Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff WriterNov 2, 2023, 07:39 PM ET
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HENDERSON, Nev.– It was a various ambiance at the Las Vegas Raiders center Thursday, when the group held its very first practice under interim coach Antonio Pierce.
From heating up to the musical stylings of critical rap group N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” to All-Pro receiver Davante Adams taking running back Ameer Abdullah to school in the locker space’s brand-new mini-basketball hoop to offending linemen battling each other WWE design to even, yes, a brand-new beginning quarterback in novice Aidan O’Connell, it was a brand-new day.
All less than 48 hours after the Raiders fired Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler as coach and basic supervisorrespectively, and changed them with Pierce and Champ Kelly.
“Don’t get it puzzled,” Adams warned. “It’s not an event that we have a brand-new coach and there’s been modifications made. We, certainly, believe it was time, one method or the other, it was time for some sort of modification. Simply to bring a little juice in and renew the group a bit. I believe that’s kind of the frame of mind we’re having, simply attempting to have enjoyable and enjoy our time in this structure since I believe as we speak to each other, it’s been too much of, this has actually simply been feeling like work too much and not having enough enjoyable.”
Adams went on to thank McDaniels and Ziegler for trading for him.
“As I’ve stated many times, I wish to be a Raider,” Adams included. “So I wish to attempt to make this work and do whatever I can to keep it going now.”
Pro Bowl edge rush Maxx Crosby Thanked McDaniels for pressing him to be a much better leader however included that he just desired to win.
“I wish to remain in a fantastic environment,” Crosby stated. “I wish to appear to work each and every single day and feel excellent energy. I seem like that’s more crucial than anything. At the end of the day, you’ve got to enjoy this. If you do not, you’re not going to have much success and it’s currently hard sufficient to head out there and do what we do. If you’re strolling in the structure, not enjoying it, it’s going to be even harder.”
In Pierce, Crosby stated he feels a natural leader, a previous gamer who was a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champ with the New York City Giantsthe Raiders’ challengers on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
“Guys relate truly well,” Crosby stated.
Maybe none will need to vibe with Pierce more than the brand-new beginning quarterback.
Novice O’Connell is at the center of the greatest on-field modification for the developing Raiders and was tapped by Pierce and Kelly to change pricey however oft-injured and inadequate so far Jimmy Garoppolo
“Obviously a little insane, simply a lot going on around here and absolutely nothing I’ve become part of in the past,” O’Connell stated of the previous couple of days. “I had one coach my entire time in college, so it’s all quite foreign to me. Simply attempting to take it day by day, truly minute by minute and attempt to enjoy it as much as I can.
“Definitely frustrating to understand the guys have my back and are extremely helpful, both vocally and how they treat me. That provides me a lot of self-confidence in myself and I value that a lot from them.”
O’Connell began the Raiders’ Week 4 loss at the Los Angeles Chargerswhen Garoppolo was out with a concussion, and likewise played in relief of Brian Hoyer 2 weeks earlier in the blowout defeat at the Chicago Bearswith Garoppolo sidelined by a back injury.
The fourth-round choice from Purdue has actually finished 65.4% of his passes (34-of-52) for 313 backyards, a goal pass and 2 interceptions for a passer ranking of 72.0, an overall QBR of 7.6. He has actually likewise been sacked 7 times, losing 2 of 3 fumbles.
“It was certainly an insane couple of days therefore I discovered the other day,” O’Connell stated of being called the starter moving forward. “These discussions take place fast due to the fact that we’ve got to start and begin getting the work therefore they’ve, once again, voiced their self-confidence in me and been incredibly helpful of me from A.P. to Champ and Bo [Hardegree, interim offensive coordinator]all alike. Once again, simply them being positive in me and revealing that verbally, has actually been substantial for me.”
Former Pro Bowl receiver Hunter Renfrow Pointed to a “various energy” under Pierce.
“We’re not strolling on eggshells all over,” stated Renfrow, a forgotten guy in the previous offense.
“I imply, I believe there was things that McDaniels did actually well? I’m not going to sit here and state he was a bad coach. He’s excellent … however I believe with A.P. being a gamer and simply having various energy, it’s simply various. And we have a basketball [game] going on in the locker space now, attempting to have a little enjoyable. Simply attempting to return to having a good time as a kid and playing the video game. Well, I believe that’s been his message.”
Another modification? The Raiders on Thursday signed linebacker Jaylon Smith off the New Orleans Saints’ practice team. He was a second-round choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 out of Notre Dame and was called to the Pro Bowl in 2019.
Pierce was the Raiders’ linebackers coach before rising by owner Mark Davis. And it was Davis who informed ESPN he didn’t always desire Pierce to “coach” the group, even he desired him to “lead” the gamers.
Which was great with Adams.
“You require someone that understands how to lead guys, which’s not me stating that Josh wasn’t that guy, however that’s simply what [Davis is] clearly mentioning due to the fact that I believe Josh was excellent at leading guys,” Adams stated. “He had the best concept and, what he was searching for out of this group, I completely concur with whatever that he desired us to do. It’s not like he was sending us out there with bad objectives or not with our benefits at heart.
“But A.P. is not going to get in there and state, ‘Run this play for ‘Tae,'” Adams chuckled. “He do not understand any of our plays. He’s over there training linebackers and handling the defense. I believe it’s more about simply having him form our minds, getting us prepared to go out there. I suggest, I’m currently all set to go through a wall for that guy, so it’s a great sensation.”