So close, yet so far. Recently, rumors circulated that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels might be packing his bags to move up in the ladder and join the Las Vegas Raiders.
He has built quite a resume, helping the Patriots take home six Super Bowl titles. So when reports arose that Patriots de facto general manager Dave Ziegler sat down with Raiders owner Mark Davis last Friday, many felt McDaniels would be brought in as coach.
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But seemingly in just a wink, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, according to The Athletic's Vic Tafur:
There was a strong buzz Tuesday morning around a Patriots duo of Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels coming to Las Vegas as the Raiders’ new general manager and head coach. But 24 hours later, that seems to have been quickly muted.
Tafur noted that the reasons are still murky, but it is believed that the Raiders didn't want to shell out extra cash to acquire Ziegler and McDaniels:
McDaniels apparently had been calling coaches around the league about putting together a staff, but it appears something happened in the last 24 hours. League sources don’t know if the issue was about compensation or the power structure in Las Vegas or both, but it seems Ziegler and McDaniels are not the leaders in the clubhouse anymore.
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The Raiders, led by quarterback Derek Carr, had a strong campaign despite all the controversies. It's imperative for them to build on the momentum, but, clearly, they have to fix their own backyard first.