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Las Vegas Raiders Name Antonio Pierce As Interim Head Coach

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The Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager David Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels on Tuesday, elevating linebackers coach Antonio Pierce to temporary head coach.

After serving as Arizona State’s linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, and assistant head coach from 2018 to 21, Pierce, 45, is in his second season with the Raiders.

He spent nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker, first with the Washington (2001–04) and then the New York Giants (2005–09). He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2006, and he finished with 691 tackles, nine sacks, and seven interceptions in 124 games (94 starts)—all while helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLII.

“The Las Vegas Raiders are committed to undergo a comprehensive search for a head coach once the season is complete,” the team said in a statement.

On Sunday, when the Raiders (3-5) meet the Giants (2-6) in his former team’s home, Pierce will make his coaching debut.

Additionally, it was announced on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi left the Raiders. This season, Las Vegas has yet to score more than 19 points in a single game. Play-calling was the responsibility of Lombardi and McDaniels.

According to NFL Network, Bo Hardegree, the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach, will take Lombardi’s position.

According to a number of sources, Aidan O’Connell, a rookie quarterback, would replace the unpredictable Jimmy Garoppolo in Sunday’s game.

When Garoppolo was sidelined with a concussion in the Raiders’ Week 4 road defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers, O’Connell, 25, a fourth-round selection out of Purdue, was on the field.

Due to Garoppolo’s back injury in Week 7, O’Connell replaced starter Brian Hoyer in a road defeat to the Chicago Bears.

In his first two games, O’Connell has completed 34 of 52 passes for 313 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He has one running touchdown and has been sacked seven times.

Garoppolo, who turns 32 on Thursday, took over as the Raiders’ starting quarterback in March after Derek Carr was traded for a three-year $72.75 million deal with a $34 million guarantee.

In six games this season, Garoppolo has thrown an NFL-high nine interceptions while completing 65.5% of his passes for 1,205 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 47-year-old McDaniels was halfway through his second season of employment when he signed a six-year contract in January 2022. Last season, the Raiders finished 6-11. They have defeated the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots in three of their victories this season.

The host Detroit Lions defeated Las Vegas on Monday night, 26-14.

In addition, Ziegler, 46, was in his second year of service.

Ziegler and McDaniels both arrived in Las Vegas from the Patriots.

Before his brief tenure as head coach of the Broncos (8-8 in 2009, 3-9 when he was sacked in 2010), McDaniels was an assistant coach with New England from 2001 to 2008. After serving as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2011, he rejoined Bill Belichick’s staff in 2012 and served as offensive coordinator for the Patriots until 2021.

From 2013 to 21, Ziegler had positions in the New England front office as director of player personnel and director of pro personnel.

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