Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis showed again this week that he doesn’t let money affect how he manages his franchise.
The firing of head coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler and some coaching staff will cost Davis about $85 million, league sources told ESPN.
Some of those costs will be negated by offsets and mitigations, but the firing was, as a source told ESPN, “still an expensive move.”
The costs didn’t stop there for the Raiders, who restructured the contracts of interim head coach Antonio Pierce and interim GM Champ Kelly.
Some sources around the organization say Davis isn’t worried about money — he’s worried about putting together a winning organization, which led to this week’s shakeup, costs be damned.
“Unfortunately, I had high hopes for Josh and Dave,” Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez on Wednesday. “It just felt like we were going in the wrong direction. So, with the trade deadline, I felt it was time to change, time to make a move.”
Some sources speculated that the shots were coming. A source close to the team texted ESPN after the Raiders lost 30-12 to the Bears and undrafted the rookie quarterback. Tyson Bazent October 22: “Just heard if they lose in MNF it’s bad [against the Lions]McDaniels is [gone]”
No one would scrutinize that source text in the week leading up to the Raiders’ loss on “Monday Night Football,” but the thinking was clear enough: Davis’ patience was wearing thin.
After Monday night’s 26-14 loss to the Las Vegas Lions, Davis personally apologized to a group of Raiders players for ruining their season, league sources told ESPN, and acknowledged to a small group within the organization that it was time to do so. A change.
Pierce will become the 12th different person to coach a game for the Raiders in the past 20 seasons, including as an interim coach — the most of any NFL franchise in that span. Pierce will be the eighth coach, either interim or regular, for the Raiders since Davis took control of the team following the death of his father, Al Davis, in October 2011. Followed by Pierce McDaniels, Rich Bisaccia, Jon Gruden, Jake Del Rio. Tony Sparano, Dennis Allen and Hue Jackson.
The surprise brought a price — from a monetary one — to Davis. The Raiders haven’t won a division title since 2002, tied with the Jets for the NFL’s third-longest active drought, behind only the Browns (1989) and Lions (1993).
Davis said he was “intrigued” enough by Pierce’s resume — including a nine-year NFL career at linebacker, a Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl title with the New York Giants, against whom he will make his NFL head coaching debut on Sunday. — to sit with him.
“Seems like a new approach,” Davis said. “Seems to be the consistency we need at this point. I’m impressed.”
Davis added that Pierce “understands the culture of the Raiders, and that’s important to me. I felt really good about that.”