inside the locker room: “But, based on how far the team has rebounded from when it fired coach Josh McDaniels on Halloween, blasting Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” and bouncing around to the bass is a justifiable good mood,” Vic Tafur’s post-game column reads. “They have become a very close team that finished 5-4 under interim coach Antonio Pierce, and hey … they like cigars.”
- Team rallies around its head coach: “In what seemed more like a beginning rather than an ending, the Raiders thrashed the Broncos in a win that had little to do with any maliciousness toward a bitter rival and everything to do with the journey they hope to continue with an interim coach they have grown to love,” via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.