The Las Vegas Raiders have averaged since moving from Oakland. Everything looked promising at first, but legal woes for players and social woes for coaches sent the franchise into chaos after the 2021 season.
Big changes have been made before the last campaign. Josh McDaniels was brought in for the second time as head coach of the AFC West team, and the acquisition of DeVante Adams was one of the biggest in this particular off-season.
Current, former Raiders players cast a shadow over the organization
#Seekers coach Josh McDaniels on Davante Adams’ comments that he and the staff “have disagreement over what we think is best for us at the moment”
McDaniels said: “I don’t think there’s a lot of drama here”
I noticed that he, Dave and Davante have a great relationship pic.twitter.com/DFkxID3FL9
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But Las Vegas finished the 2022 season with a record of just 6-11, and judging by recent player comments about that lineup, it wasn’t going well behind the scenes.
It started with an article published by The Ringer a few weeks ago. It was an interview with Adams in which he criticized the Raiders organization and the front office in particular. Adams was quoted as saying he “didn’t agree” with the decision makers at the top.
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Similar sentiments were echoed by Darren Waller, now the New York Giants. Praising his new team and coaching staff, he seemed to get a glimpse of Las Vegas and the way they ran their business.
“Yes, they value our opinions here. As a gamer, I feel like in a lot of places I’ve been, they tell you to do things a certain way and you do those things. But here it is that they ask a lot of questions. They want to know what you think, what you want to do more.”
Adams apologized for his comments, considering they were direct quotes and shot at the organization he currently plays for. But Waller’s comments will stand, and there will be questions as to whether some players really enjoy playing for the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders won’t have too many positive expectations for the 2023 season. Their projected win total is just 6.5, and they will be playing a new quarterback who has struggled with injury in the past. Their odds of winning the Super Bowl are +5500, on par with the Broncos and Giants.