The Las Vegas Raiders have removed the interim tag and named Antonio Pierce as their new permanent head coach, according to multiple reports. Pierce took over as interim head coach after the Raiders fired Josh McDaniels in December.
Pierce Brings Experience, Culture Fit
Pierce has received strong endorsements from Raiders players and executives since taking over in December. Defensive end Maxx Crosby praised Pierce’s leadership and said the team “f—-d up” by hiring McDaniels over Rich Bisaccia last year.
Raiders owner Mark Davis cited Pierce’s familiarity with the team and fit with the culture as reasons for removing the interim tag. Pierce played for the Raiders from 2019-2021 and was the team’s linebackers coach this past season before being elevated to interim head coach.
According to multiple reports, Pierce has agreed to a 5-year contract to become the Raiders’ new head coach. Financial details have not been disclosed, but the deal likely makes Pierce one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL.
|Raiders Linebackers Coach/Interim Head Coach
The Raiders chose Pierce over several external candidates, including Sean Payton and DeMeco Ryans. By hiring from within, Las Vegas continues its commitment to culture and chemistry in the post-Jon Gruden era.
Coaching Staff Takes Shape
In addition to hiring Pierce, the Raiders are also reportedly bringing in former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis as an assistant. Lewis led the Bengals from 2003-2018 and has a long history with Pierce. Reuniting in Las Vegas gives the Raiders an experienced coaching tandem to lead the team forward.
There is also speculation that Pierce could try to bring Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels to Las Vegas. Pierce coached Daniels in college and could try to reunite with the young signal caller.
Reaction Around The NFL
News of Pierce’s hiring drew praise from many around the league, including Hall of Fame coach Deion Sanders. Sanders tweeted congratulations to his former Giants teammate.
“Congrats to my brother @AntonioPierce on becoming the new Head Coach of the @Raiders! So happy for you, AP! #Truth”
Other former teammates and players Pierce has coached also showed support on social media, as did Raiders owner Mark Davis and GM Dave Ziegler.
The hiring signals that the Raiders are moving in a new direction after the failed Josh McDaniels experiment. There is optimism that Pierce can bring stability and accountability to a team that has struggled with consistency.
With a 5-year contract in hand, Antonio Pierce now faces high expectations to return the Raiders to contender status. How he fills out his staff and handles personnel decisions will be critical in determining if Las Vegas made the right choice.
To err is human, but AI does it too. Whilst factual data is used in the production of these articles, the content is written entirely by AI. Double check any facts you intend to rely on with another source.