Jul 30, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States;  New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reacts during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders officially hire Josh McDaniels as head coach

Josh McDaniels is a head coach again after the Las Vegas Raiders officially hired him Monday.

The Raiders also introduced their new general manager, Dave Ziegler, in the same Monday press conference.

McDaniels, 45, was in charge of the Denver Broncos for parts of two seasons, compiling an 8-8 record in 2009 and getting fired after the team started 3-9 the following year.

He built his reputation as the offensive coordinator for six Super Bowl championships, as he worked on the staff of head coach Bill Belichick from 2001-08 and again from 2012-21. He also was the offensive coordinator of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2011.

“I’ve been patient, I’ve been selective, maybe to a fault sometimes,” McDaniels said Monday. “It was going to take a special place for me to really leave where I was, and I found that here in Las Vegas.”

He added, “The last 10 to 12 years I’ve really had an opportunity to grow as a person, as a coach, as a man and try to figure out — after my experiences in Denver and St. Louis — who I am, how I wanted to be defined in my career, what I wanted to represent and how I would lead the next time if I got another opportunity to be a head coach.

“It’s crystallized for me. I’m clear in the vision that I have for this role for this job, for this team and I’m going to be myself. I think that’s really important for me and our organization going forward.”

In 2018, he accepted — and then backed out of — the job as head coach of the Colts. Sports Illustrated later reported that it wasn’t because the Patriots put a deal in place to make him the heir apparent to Bill Belichick, as was rumored, but instead over concerns about the football operations chain of command in Indianapolis.

Ziegler, 44, also comes from the Patriots, where he served in the front office since 2013 and was the director of player personnel last year.

“Obviously, Josh and I are tied in many ways in our vision of how to build a team and our vision of what we want, in terms of the players we bring into the building is very connected,” Ziegler said. “But at the end of the day, when it’s time to make decisions of all personnel, while we’ll work together, those final decisions will be made by me.”

McDaniels added that he was looking forward to working with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who is entering the final year of his contract.

“There’s no question we have the capacity and capability of winning with Derek here,” McDaniels said. “We all know that.”

McDaniels takes over for interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who guided the team to a 7-5 record and a postseason berth. The previous head coach, Jon Gruden, was fired in October after he was found to have sent inflammatory emails.

The Raiders fired GM Mike Mayock following their playoff defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders hire Dave Ziegler as GM; Josh McDaniels reportedly next coach

The Las Vegas Raiders hired Dave Ziegler as their general manager and reportedly are close to hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach, both from the New England Patriots.

The Raiders announced Ziegler’s appointment on Sunday, and multiple outlets reported McDaniels, the Patriots’ longtime offensive coordinator and a former Denver Broncos head coach, would be joining him.

Ziegler, 44, had been with New England since 2013 and spent the 2021 season as the director of player personnel. He replaces Mike Mayock, who was fired after the Raiders’ 26-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC wild-card round.

Ziegler spent three seasons in the Broncos’ scouting department before joining the Patriots. He worked for three seasons as New England’s assistant director of pro scouting, four seasons as director of pro personnel and one as the assistant director of player personnel before being promoted to director of player personnel for 2021.

McDaniels, 45, would replace Jon Gruden, who resigned in October after being linked to offensive emails. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to a 7-5 record the rest of the season and a playoff berth.

McDaniels led the Denver Broncos to an 11-17 record before being fired after Week 13 in his second season on the job in 2010.

He spent the following season as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, then returned to the same role with the Patriots, which he previously held from 2006-08.

In early 2018, McDaniels accepted — and then backed out of — the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans expected to fire head coach David Culley

David Culley is expected to be fired by the Houston Texans, FOX Sports reported Sunday.

General manager Nick Caserio didn’t directly answer questions about Culley’s status last week. When pressed about whether Culley could return, Caserio said all personnel decisions would be made in the offseason.

FOX reported New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a longtime co-worker of Caserio with the Patriots, is the top candidate in Houston.

Culley is in his first season as a head coach and was hired during a tumultuous offseason by the Texans. He previously served as wide receivers coach under John Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 66-year-old Culley had never been a head coach at the college or professional levels during a coaching career that began in 1978.

Culley was the oldest coach in NFL history at the time of his debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bud Wilkinson (62 years, 133 days) had held that distinction from his 29-game stint with the then-St. Louis Cardinals in 1978-79.

The Texans’ decision to tab Culley as head coach in January came under extra scrutiny because franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson had made known his unhappiness regarding player and front-office moves in the past few seasons. Watson reportedly was upset that the Texans said he could have input into offseason decisions, but the team didn’t follow through.

With Watson under investigation by police in Houston and the subject of civil lawsuits by 22 women following allegations of sexual misconduct, the quarterback was inactive for all 17 games this season. NFL Network reported Sunday that the Texans want to trade Watson before the 2022 league year begins on March 16.

–Field Level Media