ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that linebackers coach Antonio Pierce will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Las Vegas is currently tied for last in the AFC West with 3 wins and 5 losses.
“After careful consideration of what the Raiders need moving forward, we have decided to part ways with Josh and Dave,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “I would like to thank both of them for their hard work and wish them and their families all the best.”
McDaniels, 47, is in his second year at the helm of the Raiders after spending the past 10 seasons with the New England Patriots as offensive coordinator on Bill Belichick’s staff. The Raiders fell to 9-16 under McDaniels after losing to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football earlier this week.
McDaniels was fired midway through his second season as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009, where he finished with an 11-17 record.
Last year, the offensive line finished 12th in the scoring rankings, but after a middling season in which they struggled to shut out games, the gears have fallen off this year. McDaniels released longtime starting QB Derek Carr and replaced him with Jimmy Garoppolo, but the offense has ranked 30th in points through eight games.
Ziegler was hired ahead of the 2022-23 season after becoming the Patriots’ director of player personnel in 2021.
Pierce spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Commanders franchise. Appointed interim head coach of the New York Giants in his second year with the team.
Raiders return to the field for the game The New York Giants play at home on Sunday.