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Las Vegas Raiders: Antonio Pierce deserves head coaching job

As the Las Vegas Raiders ruined the Chiefs Christmas winning 20-14 one things inevitably clear, Antonio Pierce deserves to have the interim tag dropped. The former Super Bowl winning linebacker grew up with the Raiders in his blood, growing up in Long Beach, CA he embodies a lot of the Raiders culture as he referenced in his introductory press conference. Filling in for the fired Josh Mcdaniels, Pierce has completely changed the trajectory of the Raiders season. Pierce is now 4-3 as head coach of the Raiders with one of those losses coming against the Vikings in a 3-0 game.

While many teams would’ve quit after their coach was fired and the season would’ve been lost Pierce as turned the team into a tough out every week. Mind you in the Christmas day matchup Las Vegas Raiders QB Aidan O’Connell made his last completion with two minutes left to play in the first quarter and the Raiders still won the game. While Pierce doesn’t fit the mold of a flashy Las Vegas Raiders head coaching hire he’s what the team and organization needs even if it’s on a short prove it coaching deal.

Take Jack Jones for example, Pierce gets the Raiders job and takes in Jones a player he coached in both high school and college. Jones was coming off of being released by the Patriots and has turned his season and maybe even his career around scoring on pick sixes in back-to-back games.

The Las Vegas Raiders were in this same position after Jon Gruden was fired in 2021 when interim head coach Rich Bisaccia became the first interim head coach since Bruce Arians to lead his team to a post season berth. The Raiders however went with the flashy hire hiring Josh McDaniel’s a mistake they’ll pay for in the years to come. The Raiders would be making a massive mistake by letting a culture setter and a leader of men like Pierce out of the building.