HENDERSON, Nev. — Shortly after Josh McDaniels shared his vision for the future of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, one day after a stunning 25-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that cut his team to 2-7, owner Mark Davis told ESPN that he would be patient will have with his freshman head coach and the program he is building.
“People in today’s world want instant gratification. The man has coached nine games. We are 2-7, not the results we are looking for, but at the same time we lost six games by one score with the ball and a opportunity.” to win in the end,” Davis told ESPN.
When asked about giving McDaniels a vote of confidence, which was passed in January, Davis said that happened when he signed him to a contract.
“I gave him my confidence when I signed him to coach the Raiders. Then I gave it to him,” he told ESPN.
Davis added, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
Earlier on Monday, McDaniels said he will stay on track amid rumors about his job security.
“We’re building,” McDaniels said at his weekly media conference Monday. “I never used the word ‘reconstruction’ or anything like that. It’s the National Football League; you don’t have five years for that.
“There’s a process we’re trying to go through. Sure, slower and more painful than anyone wants.”
And while McDaniels said he hadn’t been reassured by Davis in recent weeks about his status at “some big clandestine meeting,” McDaniels said he will continue to try to build a foundation for the future.
“I’m going to determine what I can control and do my job to the best of my ability, and part of that has been continuing to think about the future and next year and what happens after the next few months here,” McDaniels said.
“If someone tells me my time is up, then my time is up.”
Expectations were high for Las Vegas after last season’s improbable run to a 10-7 finish and playoffs under interim coach Rich Bisaccia and general manager Mike Mayock, after which Davis opted to keep McDaniels and Dave Ziegler, as GM, from the New England patriots.
But the Raiders started 0-3. And after winning two of the three, they’ve lost their last three games in disheartening fashion, being shut out by the New Orleans Saints and former coach Dennis Allen, leading 17-0 (their third such loss of the season). season) in the Jacksonville Jaguars, and then Sunday’s loss to the Colts, who had a coach who had never coached above the high school level in Jeff Saturday, an offensive coordinator who had never called plays in the NFL before in Parks Frazier and a 37-year-old quarterback who was benched in Matt Ryan earlier this season.
“We’re just trying to do nothing but win every game, and we’ll continue to do that,” said McDaniels. “I think the reality is I understand the short-term history of this place. I was educated about it; they talked to me about it when I got here – they were trying to get something together that can last and hold out and win and win and win and win and win. We’re not doing enough of it now, and we understand that. But at the same time, that’s been the vision for us, to try to figure out what’s going to happen in the future, what’s not. And how we moving on will affect that.
“If you’re going through a change, there are some things you’re going to see initially, and there are some things you’re going to see over time. If you have enough opportunity to make those evaluations and eventually try to get it right, that’s the chance you hope for.”
McDaniels said the goal is to have “a culture and the kind of people on the team who keep trying to uphold that year after year after year” in Las Vegas.
“I understand the short-term frustration. I get it. I really do.”
McDaniels is 13-24 as NFL head coach having previously gone 11-17 with the Denver Broncos before being fired during his sophomore season in 2010. .
Also on Monday, the Raiders made an effort to bolster their defense, claiming 2019 first-round pick Jerry Tillery from waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers. A defensive tackle given up by the Chargers last week, Tillery has 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 54 career games.
The Chargers, the No. 28 overall pick in 2019, declined during the off-season to pick up the fifth-year option on Tillery’s rookie contract. He played in seven games this season but did not start. He registered a sack and forced fumble.