Raiders eliminate interim tag, name Antonio Pierce head coach

HENDERSON, Nev.– Antonio Pierce was formally revealed as the brand-new full-time head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday.

Raiders owner Mark Davis raised Pierce from linebackers coach to interim coach following the Halloween night shootings of coach Josh McDaniels and basic supervisor Dave Ziegler, and Pierce, together with interim GM Champ Kelly, altered the culture of the Raiders’ locker space over night.

Following the Raiders’ season-ending 27-14 triumph over the Denver Broncos, Davis informed ESPN he was “truly delighted” about the task Pierce carried out in leading the group to a 5-4 surface after he took control of.

Besides completing with a winning record, the Raiders likewise went 3-1 in the AFC West under Pierce, scoring a franchise-record 63 points versus the Los Angeles Chargers and beating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Arena for just the 2nd time considering that 2013.

In revealing Pierce as their brand-new head coach, the Raiders erased the word “interim” in a post on X.

When Davis initially promoted Pierce, who had actually never ever been a head coach above the high school level, Davis informed ESPN he did not desire Pierce to always “coach,” even “lead” and “delegate.”

The Raiders played a cleaner, stingier and more concentrated video game after Pierce took control of.

Think About: Under Pierce, the Raiders led the NFL in least points enabled per video game (16.0 ), protective goals (4) and least charges (31) while having the 10th-most takeaways (14 ), being 4th in point differential (62) and connecting for 3rd most in sacks (30) from Week 9 through completion of the season.

Davis likewise stated at the time, “[Pierce] comprehends the culture of the Raiders, which is essential to me.”

Maturing in Compton, California, beyond Los Angeles a substantial fan of not just the Raiders when they called L.A. home however likewise regional critical rap group N.W.A, which was understood for using Raiders equipment, right away altered the culture to a players-first environment. A mini-basketball hoop was right away set up in the locker space and the music playlist for practice was altered to consist of the stylings of N.W.A, whose radio-friendly variations of tunes were played in Allegiant Arena throughout pregame warmups, while the Friday group dance-off to start practice returned.

And after home success, the Raiders lit celebratory stogies in the locker space.

Pierce likewise benched pricey however oft-injured veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in favor of novice Aidan O’Connell, with Pierce calling the child his “BFF” on more than one event.

Indifferent losses, however, came versus the Minnesota Vikings (3-0) at Allegiant Arena and at the Indianapolis Colts (23-20), keeping the Raiders out of the playoffs.

Raiders gamers purchased into Pierce’s management design, with All-Pro pass receiver Davante Adams stating his “vote” was for Pierce which he would “go through a wall for that male.” Three-time Pro Bowl edge rush Maxx Crosby, who had a career-high 14.5 sacks this season, likewise voiced assistance for Pierce.

” It’s famous,” Crosby stated after the season ending. “When you have the best culture, a guy like A.P. that welcomes the history of the Raiders, it’s unique. … A lots of legends [visit] regularly due to the fact that the quantity of regard they have for him. So it makes you, as a gamer, wish to head out there and reveal who you are. You understand what I suggest? You wish to be at that level one day.”

Pierce likewise gathered assistance from Raider alumni such as Hall of Popularity protective back Charles Woodson, who indicated Pierce being a previous linebacker in the NFL, and two-time Super Bowl champ quarterback Jim Plunkett, who observed the gamers reacting to Pierce in fast style.

A Pro Bowler himself for the New York City Giants in 2006, Pierce played 9 seasons in the NFL with Washington (2001 to 2004) and the Giants (2005 to 2009). He was an essential member of the Giants group that beat the then-undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

After completing 8-9 general, however, the Raiders have just had 2 winning records and 2 playoff looks– after the 2016 and 2021 seasons– considering that appearing in Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003.

Pierce is the seventh head coach (routine and interim) Davis has actually employed considering that presuming control of the franchise upon his Hall of Popularity dad Al Davis’ death in 2011, together with Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano, Jack Del Rio, Jon Gruden, Rich Bisaccia and McDaniels.

While there is no word yet on the status of Kelly, he is a prominent prospect to return as GM.

Pierce, 45, was asked in his season-ending press conference about the head-coach task.

” I will never ever utilize the word ‘be worthy of,'” he stated. “Ideally, I have actually made it.”

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