The thing you need to understand to understand the NFL is that there are rich people, and then there are richMark Davis is just rich. Oh, don’t misunderstand. Mark is fine. He’s a regular on Supercuts and PF Chang’s by choice, not necessarily. But when it comes to spending—more specifically, having to actually think about and keep track of the money he’s spending—he’s closer to you or me than David Tepper or Stan Kroenke. Anyone with Davis’ net worth and cash on hand would never be allowed to buy into the modern NFL, as his buying power is not functionally unlimited. Because of the league’s salary cap, this isn’t always clear cut: the amount of money on each team’s roster is more or less the same. But they appear elsewhere. In Cincinnati, another NFL franchise with notable cash issues, not so long ago that meant it Reusable jockstraps and no Gatoradeand still means no GM and Just hardly an exploratory section. Mark Davis is not that Cheap; Firmly and forever in his father’s shadow, he understands the value of appearances. But the Raiders still run unlike most other NFL teams. When they make a financial commitment, they stick with it, for better or for worse. As it happens, it usually gets worse.
Josh McDaniels was one such financial commitment. The long-awaited head coach has finally been given the reins to this year’s Raiders, and it’s not going well. He turned a 10-7 team into a 2-7 team, and barely two months into the season, he’s already thrown all the traditional cues of a walking dead coach. He has already given us Closed meeting with the ownerand the A general apology to the fansAnd the loss of signature, in this case for a team without a quarterback and with a coach who has never coached above high school and has nothing to play for. The only thing missing from this biography of remorse is the dreaded vote of confidence. That was it, until this week.
“I love Josh. I think he’s doing a great job,” Davis told the local newspaper, where he made the rounds in the media telling anyone who would listen that McDaniels’ work was not in question. It was his next stop To call national outlets:
“People in today’s world want instant gratification. The man has coached nine games. We’re 2-7, not the results we’re looking for, but at the same time we lost six games from one point on the ball and a chance to win at the end,” Davis said.
Asked about giving the trust to McDaniels, who was hired in January, Davis said it happened when he signed him to a deal.
“I gave him my vote of confidence when I signed him to a contract to be the coach of the Raiders. That’s when I gave it to him,” he told ESPN.
Davis added, “Rome was not built in a day.”
Davis Right Saying the Raiders’ record in one-score games is atrocious is a bit like saying the Romans could have won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest if a few things had broken out differently. But his point is clear: He’s not firing McDaniels, not now, and maybe not this off-season. Or, to put a finer point on it, he’s not hiring and paying another coach while still owing the McDaniels money.
The Raiders were until recently still paying Jack Del Rio, who was fired for one season on a four-year extension (the same contract situation McDaniels would find himself in this unofficial season). They’re still paying John Gruden, who reached an undisclosed settlement on the $40 million he was still owed when he quit mid-season last year. Some NFL franchises can swallow paying two or even three coaches at a time; The Raiders aren’t really one of those teams. Raiders don’t have money to shoot [McDaniels]for paying him,” Bill Blaschke He said Tuesday. “They lack money.”
The terms of McDaniels’ contract are unknown, but he’s not a stupid guy. He had a comfortable and desirable job with the Patriots, and he knew how badly Davis wanted him. It’s a safe bet that his buyout terms will be a lot of fun for him and a poison pill for Mark Davis, who still has trouble choking out Gruden’s payout. The most telling part of Davis’s public defense of McDaniels was when he asked, rhetorically, “When you sign someone to a contract, don’t you expect them to fulfill the contract?” Put bluntly: We’re stuck paying him, so he might as well let him do the job, no matter how bad he does.
This is perhaps a financially wise, though not necessarily a winning, philosophy. But at least it provides some stability for players, like Davante Adams and Strange emotional Derek Carr pointed out In the wake of Davis’ vote of confidence in McDaniels.
“That kind of informs us, the process, the confidence in that process,” Carr said. “There’s a process and we have time during the season that we know who our captain is, we know we’re rolling, and that gives us confidence as a football team. So, definitely, when he went out and did that, ‘Wow, thank God.’ That kind of thing.”
Karr shouldn’t feel comfortable. When a team has performed as badly as the Raiders this season, it’s rare for both a coach and quarterback to return. It’s usually cheaper and easier to replace the trainer, but given Davis’ finances, that’s not the case here. Carr signed a three-year, $120 million contract extension this past April, however The invaders have come out: If it’s cut within three days of the Super Bowl, nothing is guaranteed specifically, and there will be a minimum of a maximum. But if Carr goes, what about Adams, who asked for a private deal to play him?
These are problems, although not materially different from those faced by most struggling teams. Where the invaders differ is in their inability to paper things. Most NFL franchises can eat their shit and move on. Mark Davis can’t make mistakes, and it’s not a great situation when he keeps making them.