Raiders: What Josh McDaniels rumored hiring means for Derek Carr

Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Las Vegas Raiders may hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to be their next head coach, which would actually be a good thing for star quarterback Derek Carr.

There is a good chance the Las Vegas Raiders‘ next head coach will be longtime New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, which seems to be good news for Derek Carr.

The Raiders quarterback has been with the Silver and Black since going to them in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. Carr is in the final year of his contract, so it remains to be seen if he is sticking in Las Vegas long-term. Should McDaniels be the next man in charge of this Mötley Crüe, this is why it should be something Carr can definitely get behind.

If McDaniels were to get the nod, that would almost certainly mean their next general manager would be Dave Ziegler. The Patriots assistant and front office executive think very highly of Carr.

McDaniels reportedly met with team president Dan Ventrelle on Friday night. If the meeting goes well with Raiders owner Mark Davis, McDaniels could be the next head coach of the Raiders by this weekend.

Josh McDaniels to the Las Vegas Raiders would actually be good for Derek Carr

Raider Nation may not love McDaniels’ Patriots connection, but there are several reasons to potentially get behind this hire if is does happen. One, McDaniels only has one shot left to be an NFL head coach. He cannot screw this up after how bad the Denver Broncos experiment ended a decade ago. For McDaniels to think this highly of the Raiders and Carr certainly speaks volumes.

Two, assuming he and Ziegler leave Foxborough for Las Vegas, that will bring a strong sense of continuity to the Silver and Black. Though nearly all Bill Belichick disciples burn out in flames as head coaches, McDaniels feels like one who has patiently waited for his second stab at a main job after how much of a disaster it was in Denver. Continuity will be key in keeping Las Vegas afloat.

And finally, the expectation if McDaniels is hired is that he will call plays. If he were to turn over the reins to someone else and be a CEO-type head coach, that would be a huge mistake. This is because calling plays is what McDaniels does best. He will put Carr in positions to succeed offensively. It remains to be seen how the supporting cast around him comes together, though.

Carr may have wanted Rich Bisaccia to get the job full-time, but McDaniels’ interest in the role seems to be very genuine.

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