Raiders news: ‘Tense’ and ‘complicated’ 0-3 start for Las Vegas

When a team unexpectedly begins a season in disappointing fashion, as the Las Vegas Raiders have, there are bound to be tales of despair.

Such was the case when the Pro Football Network released an “inside” look at the Raiders’ 0-3 start and the “tensions” it created. Some of the highlights of the story:

  • Not only did owner Mark Davis meet with head coaches Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler immediately after Sunday’s loss at Tennessee, but quarterback Derek Carr, defensive end Maxx Crosby and other executives held a players-only meeting at one point.
  • Multiple sources told reporter Aaron Wilson that the Raiders’ poor start is “complicated” and based on personnel rather than culture. Sources said there are major issues on the offensive line and in the secondary, based on poor personnel choices from the previous regime of Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock.

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  • A source told Wilson that the Raiders aren’t “really set up to be successful” and it will take “patience” for McDaniels and Ziegler to make this team “competitive.” Still, a source said the Raiders should be fine in the long run with this regime.

Because this story has created a buzz among many Raiders fans, I wanted to address it. However, I will not dwell on this at this time. If the loss continues, there will be more anxiety to digest. Firstly, I honestly do not think there is much to worry about in this report at the moment. But I have some thoughts.

It’s interesting that the talent level of the team is being spun as an excuse for this new regime. I’m calling BS on that.

If Ziegler and McDaniels really believed there were major issues on the roster that would prevent it from competing this year, why did they trade a first- and second-round draft pick for Davante Adam and why did they give the 32- year-old pass rusher Chandler Jones guaranteed $34 million? Why did they give holdovers Carr, Crosby, slot receiver Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller new contracts? These deals keep the core of Las Vegas for the next three years and created a Super Bowl window.

Ziegler and McDaniels spent as if they had a team ready to make a move as a true contender, which would be expected of a franchise that went 10-7 and made the playoffs last season.

For sources to suggest now that they inherited a bare closet would be dishonest and revisionist history. The truth is that no team is perfect and every roster has weaknesses. The fact that the Raiders have so many stars really pours water on the excuse that the roster is the primary reason for the poor start.

I really hope that McDaniels and Ziegler don’t feel that way and that the sources are outside observers. if they do, this has a chance to get worse before it gets better. Again, it’s early and things can turn around, but the suggestion that this is a rebuild and patience is required is truly insulting to the intelligence of Raiders fans.

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