This would not occur Kellen Moore, Ben Johnson or Mike McDonald. However for “some unusual purpose,” Antonio Pierce has to cope with it.
When the Las Vegas Raiders entered Arrowhead Stadium on Monday and upset Kansas Metropolis 20-14, it wasn’t simply proof that the absences of Eric Bieniemy and Tyreek Hill have modified the best way we view the Chiefs; the most recent instance of why the center tag should not be connected to Pierce’s identify.
“Nice work by these guys, our employees, [defensive coordinator] Patrick Graham… it is powerful,” Pierce stated as he turned emotional after the sport.
“That is what we needed. We stated: sufficient is sufficient. It was purported to final all 60 minutes and it did. Fairly a job to complete with our assault.”
On a day the place the NFL proved it may steal Christmas away from the NBA, Baltimore’s 33-19 street win over San Francisco might be what many are specializing in as Lamar Jackson used the post-game press convention to announce the ‘disrespect‘ that he and his staff needed to cope with earlier than the sport. The true disrespect in current weeks, nevertheless, has come from Raiders proprietor Mark Davis, as he has but to announce Pierce as Las Vegas’ everlasting head coach.
Since Pierce took over when Josh McDaniels was fired, the Raiders have gone 4-3, defeated the Chargers and Chiefs, and have not fully disappeared from the playoff image at 7-8. Monday’s win additionally marked the primary time the Raiders have gained over Kansas Metropolis since 2020, and solely the second time they’ve defeated Patrick Mahomes.
The true purpose why Davis’ inaction is so disrespectful to Pierce is that it’s far too usually an instance of how racism works within the NFL, particularly relating to black coaches.
Historical past – and homeowners – have not been good to black males who put on the in-between label. Between 2010 and final fall, there have been fourteen instances when a white coach served beneath the interim title. In that very same timeframe, there was by no means a time when a black interim coach was changed by one other black coach. Leslie Frazier (2010) and Romeo Crennel (2011) are among the many few exceptions in league historical past during which a Black interim coach has been promoted.
It is as if Mark Davis does not need to be taught from Dave Tepper’s mistake.
“I’ve spoken to Steve (Wilks), no guarantees have been made, but when he does a unbelievable job he ought to take it under consideration,” Panthers proprietor Dave Tepper stated final October when Wilks was introduced as Carolina’s interim coach. Tepper selected Frank Reich over Wilks a choice that went towards what the gamers needed. Tepper fired Reich (1-10) final month, the Panthers are terrible, and Wilks has been vindicated as he serves because the 49ers’ defensive coordinator.
With video games remaining towards the Colts and Broncos – two groups additionally nonetheless preventing to make the postseason – the Raiders may make issues attention-grabbing in the event that they win. However even when that is not the case, Antonio Pierce has already proven why he needs to be the following full-time Black head coach within the NFL, as we’re compelled to look – once more – on the hurdles Black coaches face.
“I really feel like the largest factor I can say about him is he is simply direct,” the Raiders defensive finish stated Maxx Crosby stated about Pierce final month. “He is blunt about all the things, he will inform you the reality. Generally you do not need to hear it, however you’d somewhat that than have somebody sugarcoat it. You need to respect a man like AP as a result of he is been a participant, he is been in our sneakers, he is been on the opposite aspect – he is coached – and he is seen all of it. Such a person, who can stand in entrance of the room and demand respect, makes everybody else be a bit extra concerned, have a bit nervousness – I’ve to be clear, however on the similar time, You need to play for such an individual, as a result of he has your again.”