April 18, 2024
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The Las Vegas Raiders are finalizing their head teaching search. 

The Raiders are engaged on finalizing a deal to rent Antonio Pierce as the subsequent head coach of the group, in response to a number of experiences. 

Interim head coach Antonio Pierce of the Las Vegas Raiders gestures to followers as he runs off the sector after the crew’s 27-14 victory over the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium Jan. 7, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

Pierce took over as head coach throughout Week 9 of the NFL season after proprietor Mark Davis fired Josh McDaniels in simply his second season. 

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Pierce went 5-4 as interim head coach, and the Raiders gained three of their final 4 video games to finish the 12 months. 

The previous participant had help from the locker room, together with star vast receiver Davante Adams

“It’s clearly who I needed. That’s my vote, and I’ve been vocal about that,” Adams stated earlier than Week 18. “That’s mainly how the entire locker room feels, and with good motive. He’s are available and finished an excellent job. It’s continued to win us over. 

Interim head coach Antonio Pierce of the Las Vegas Raiders greets vast receiver Davante Adams (17) as he runs off the sector after a landing within the first quarter of a recreation in opposition to the New York Giants at Allegiant Stadium Nov. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

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“It’s not simply the snug factor. I feel having AP right here shall be good for this group. He sort of embodies what it means to be a Raider. That mentality, that swag and all of the issues he endorses is all of the issues he believes in. Undoubtedly rooting for him.”

Three-time Professional Bowler Maxx Crosby additionally voiced his help for Pierce to be given the full-time job. 

Las Vegas Raiders fans hold a sign

Las Vegas Raiders followers maintain up an indication supporting interim head coach Antonio Pierce, utilizing his nickname “AP,” earlier than the crew’s recreation in opposition to the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium Jan. 7, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

“It’s legendary,” Crosby stated after the season finale, in response to ESPN. “When you may have the appropriate tradition, a man like AP that embraces the historical past of the Raiders, it’s particular. … A ton of legends [visit] persistently as a result of the quantity of respect they’ve for him. So, it makes you, as a participant, wish to go on the market and present who you’re. You realize what I imply? You wish to be at that degree in the future.”

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Pierce performed linebacker within the NFL for 9 years, profitable a Tremendous Bowl with the New York Giants. He was named to the Professional Bowl in 2006 and completed his profession with 691 tackles and 9 sacks. 

Fox Information’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report