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McDaniels Ranked 30th Among NFL Head Coaches

Las Vegas Raiders Coach Josh McDaniels was not ranked very high amongst his contemporaries.
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Las Vegas Raiders Coach Josh McDaniels is heading into his second year as head man of the Silver and Black.

His second season should be vastly different from his first for several reasons, including personnel changes and philosophical scheme changes.

The Raiders are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season that saw them win only six games and miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the last decade.

With McDaniels and General Manager Dave Ziegler, the Raiders are looking to rekindle some of the magic that duo found with the New England Patriots, where they won three Super Bowls together.

However, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin recently released a piece ranking all 32 head coaches in the NFL, and McDaniels was ranked at No. 30, third-worst in the NFL.

On McDaniels, Benjamin wrote:

“We know he can run a Patriots offense, which is probably why he basically remade the old Patriots in Las Vegas this offseason. But adversity has tended to dent, not strengthen, his teams in two different gigs as a head man. And his handpicked new QB, respected but fragile old flame Jimmy Garoppolo, is an extended absence waiting to happen.”

McDaniels has a 17-28 record as a head coach, and is looking to turn his fortunes around this season after the Raiders built the team around his system this offseason.

McDaniels was the head coach of the Denver Broncos for two seasons and had a 11-17 record before being dismissed in 2010. He spent time with the then-St. Louis Rams after that, but would eventually return to the Patriots for 10 seasons before agreeing to become head coach of the Raiders.

While his first season with the Raiders was a disappointing one, McDaniels is in a much more favorable position in year two now that the team’s personnel is tailored to his coaching abilities. Having players who are familiar with the system he had so much success with should make things easier on him.

McDaniels was a widely respected offensive coordinator in his time in New England, and is hoping to bring some of that success to Las Vegas in his second season. 

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