Reports: Raiders close to hiring Josh McDaniels

The Las Vegas Raiders hired Dave Ziegler as their general manager and reportedly are close to hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach, both from the New England Patriots.

The Raiders announced Ziegler’s appointment on Sunday, and multiple outlets reported McDaniels, the Patriots’ longtime offensive coordinator and a former Denver Broncos head coach, would be joining him.



Ziegler, 44, had been with New England since 2013 and spent the 2021 season as the director of player personnel. He replaces Mike Mayock, who was fired after the Raiders’ 26-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC wild-card round.

Ziegler spent three seasons in the Broncos’ scouting department before joining the Patriots. He worked for three seasons as New England’s assistant director of pro scouting, four seasons as director of pro personnel and one as the assistant director of player personnel before being promoted to director of player personnel for 2021.

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McDaniels, 45, would replace Jon Gruden, who resigned in October after being linked to offensive emails. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to a 7-5 record the rest of the season and a playoff berth.

McDaniels led the Denver Broncos to an 11-17 record before being fired after Week 13 in his second season on the job in 2010.

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He spent the following season as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, then returned to the same role with the Patriots, which he previously held from 2006-08.

In early 2018, McDaniels accepted — and then backed out of — the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)