Star edge rusher Maxx Crosby and wide receiver Davante Adams actively champion Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce for the permanent position after the upcoming Sunday matchup against Denver.
Crosby underscores the rarity of NFL head coaching positions and the necessity for a strong leader, throwing his unwavering support behind Pierce. Adams echoes this sentiment, offering his vote for Pierce to continue in the coaching role, a sentiment shared by the majority of the locker room.
It’s worth noting that Crosby previously advocated for retaining interim coach Rich Bisaccia two years ago, a decision ultimately overridden by owner Mark Davis in favor of the then rapidly discharged Josh McDaniels.
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The question now looms over whether Davis will heed the call from these influential players this time around. Under Pierce’s guidance, the Raiders have showcased increased competitiveness, leading the NFL in scoring defense since his takeover.
The team’s performance statistics tell a compelling story of improvement. Despite these strides, Pierce’s record stands at 4-4 going into the finale, prompting questions about whether Davis believes Pierce can sustain this positive momentum into the 2024 campaign.
For Crosby, the primary focus is on wins and establishing a winning culture. Frustrated with past inconsistencies and a lack of stability, he emphasizes the need for change, expressing a strong desire for stability and consistent success.