Raiders Aiming to Become Patriots 2.0 With Josh McDaniels Emerging as Head Coach Frontrunner

The Las Vegas Raiders had a busy 2021 NFL season. After everything that happened, they made the NFL Playoffs after a topsy-turvy Week 18 clash with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Unfortunately, the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals ended the Raiders campaign and sent their coaching search into the forefront. Las Vegas fired general manager Mike Mayock, and now they are holding interviews to search for another head coach.

Recently, reports have come out about New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels emerging as a frontrunner for the job, and it looks like the Raiders are trying to become the Patriots.

Josh McDaniels emerges as a head coaching candidate for the Raiders with another familiar New England name

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is interviewing for the Raiders HC job.
Patriots HC Josh McDaniels and Raiders owner Mark Davis | Michael Reaves / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Let the Josh McDaniels sweepstakes begin. After spurning the Indianapolis Colts, he headed back to New England to work alongside Bill Belichick.

However, it was only a matter of time before he left to become a head coach somewhere, and perhaps Vegas is the perfect spot for him. After the Raiders fired Mayock, they interviewed candidates for the GM job — including Dave Ziegler, who works for the Patriots.

Now, it looks like Mark Davis and the Raiders are enticed at a Patriots pairing of Ziegler and McDaniels — and what a duo that would be.

McDaniels is one of the best OCs in the entire NFL, and after everything the Raiders went through the past few seasons, he would likely be a perfect guy to change the guard in Sin City — and bringing Ziegler with him would be quite something.

The road looks to be ending for Rich Bisaccia after a successful run

With questions swirling about Rich Bisaccia’s tenure in Las Vegas, the Chicago Bears are one team who has come out as an option for him. After years of being the special teams coordinator in Las Vegas, he was promoted to the interim head coach after Jon Gruden resigned.

Bisaccia is well-respected around the league and should have no problem finding another job if the Raiders decide not to retain him.

He interviewed for the job after the playoffs ended, although the Raiders’ interest in McDaniels tells how they feel about staying put with Bisaccia.

Then again, Mayock was let go, so perhaps the Raiders want to wipe the slate clean and start over.

Las Vegas is doing its due diligence on the coaching front. They even interviewed another Patriots assistant — making clear their intentions to dip into the Belichick tree.

The Raiders also interviewed Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo, although McDaniels and Ziegler together appear to be the top choice

Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayo has done his fair share of interviews during this cycle, including the Raiders this past week.

But McDaniels is the favorite, especially if Las Vegas can bring Ziegler with him.

With nine jobs opening up during this cycle, McDaniels was always a guy teams would love to have. As Mike Giardi reports, McDaniels’ interest in this job should be taken seriously — especially with everybody dipping into the Belichick coaching tree in recent years.

McDaniels’ numbers speak volumes to his presence on the offensive end, and the Raiders could use a rejuvenated group on that side of the ball.

All in all, the Raiders appear zeroed in on McDaniels and could very well bring Ziegler with him, taking a page directly out of the Patriots book.

The Raiders are desperate to field a playoff team once again in 2022. With so many questions on both sides of the ball, perhaps copying the Patriots is precisely what this franchise needs.

At this point, it would be a surprise if McDaniels doesn’t become the next head coach in Las Vegas.

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