The Las Vegas Raiders hired their new head coach, Josh McDaniels, to lead the team into the future. There were questions surrounding the future of quarterback Derek Carr. His contract is up and the organization have been in discussions are extending him.

When McDaniels was introduced as head coach, his initial statement sounded like he wanted Carr to be there. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas coach doubled down on that sentiment, appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

McDaniels talked about having watched Carr for a long time and been a fan of his. It’s only been the last year or two that sports fans appear to have acknowledged the level of play Carr has played at. But, apparently McDaniels is not among them. He’s known for a while, saying “It’ll be a really fun experience for me to continue to build this thing with him as our leader.”

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The new Raiders coach is hoping to have a bit more success than the last time he was a head coach. He was pried away from the New England Patriots once before, taking the head coach job with the Denver Broncos in 2009. That did not last long as he was let go after two failed seasons.

A couple of years later he was back as the offensive coordinator with the Patriots.

The Raiders are hoping to build off one of the best seasons in the franchises recent history. They finished 10-7 and earned their first playoff berth since 2016. It was also only their second playoff appearance since 2002. It sounds as though Carr’s extension will be a priority for McDaniels early on.