Raiders fire coach Josh McDaniels, GM Dave Ziegler after 'Monday Night Football' meltdown

The Las Vegas Raiders reached their breaking point with their current regime.

In a news release late Tuesday night, the Raiders announced they had fired both coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler. The duo lasted less than two seasons with the team before being dismissed.

"After much thought about what the Raiders need to move forward, I have decided to part ways with Josh and Dave," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. "I want to thank them both for their hard work and wish them and their families nothing but the best."

The Raiders also fired offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Monday. It was not immediately clear who would take over for McDaniels as the team's offensive play-caller.

Raiders interim coach

The Raiders announced linebackers coach Antonio Pierce had been named the interim head coach, while assistant general manager Champ Kelly will be the interim general manager.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was fired Oct. 31.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was fired Oct. 31.

The moves come just a little over 24 hours after the team fell 26-14 to the Detroit Lions on "Monday Night Football" to slip to 3-5 on the season. Star wide receiver Davante Adams, who had previously voiced his discontent with the direction of the franchise as well as its lack of winning, slammed his helmet into the bench after one of multiple overthrows by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

McDaniels ended his tenure as Raiders coach with a 9-16 record.

McDaniels' unceremonious run with Raiders

Both McDaniels and Ziegler were hired by Davis from the New England Patriots in January 2022, with the Raiders looking to turn the page after Jon Gruden resigned the previous October after it was revealed he repeatedly used homophobic and misogynistic language in a series of emails over a period of seven years. McDaniels inherited a team that went 10-7 and made the playoffs, marking the team's lone postseason appearance since 2016. But Las Vegas limped to a 6-11 record in 2022, and longtime starting quarterback Derek Carr was benched late in the season. The Raiders later released Carr after he declined to waive his no-trade clause, and the veteran signal-caller signed with the New Orleans Saints.

McDaniels and Ziegler went on to sign Garoppolo this offseason, and the offense has struggled throughout the year. The unit has yet to score more than 19 points in a single game this season — a fourth-quarter safety helped seal a 21-17 win over the Patriots in Week 6 — and ranks 31st in yards per game (268.3) and 30th in scoring (15.8). Reigning NFL rushing champion Josh Jacobs, whom the team gave the franchise tag to this offseason amid a prolonged standoff that did not produce a long-term deal, is averaging career lows of 3.1 yards per carry and 51 yards per game.

The abrupt departure marks the second time that McDaniels has been dismissed midseason as a head coach, as he was fired by the Denver Broncos in December 2010 in his second year with the team.

Davante Adams' view

Adams, meanwhile, has been open about his issues with the organization since it traded Carr, his former college teammate at Fresno State and close friend. In the offseason, he told The Ringer he didn't "see eye-to-eye" with the franchise's decision-makers "on what we think is best for us right now.” Earlier in October, Adams expressed frustration with his usage despite the team winning consecutive games against the Patriots and Green Bay Packers.

"When you’re a player like me, mentally, my benchmark is not wins and losses; it’s greatness," Adams said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Josh McDaniels fired: Raiders clean house by dumping coach, GM, OC